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May 19, 2019

The highlights of Sunday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, http://newsroom.ap.org/coverageplan . You can also find a link to Coverage Plan on the left navigation of the Newsroom home page, http://newsroom.ap.org . For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

The supervisor is Ben Nuckols, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Dennis Waszak Jr. at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635.

Deontay Wilder defends his piece of the heavyweight title Saturday against Dominic Breazeale in New York. He tells PodcastOne Sports now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg he wants to punish Breazeale for speaking badly about him.

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GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Brooks Koepka takes a seven-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship as he tries to join Tiger Woods as the only players to successfully defend his title in stroke play. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS

TORONTO_ The Raptors return home seeking to avoid a 3-0 deficit against Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals. Toronto has won five of seven at home in the playoffs, but the Bucks are 4-0 on the road this postseason. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--BLUES-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues look to gain control of the Western Conference final after splitting the first four games when they meet in Game 5 at the Shark Tank. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.

RAC--TRIPLE CROWN-BELMONT

BALTIMORE _ Trainer Mark Casse likes to be aggressive in running his horses, so don’t be surprised if Preakness winner War of Will goes to the Belmont. Even though Kentucky Derby winner Country House and disqualified Maximum Security won’t be there, Country House trainer Bill Mott is pointing star colt Tacitus to the Belmont to challenge War of Will. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m.

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BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS PREVIEW

PORTLAND, Ore._ Draymond Green would rather do more playing than crying these days. Known at times for his temper and tangles with officials, a more mature Green has the Warriors on the brink of their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. “I realized I got to a point where I was doing more crying than playing. I’m sure it was disgusting to watch because I felt disgusting playing that way, and I just wanted to lock back in on the game,” he said. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ Fernando Alonso and McLaren are down to one final shot to make the Indianapolis 500. The team began Sunday with a new setup but rain put the preparation for their final qualifying run on hold. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-NEW PACKAGE

CONCORD, N.C. _ NASCAR’s experimental package for the All-Star Race was a hit _ in more ways than one. It led to tight racing, several key passes and even an old-fashioned post-race brawl between Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TEN--ITALIAN OPEN

ROME _ Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game _ otherwise known as a bagel. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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Sunday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

St. Louis at San Jose, 3 p.m.

Baseball

Houston at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Colorado at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Oakland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 1:20 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.

Minnesota at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

MLS

Cincinnati at Orlando City, 3 p.m.

Atlanta at New York, 5 p.m.

Los Angeles FC at FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at LA Galaxy, 8 p.m.

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