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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 7, 2019

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HOUSTON _James Harden and the Houston Rockets dug out of a 0-2 hole to even their Western Conference semifinals series with the Golden State Warriors after another game in which they fought, scrapped and held off a late rally to get a victory. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 930 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Tuukka Rask was impenetrable when it counted in Game 6, and the Boston Bruins are on their way to the Eastern Conference final. Rask made 39 saves and recorded his sixth career playoff shutout as Boston beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 to clinch their second-round series 4-2.. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 730 words, photos.


Kentucky Derby winner Country House isn’t a racing rock star just yet. If not for the garland of roses draped across the white saw horse outside Bill Mott’s stable at Churchill Downs or the sign beside his stall that reads 2019 Kentucky Derby winner, it might be hard to know Country House won thoroughbred racing’s marquee event. By Gary Graves. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos by 3 a.m.


_ RAC--PREAKNESS-MAXIMUM SECURITY _ Maximum Security will not run Preakness; Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denies appeal of disqualification as Derby winner. By Gary Graves. SENT: 650 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump awarded golfer Tiger Woods the nation’s highest civilian honor on Monday, describing the 43-year-old as a “true legend” who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport’s summit. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 860 words, photos.


_ TRUMP-WEST POINT _ Trump wants to restore waiver for service academy athletes. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 300 words, photos.


MIAMI _ Derek Jeter says the Miami Marlins are better than this. If he’s wrong, this woebegone franchise is headed for its worst season yet. In his second season as CEO, Jeter is rebuilding the team from the bottom up _ and this bottom is deep. By Steven Wine. SENT: 750 words, photos.



Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time. UCLA and Florida State fans might not want to hear that these days. Florida State’s Willie Taggart and UCLA’s Chip Kelly topped the 2018 list of newly hired coaches Most Likely to Succeed, and then flopped in their debut seasons. There is still plenty of time for them to live up to the lofty expectations. Keep that in mind as we rank this season’s new FBS coaches by Most Likely to Succeed. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1,700 words, photos by 3 a.m.


LOS ANGELES _ In a slow-to-evolve, tradition-laden sport, the Kentucky Derby might have set the standard for race officiating with the disqualification of first-place finisher Maximum Security. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.



Denver and Toronto started this second round of the playoffs feeling great about their chances. And then things went bad. And then they bounced back. So now, going into a pair of big-time swing games on Tuesday night — Denver plays host to Portland, Toronto plays host to Philadelphia — the Nuggets and Raptors can either take a firm grip on their respective series or get themselves into pits of trouble that would be even deeper than the ones they were in a couple of days ago. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 960 words, photos.


BOSTON _When Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter of a tie game, the Boston Celtics sensed a chance to pull away. Instead, Milwaukee took control. Of the game, and the series. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 850 words, photos.


DENVER _ Nikola Jokic is turning the playoffs into his own grand stage. The Nuggets’ star center/point guard is averaging nearly a triple double in his playoff debut. He helped the Nuggets tie the series, with Game 5 in Denver 5 on Tuesday. By Pat Graham. SENT: 900 words, photos.


_ BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-ROSAS _ Minnesota introduces Gersson Rosas, the first Latino to lead an NBA front office. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 860 words, photos.

_ BKN--HAWKS-DRAFT LOTTERY _ No team has more riding on next week’s NBA draft lottery than the Atlanta Hawks. By Charles Odum. SENT: 670 words, photos.



DALLAS _ In Tuesday’s lone NHL game, St. Louis and Dallas meet in Game 7 of a second-round series three years after the Blues routed the Stars to make to the West finals. This time, however, the Blues are home after a win in Dallas. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 820 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Boston Bruins got some timely goals in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with Columbus, and when the goals weren’t coming, Tuukka Rask stood tall.. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 460 words, photos by 3 a.m.


DENVER _Gabriel Landeskog’s first career overtime playoff goal was a bit complicated: Dump in the puck, hit a guy along the boards, fall down, scramble back up, skate toward the net and knock it in. The captain’s reaction right after was not — a big, toothy grin with arms raised to greet eager teammates. By Pat Graham. SENT: 860 words, photos.


_ HKN--ISLANDERS WRAPUP _ By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



NEW YORK _It had been a decade since pitchers with so many combined punchouts started the same game. In this showdown between Félix Hernández and CC Sabathia, the New York Yankees landed their haymakers early. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 860 words, photos.


MILWAUKEE _ A long night and day of travel for the Washington Nationals got even worse when they wasted a pair of leads, made four errors and lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Monday night. SENT: 700 words, photos.


_ BBN--GIANTS-REDS BEE DELAY _ Swarm of bees forces delay to Giants-Reds game. By Joe Kay. SENT: 260 words, photos.

_ BBO--RAYS-METS TRADE _ Banged-up Mets get pitcher Wilmer Font from Rays. SENT: 120 words.



DOVER, Del. _ Martin Truex Jr. won a Monday race at Dover International Speedway for the second time in his career, pulling away from the field down the stretch to reach victory lane for the second time in three races. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 900 words, photos.



NEW YORK _ On the way to his debut at Madison Square Garden, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua ran into a detour: a different opponent. He simply shrugs about it. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 600 words, photos.



The XFL reaches multiyear agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports to broadcast its games beginning in 2020. This is the second time Vince McMahon has launched a football league. The first version of the XFL lasted one season in 2001. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 550 words, photos.


_ FBC--ACC NETWORK-SWOFFORD _ ACC’s TV channel, partnered with ESPN, on schedule for August launch. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 500 words, photos.



The U.S. Soccer Federation has filed court documents denying allegations of gender discrimination made by the U.S. women’s national team. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 400 words, photos.


_ TEN--MADRID OPEN _ Defending champion Petra Kvitova reaches third round in Spain. SENT: 300 words.






Tuesday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Philadelphia at Toronto, 8 p.m.

Portland at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

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.