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Moe Berg was a big league catcher who became a big time spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells his story in a new documentary, and tells PodcastOne Sports Now that he was a mysterious character throughout his life. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
Coming off a surprising appearance in the Big Ten title game, Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald replace a four-year starting quarterback with former five-star recruit this season. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Fitzgerald plays it coy with the Wildcats’ quarterback competition, but tackles college football’s transfer issues and talks about why the NFL couldn’t pull him away from his alma mater. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
TORONTO _ There’s no escaping the reality of what’s at stake when the Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. The surging Raptors have won three straight, putting them on the brink of the first NBA Finals berth in team history. The Bucks, who finished as the NBA’s top team in the regular season and once led this series 2-0, have no more room for error after their first three-game losing streak all season. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BOSTON _ When the Bruins take the ice in the Stanley Cup Final, they’ll do it with a core group of veterans that know what it’s like to win it and to come up short. Apart from Zdeno Chara, who was 33 when Boston hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2011, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask were all 25 or younger. Now they all could play pivotal roles in the Bruins’ latest Stanley Cup bid. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 680 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS _ There was a time when “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was considered one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It’s impossible to maintain that magnitude for 103 years and the Indianapolis 500 has dipped in popularity. But IndyCar is starting a renaissance of sorts, with interest slowly returning each year. The hype is back at the speedway this year, and the field Sunday is the tightest in race history. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With CAR--INDY 500-CARB DAY.
OLY--FRENCH CORRUPTION PROBE
GENEVA _ The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading. Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi _ who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer body UEFA _ in “active corruption.” They linked him on Thursday to payments allegedly helping Doha win hosting rights for track and field’s world championships. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 920 words, photos.
The U.S. women’s national team is well aware that the rest of the world is catching up. Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading off to France for the World Cup with any number of teams in position to topple the defending champions. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 850 words, photos. With SOC--WWC-US SEND-OFF.
BKN--PAUL NEWBERRY-LEONARD’S MOMENT
This is what the Toronto Raptors had in mind when they went all in on a championship this season, hoping that Kawhi Leonard would be the sort of elite player who could push them over the top even if he didn’t hang around very long. They’re one win away from playing in the NBA Finals for the first time. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 930 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors realize this team of stars won’t stick together forever. They hear all the dynasty discussions. They are well aware of the possible ramifications of free agency, which is looming on the horizon and how things could change in a hurry this summer. But now that this group has reached a fifth straight NBA Finals, it is determined to bring home a third consecutive championship and further cement this run by Golden State as one of the best ever. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 970 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ The NHL over the past year is all about comebacks, on and off the ice. After a league-record 138 multi-goal comeback victories, Steve Yzerman returned to Detroit to be the Red Wings’ general manager, John Davidson went back to his roots to become New York Rangers president and Mike Modano returned to Minnesota as the Wild’s executive adviser. This follows the lead of Martin Brodeur returning to the New Jersey Devils as more retired players-turned-executives choose to go back to places they’re synonymous with. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
TEN--FRENCH OPEN FEDERER
PARIS _ Roger Federer is looking forward to returning to the French Open on Sunday after a three-year absence. “I’m very happy to be back,” he said. “Maybe a tiny bit more because I have missed the last three editions and when you miss something in life you’re happy to be back there again.” The 20-times Grand Slam champion begins his campaign against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 620 words, photos. With TEN--FRENCH OPEN-KYRGIOS WITHDRAWS, TEN--FRENCH OPEN.
COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Clemson tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss the season after an NCAA panel rejected Clemson’s appeal of a drug test taken before the Cotton Bowl. Ex-starting defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence also tested positive and missed both of Clemson’s College Football Playoff games. The players denied knowingly taking the banned substance ostarine. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 500 words, photos.
NFL players’ chances of dying from degenerative brain diseases and other causes are higher than for MLB players, new research shows. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 500 words, photo.
LOS ANGELES _ Joey Bosa is hoping to return to form with the Los Angeles Chargers wearing a new, yet familiar, number. The defensive end has switched from No. 99 to 97. Bosa wore that number in high school and at Ohio State. It is also a significant number for the Bosa family. John Bosa wore No. 97 for three seasons in the NFL and Joey’s younger brother, Nick, will wear it for San Francisco after being the second overall pick in the April draft. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 520 words, photos by 4 a.m.
Saturday Time Schedule (EDT)
Milwaukee at Toronto, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, 1st game, 2:15 p.m.
San Diego at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.
Miami at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m.
Detroit at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, 2nd game, 7:15 p.m.
Boston at Houston, 7:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Pittsburgh, 7:15 p.m.
Atlanta at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Baltimore at Colorado, 9:10 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Phoenix at Seattle, 3:30 p.m.
Washington at Connecticut, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
New York City FC at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.
FC Dallas at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
D.C. United at New England, 7:30 p.m.
New York at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.
Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m.