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May 17, 2018

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Oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro says those wanting to get into the sports betting business need to understand this — bookies don’t always win. Vaccaro speaks with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke about the Supreme Court decision on the AP’s “Podcast One Sports Now”. Also up for discussion: AP sports writers Janie McCauley and Tom Withers on the NBA playoffs and AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on the NHL playoffs. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

TOP STORIES

BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — James Harden and Eric Gordon had 27 points each to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 to even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 842 words, photos.

HKN--JETS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals, including an empty-netter in the closing seconds, to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference final. Vegas took a 2-1 series lead and is now two wins from advancing to the Stanley Cup final. James Neal and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots. SENT: 953 words, photos.

RAC--HORSE RACING-SPORTS BETTING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Horse racing wants to bring new fans to the rail and track owners hope the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the ban on sports betting provides an opportunity. Race tracks in many states will be among the first to allow sports gambling. Track owners believe this is an advantage since many racetracks already offer casino gambling with slot machines and table games. By Gary Graves. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

US--GYM-DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by former sports doctor Larry Nassar. The deal was announced Wednesday by the university and lawyers for 332 victims. Brian Breslin, chairman of the school’s governing board, says Michigan State is “truly sorry” for what Nassar’s victims and families went through. By David Eggert and Ed White. SENT: 847 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

HKN--TIM DAHLBERG-NHL PLAYOFFS

LAS VEGAS — A year ago at this time the Vegas Golden Knights had one minor league player on an otherwise empty roster and no idea what to expect when an entire team was finally assembled. Now they are two wins away from playing for the Stanley Cup. As much as 500-1 to win the Stanley Cup in this gambling city’s sports books when the season began, the players that like to refer to themselves as the Golden Misfits are now incredibly the odds-on favorites to win it all. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL ANALYTICS

The use of analytics is nothing new in the major leagues. More college teams like Illinois also are buying into the study of launch angles and exit speeds on batted balls and spin rates of pitches and any other specialized statistic they can isolate. The Illini relied on a sophomore computer science major Charlie Young to gather and compile their data, and now he’s interning in the Baltimore Orioles’ analytics department. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--BUCKS-BUDENHOLZER

A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team’s next coach. The 2015 NBA Coach of the Year will replace Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 423 words, photos.

Also:

— BKN--NBA AWARD FINALISTS — SENT: 150 words, photos.

— BKN--CAVALIERS-BACKCOURT BLUES — By Tom Withers. SENT: 747 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--ASTROS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years and Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-0. Verlander was superb in ending his two-game skid, finishing with seven strikeouts to reach 2,500 for his career. SENT: 846 words, photos.

BBA--ATHLETICS-RED SOX

BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, J.D. Martinez added a two-run shot and the Boston Red Sox avoided their first series sweep this season with a 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The win also prevented Boston from matching its season-high losing streak of three games. SENT: 795 words, photos.

Also:

— BBN--REELING DODGERS — By Steven Wine. SENT: 668 words, photos.

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ALSO

— RAC--PREAKNESS-DRAW — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 596 words, photos.

— RAC--PREAKNESS-JUSTIFY — By David Ginsburg. SENT: 521 words, photos,

— FBO--JAPAN-DANGEROUS TACKLE — SENT: 188 words, photos.

— FBC--OBIT-SLIVE — By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 793 words, photos.

— BKC--CALHOUN-SAINT JOSEPH-DIII — By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 501 words, photos.

— SWM--WORLD RECORD-LEDECKY — By Michael Marot. SENT: 624 words.

— CYC--TOUR OF CALIFORNIA — SENT: 649 words.

— CAR--INDYCAR-INDY 500-PRACTICE — By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 453 words, photos.

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Thursday’s Time Schedule

NHL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay at Washington, 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

L.A. Dodgers at Miami, 12:10 p.m.

San Diego at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Oakland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

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

Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Detroit at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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