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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 28, 2019

The highlights of Tuesday’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.

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BOSTON _The St. Louis Blues learned a tough lesson in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final about just how fast, deep and skilled the bruising Boston Bruins are. To avoid falling into a 2-0 hole in the series, they’ll have to figure out how to stop the Bruins_ or at least slow them down. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. With HKN--STANLEY CUP-TYPICALLY TUUKKA (upcoming) and HKN--STANLEY CUP-HELMETLESS KRUG (sent).


TORONTO _ It is back-to-work time for the Toronto Raptors. The reveling over getting to the NBA Finals _ a celebration replete with an impromptu parade through their home arena with the Eastern Conference championship trophy _ is over. The biggest challenge in franchise history awaits. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. With BKN--NBA FINALS-MEDITATING THOMPSON (sent).


PARIS _ Top-seeded Naomi Osaka was two points from losing her first-round match at the French Open before coming back to win. Osaka stretched her winning streak at Grand Slam tournaments to 15 matches by beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 0-6, 7-6. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos. With TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST, TEN--FRENCH OPEN-OLD TIMERS (both sent), TEN--FRENCH OPEN-GLANCE (upcoming.)



NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Kumar Rocker looks almost out of place on a pitcher’s mound. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Vanderbilt freshman played defensive end in high school, and football runs in the family. His father, Tracy, was the first Southeastern Conference player to win both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy at Auburn before four seasons in the NFL. Uncle David was defensive tackle for four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1990s. Kumar, named by his mother to honor his Indian heritage, chose baseball over taking on offensive linemen. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 7 p.m.



DUBLIN, Ohio _ Jack Nicklaus was talking rivalries in 2003 in South Africa when he told Tiger Woods it was important to always be part of the conversation. Woods is the Masters champion again. And that puts Nicklaus back in the conversation. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. With GLF--GOLF NOTES. Upcoming: 1,000 words, photos by 8 p.m.



ALAMEDA, Calif. _ The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal with troubled guard Richie Incognito. The 35-year-old Incognito has played 11 years in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl four times, and immediately becomes the leading contender to start at left guard in Oakland. But he has also been suspended for bullying, he allegedly made racist slurs to an opponent during a playoff game in January 2018 and he has had two run-ins with police since he retired following the 2017 season. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 650 words, photos. Will be updated following practice.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera is placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball following his arrest in a domestic violence case at an Atlantic City casino. Herrera was arrested Monday night on an assault charge at the Golden Nugget Casino. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 430 words, photos. Will be updated following Phillies’ pre-game availability.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Frankie Montas (6-2) and the Oakland Athletics go for their 11th straight win when they host the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels will use an opener before turning the game over to Nick Trapeano. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:05 p.m.


MADRID _ The Spanish league says several soccer players and club executives have been arrested for suspected match-fixing in Spain. The league says the arrests were carried out by the National Police and says it instigated the investigation. By Tales Azzoni and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 620 words, photos.


BAKU, Azerbaijan _ As Arsenal and Chelsea fans scramble for flights and buses to get to the Europa League final, Baku’s streets are quiet. On the main shopping street, only soccer-shaped plant pots indicate there’s a game on at all. Of the foreign fans scattered around the city on Tuesday, many were from Russia or other Asian countries. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 760 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Sports Illustrated magazine has been sold for $110 million to a company that specializes in managing fashion, entertainment and sports brands, including marketing rights to Shaquille O’Neal and Muhammad Ali. The seller, Meredith Corp., will continue running the print edition and the website SI.com for at least two years. Its editor and publisher are staying on, and the magazine will have editorial independence. By Tali Arbel. SENT: 510 words, photos.


Tuesday Time Schedule (EDT)


San Diego at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, completion of suspended game, 5:40 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


Indiana at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

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