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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 17, 2019

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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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TOP STORIES

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP  

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Three majors in two years, and Brooks Koepka can still feel as though he has something to prove. He delivered again on golf’s biggest stage. And this time, Tiger Woods was along for the ride. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With Tiger Woods, Tommy Fleetwood, John Daly sidebars.

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _These Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at home with 4½ minutes to go, they needed every last burst, perfect pass, driving layup and dunk. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 990 words, photos. With Kevin Durant sidebar.

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _Boston’s top line kept finding ways to score, especially on the power play. With a chance to clinch another series, Tuukka Rask was perfect — again. Rask posted his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes out of the Eastern Conference final, winning 4-0 to reach their third Stanley Cup Final in nine years. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 920 words, photos.

BKN--RAPTORS-BUCKS PREVIEW

MILWAUKEE _ When the season started, everyone knew the Eastern Conference would have a new king. LeBron James left Cleveland, having taken his talents to Los Angeles. And even Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t sure who would take his place. Game 2 against Toronto is Friday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 810 words, photos.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES PREVIEW

ST. LOUIS _ Don’t tell San Jose coach Peter DeBoer his Sharks have gotten lucky during their playoff run. Ridiculous or not, the Sharks have had their fair share of puck luck during their run. Game 4 against St. Louis is Friday night. SENT: 700 words, photos.

RAC--PREAKNESS-JOCKEY JUMBLE

BALTIMORE _ The jockey shuffle heading into the Preakness has a “musical chairs” feel to it. Of the 13 jockeys in Saturday’s race, nine who rode in the Kentucky Derby are aboard a different horse in the Preakness. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m. With War of Will sidebar.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOF--HALEY’S HOPE

Haley Harrison was taught all her life to be mentally strong, never show any weakness. It helped the Idaho State senior on the softball field, but wreaked havoc on her mind as she struggled with mental illness. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos by 3 a.m.

NOTABLE

HKN--BRUINS ADVANCE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Boston Bruins have earned a break before their biggest series in a few years. Their sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final has afforded them a few extra days to rest up before their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBM--TEBOW’S JOURNEY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Six weeks into his first year of Triple-A baseball, former quarterback Tim Tebow is struggling with the Syracuse Mets of the International League. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKN--DRAFT COMBINE

CHICAGO _ Things have changed quickly for Ja Morant in the last 12 months. He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. Put another way, he’s a player from a mid-major and will soon be a multimillionaire. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-INDY 500-ROSSI

INDIANAPOLIS _ Alexander Rossi’s long month at home in Indianapolis got off to a rough start when someone snatched a package off his front porch. He’s hoping that’s the only mishap in his push toward a second Indianapolis 500 victory. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 550 words, photos. With sidebar on Helio Castroneves.

OLY--WADA MEETING

MONTREAL _ The culture of bullying and harassment collided with the Olympic universe after two strong-voiced women in the World Anti-Doping Agency received back-to-back rejections over the span of 48 hours. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 940 words, photos.

TEN--ITALIAN OPEN

ROME _ Nick Kyrgios’ latest outburst of unruly behavior has other players split on whether the temperamental Australian should be handed a long-term ban. Kyrgios walked off the court and threw a chair onto the red clay during a fit of rage during his second-round match at the Italian Open, leading to him being defaulted and fined. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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Friday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

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

Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

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

Baltimore at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

St. Louis at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.