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Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn’t get better, along come the NBA playoffs. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse tells PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg “it’s been a privilege” watching Leonard raise his game.
Kentucky Derby winner Country House is skipping the Preakness, ending the chance of a third Triple Crown in five years. The decision is confirmed to the AP by the colt’s assistant trainer. Country House won the Derby as a 65-1 shot after Maximum Security was disqualified. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 350 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS _ After winning in Dallas to force Game 7, the Blues can reach the conference finals with a victory at home. St. Louis has been riding the play of rookie goalie Jordan Binnington. Stars goalie Ben Bishop left Game 6 with a shoulder injury but should play. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
TORONTO_ With Kawhi Leonard averaging 38 points in this series, the Raptors and 76ers are 2-2 entering Game 5 of the second round. Philadelphia needs stronger play from Ben Simmons and must hope Joel Embiid is not slowed by a virus as he was in Game 4. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA _ The NFL concussion fund says it has paid out $485 million since its start in 2017, a claims administrator says. But some retired players’ lawyers say there aren’t enough doctors in the approved network to diagnose dementia cases. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LIVERPOOL, England _ Barcelona protects a 3-0 lead going into the second leg of its Champions League semifinal against Liverpool. Liverpool will be without star forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.
ON FOOTBALL-MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
Florida State’s Willie Taggart and UCLA’s Chip Kelly topped the 2018 list of newly hired coaches deemed most likely to succeed. Then they proceeded to flop. Keep that in mind when the AP ranks more than two dozen coaches joining new teams this season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-FIRST WIN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Max Homa was an amateur star who saw just about everyone else in his age group succeed. Mark O’Meara can appreciate how he was feeling, and how meaningful it is to finally win. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 1,000 words.
DENVER _ The Nuggets, coming off a series-tying win in Portland, return home for Game 5, led by Nikola Jokic and with surprising help from Will Barton. The Trail Blazers have gotten a big lift from their bench but can use more production from the starting five. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
Kevin Durant vs. James Harden. This riveting, even series resumes Wednesday, with Houston at Golden State for Game 5. Also, Boston faces elimination, down 3-1 and playing at Milwaukee. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog’s overtime goal forced Game 7 against San Jose. The Sharks, meanwhile, hope to get their captain back Wednesday. Joe Pavelski has been out all series with a head injury from Game 7 of the first round. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.
_ HKN--BRUINS ADVANCE _ Goalie Tuukka Rask stands tall as Boston reaches conference finals. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ HKN--OILERS-HOLLAND _ Edmonton hires longtime Red Wings executive Ken Holland as general manager. SENT: 400 words, photos.
RAC--COUNTRY HOUSE-FORGOTTEN WINNER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ If not for the roses outside the stable or the sign by his stall reading 2019 Kentucky Derby winner, it might be hard to know Country House won horse racing’s marquee event. The buzz is all about the disqualification. By Gary Graves. SENT: 650 words, photos.
_ RAC--MAXIMUM SECURITY-MONMOUTH PARK _ Disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security arrives at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. SENT: 170 words, photos.
DENVER _ Madison Bumgarner, whose likelihood of a trade heightens with each outing, starts for the last-place San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies. Bumgarner (1-4) is facing the only team he’s beaten this season. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:40 p.m.
MADRID _ Roger Federer returns to clay courts with a second-round match against Richard Gasquet at the Madrid Open. Advancing to the third round are Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words photos by 5 p.m.
_ SOC--CINCINNATI-KOCH FIRED _ MLS expansion club in Cincinnati fires coach Alan Koch after slow start. SENT: 140 words.
_ SOC--EUROPEAN CPOMPETITIONS _ European leagues say most clubs oppose changes in competitions. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ CAR--NASCAR-HAMLIN _ Denny Hamlin weakened by nausea, double vision from carbon monoxide after Dover race. SENT: 140 words, photos.
_ OLY--TOKYO 2020-UNHAPPY SPORTS _ Olympic sports leaders criticize Tokyo Games organizers over cuts at venues. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Tuesday Time Schedule (EDT)
Philadelphia at Toronto, 8 p.m.
Portland at Denver, 10:30 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m.
Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Texas at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Arizona at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m.
Miami at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Cincinnati at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.
Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.