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June 8, 2018
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TOP STORIES

HKN--STANLEY CUP

LAS VEGAS — Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals’ joyous celebration. And right before Ovechkin hoisted the Stanley Cup, the Washington captain put both hands on his head again in a gesture of disbelieving ecstasy. You can believe it, Ovi. So can the Washington fans whose championship drought is finally over. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With:

— HKN--STANLEY CUP-OSHIE. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— HKN--STANLEY CUP-CAPITAL SUPPORT. By W.G. Ramirez. SENT 650 words, photos.

— HKN--STANLEY CUP-WASHINGTON CELEBRATES. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 330 words, photos.

GLF--US OPEN-TIGER’S LAST MAJOR

Hank Haney first noticed something wrong when Tiger Woods got up from the dinner table to get something to drink and stopped suddenly, bent over with his eyes closed and held the position until he could keep walking. That was the first sign Woods was in bad shape with 2008 U.S. Open just 13 days away. Woods went on to win Torrey Pines for his 14th major 10 years ago. It remains his last one. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,900 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKN--NBA FINALS-CURRY

OAKLAND, Calif. — Before the NBA Finals began, Stephen Curry could only chuckle at how long it took for someone to inquire about how badly he wants to add a finals MVP to his decorated resume that already includes two NBA MVPs and the single-season 3-point record. Maybe a minute passed before he got asked. It might come down to Curry and teammate Kevin Durant for the award with the Warriors up 3-0 on LeBron James and the Cavaliers going into Game 4 on with a chance to clinch at Cleveland. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos.

ATHLETES AT THE WHITE HOUSE

For winning teams these days, that shining moment of victory can give way to a politically fraught question: Are you going to celebrate at the White House? Going — or not going — has become a political statement in the era of President Donald Trump. He has managed to draw athletes into his game, whether they want to play or not. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--OWENS-HALL OF FAME

Terrell Owens says he will not attend the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, an unprecedented decision by an enshrinee. Owens was voted into the hall in February after being denied in his first two years of eligibility. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COLUMN

HKN--TIM DAHLBERG-STANLEY CUP

LAS VEGAS — Their story had been too good, their season way too magical. Then the script was suddenly flipped. And the storybook ending the Vegas Golden Knights had desperately hoped for became a story of another kind for the Washington Capitals. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.

PRO BASKETBALL

BKN--NBA FINALS

CLEVELAND — The ending is near for LeBron James and the Cavaliers, now down 3-0 to the unstoppable Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. While there’s almost certain finality to this series, what’s not clear is what happens next for James, the Cavs and the league once the Dubs wrap up their third title in four years. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKN--NBA FINALS-WARRIORS

CLEVELAND — This title, if they finish it off, will be very different for Golden State. The Warriors weren’t the No. 1 seed. They weren’t record-settingly dominant. They dealt with injuries, slumps, uncertainty. All that might make this championship the most rewarding yet. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKN--ON BASKETBALL-DURANT’S SHOT

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant delivered yet again, in Game 3, from nearly the same spot to put Golden State in title position. His late 3-pointer sealed the Warriors’ win and a 3-0 NBA Finals lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. And it almost perfectly mirrored what he did a year ago. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKN--76ERS-COLANGELO

PHILADELPHIA — Bryan Colangelo resigned as president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers in the wake of what an investigation found was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 750 words.

BKN--PELICANS-GENTRY

NEW ORLEANS — Alvin Gentry’s ability to coach the Pelicans into the second round of the playoffs despite the mid-season loss of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins persuaded the club that Gentry deserved to be under contract beyond next season. Gentry agreed on Thursday to an extension covering two additional years, running through the 2020-21 season. By Brett Martel. SENT: 450 words, photo.

— Also:

— BKN--GLEN DAVIS-ASSAULT CHARGES. SENT: 130 words.

HORSE RACING

RAC--BELMONT-BIG MONEY MIKE

NEW YORK — Walking into Belmont Park is like old home week for Mike Smith. The jockey knows the vast track with its sweeping turns like the back of his hand. Smith feels a comfort level at the track that has spelled heartbreak for so many other Triple Crown attempts over the years. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

With:

— RAC--BELMONT-JUSTIFY. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— RAC--BELMONT-GRONKOWSKI. SENT: 500 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--FRENCH OPEN

PARIS — When the French Open final was played a year ago, Sloane Stephens was nowhere near Roland Garros. She was in Chicago with coach Kamau Murray, working her way back from a foot injury that required surgery and sidelined her for 11 months. The times are good now. Stephens closed in on her second Grand Slam title by beating pal Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday in the first all-American semifinal at the French Open since 2002. It also was a rematch of the U.S. Open final won by Stephens last September. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 770 words, photos.

With:

— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-MEN. SENT: 700 words.

— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-GLANCE. SENT.

GOLF

GLF--US OPEN

SOUTHHAMPTION, N.Y. —Such is the reputation of century-old Shinnecock Hills that everyone can’t wait to get there for the U.S. Open. No one is more excited than the USGA, the organization that runs what it calls the ultimate test in golf. Lately, this ultimate test has seemed more like a trivia quiz. Twice in the last three years, the U.S. Open has gone to courses only a decade old. It reached a point where Jack Nicklaus, whose name is on the gold medal awarded to the winner, feared the U.S. Open was losing its identity. Shinnecock Hills should restore that feeling. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GLF--US OPEN-CAPSULES

SOUTHHAMPTON, N.Y. — A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on June 14-17. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 3 a.m.

GLF--US OPEN-TRIVIA QUIZ

SOUTHHAMPTON, N.Y. — How well do you know your U.S. Open history? Try this quiz. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 a.m.

With:

— GLF--US OPEN-DRAW. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 550 words.

— GLF--US OPEN-FACTS AND FIGURES. SENT: 350 words.

— GLF--US OPEN-HOLE BY HOLE. SENT: 1,200 words.

— GLF--US OPEN-YARDAGE-PAR. SENT.

GLF--ST. JUDE CLASSIC

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Seamus Power birdied the final hole for a 5-under 65 and the St. Jude Classic lead Thursday, with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Brooks Koepka a stroke back on the crowded leaderboard. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 500 words.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-SADIO MANE

One fan thumps his chest with his fist. Another raises a Senegalese flag high in the air. Around them, hundreds of others holler, jump and dart about in wild celebration. Sadio Mane has scored. Described as a quiet kid, even shy, the Liverpool forward showed determination and focus at a young age to emerge form a rural village and find international stardom in Europe. Senegal now expects him to deliver at the World Cup. By Ken Maguire. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 a.m.

SOC--2026 WORLD CUP BIDS-NORTH AMERICA

LONDON — A World Cup winner and Olympic champion with the United States, Hope Solo now wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests: FIFA’s vote on the 2026 World Cup host. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-FOOD

MOSCOW — Russian cuisine has a reputation for being stodgy, unimaginative fare. While that may have been true for many in the days of Soviet supply shortages, a new generation of Russians in the World Cup’s host cities mix together influences from across Europe and Asia. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

— SOC--WCUP-SINGER BANNED. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 300 words.

— SOC--WCUP-REFEREE RESIGNS. SENT: 130 words.

AP Sports Extra: World Cup: A paginated preview of the World Cup is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The tournament in Russia starts June 14. The pages look at the top storylines, including Germany’s bid to repeat as champion and key players to watch. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Speaking for the first time at the Patriots’ minicamp, Tom Brady could have had plenty to talk about had he waited a few hours. Instead, reports broke later Thursday that one of the New England quarterback’s favorite receivers, Julian Edelman, could be suspended for violating the league’s performance-enhancers policy. SENT: 730 words, photos.

FBN--COLTS-LUCK

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts coach Frank Reich believes his starting quarterback will soon be throwing. Andrew Luck will get the last word on when it happens. Luck continues to rehabilitate from shoulder surgery that took place more than 16 months ago, cost him all of last season and almost all of this year’s offseason workouts. The Colts will hold a three-day mandatory mini-camp next week, and he’s not expected to throw then, either. By Michael Marot. SENT: 630 words, photo.

— Also:

— FBN--FBN--COALITION-BAIL REFORM. SENT: 150 words.

— FBN--BEARS-ANTHEM. SENT: 130 words.

— FBN--BROWNS-JOHNSON. By Tom Withers. SENT: 280 words, photo.

— FBN--LIONS-SINGLETARY. By Noah Trister. SENT: 430 words, photos.

— FBN--CARDINALS-DJERI. By Bob Baum. SENT: 600 words.

— FBN--SEAHAWKS-NEW VOICES. By Tim Booth. SENT: 600 words.

BASEBALL

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday: Subway Series begins, Cubs still talking slides, Correa being careful, Dodgers’ besieged bullpen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— Also:

— BBA--RANGERS-DANIELS. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 500 words, photo.

— BBA--YANKEES-MONTGOMERY. SENT: 200 words, photo.

— BBM--ABAD DRUG SUSPENSION. SENT: 250 words, photo.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

BBC--NCAA SUPER REGIONALS-THINGS TO KNOW

Things to know as super regionals begin in the NCAA Tournament. Winners of the eight best-of-three series advance to the College World Series. By Eric Olson. SENT: 800 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

BBC--TENNESSEE TECH-STROHSCHEIN

Tennessee Tech’s Kevin Strohschein has found a way to keep on hitting through an elbow injury that will require offseason surgery. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference player of the year is a vital piece of college baseball’s most potent lineup. Tennessee Tech leads the nation in virtually every major offensive category heading into its NCAA super regional with Texas. By Steve Magargee. UPCOMING: 670 words by 3 a.m.

— Also:

— BBC--TEXAS-AUGIE’S AURA. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— BBC--NCAA-DUKE’S COMEBACK KIDS. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 600 words.

— BBC--SOUTH CAROLINA TURNAROUND. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 550 words.

OTHER

— OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650 words.

— SOC--PREMIER LEAGUE-TV RIGHTS. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— BKW--HALL OF FAME-ASSISTANTS. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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Friday’s Time Schedule

NBA FINALS

Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

BASEBALL

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Kansas City at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

WNBA

Atlanta at Las Vegas, 3 p.m.

Dallas at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

MLS

Toronto FC at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

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