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BC-AP Sports Digest

June 11, 2018

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Shinnecock Hills is where it all started for Phil Mickelson. It wasn’t his first U.S. Open, but the first time he felt he should have won. Two decades later, Mickelson is running out of time to add the final piece to a career Grand Slam. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


GROZNY, Russia — Egyptian star Mohamed Salah has caused an uproar back home after walking into a stadium with the leader of Chechnya, whose government has a bleak record on human rights. The Egyptian team is based in Grozny for the World Cup and is perceived to have made a textbook PR blunder. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 550 words, photos.


PARIS — Rafael Nadal’s 11th French Open title raised his Grand Slam trophy count to 17, three away from the men’s record held by Roger Federer. That doesn’t necessarily mean Nadal is fixated on catching his rival. Says Nadal: “Let me enjoy this title. I can’t be always thinking of more.” By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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— TEN--RANKINGS — Nadal, Simona Halep hold No. 1 rankings with French Open titles. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 400 words, photos.



NEW YORK — NBC’s Telemundo network is trying to get English-speaking viewers in the U.S. to watch its World Cup coverage rather than that of Fox, which is making its World Cup debut. With the U.S. not playing, Telemundo’s campaign is that the tournament is better in Spanish. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.


SAO PAULO — This is far from high-tech but is all the rage among soccer fans in Brazil and around the world — a World Cup sticker book featuring players from national teams. One eighth-grade teacher sees it not only as a tool to improve reading and grammar but a way to find common ground in a divisive world. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 900 words, photos.



PARIS — Rafael Nadal was trying to make the point that time stops for no one. “You can’t fight against the age, and you can’t fight against the watch,” he says. “The watch keeps going, always.” Maybe. But Nadal and Roger Federer, both in their 30s, have divvied up the past six Grand Slam titles. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.


As Tiger Woods docks his yacht near Shinnecock Hills this week, he’s still a golfing enigma of sorts. His scores are decent, if not spectacular, but he’s yet to win and has been in serious contention only once in nine tournaments this year. Is the real Tiger finally back? By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — This is anniversary season at the U.S. Open. Among them is the one from 100 years ago when the U.S. Open was canceled for the second straight year because of World War I. That didn’t stop 16-year-old Bobby Jones from playing in exhibitions to raise money for the war effort. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — The U.S. Open fell in a good spot in the calendar for Garrett Rank, who finished his real job — an NHL referee — just in time to qualify for his first major championship. By Terrin Waack. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— GLF--US OPEN-NOTEBOOK — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



This season’s Champions League brought a record number of goals and almost nonstop drama. Can the World Cup, supposedly the zenith of the international game, come close to matching it? History suggests otherwise despite most of the world’s best players on display. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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— MOSCOW — SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


MOSCOW — In an election where money could be key, Morocco tries to raise doubts about North American promises of multibillion-dollar profits at the 2026 World Cup. Leaders of the rival campaigns meet with five of FIFA’s six continental groups two days before the vote to decide the tournament’s host. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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— SOC--WCUP-MOMENTS-BECKENBAUER — Franz Beckenbauer in 1990 becomes first to win World Cup as captain and coach. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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@ap.org



MILWAUKEE — In a game for first place in the NL Central, the Cubs play the Brewers. Chicago is a half-game behind Milwaukee. Jose Quintana starts for the Cubs and has pitched 24 straight shutout innings against Milwaukee. For his career, Quintana is 4-1 with a 0.96 career ERA at Miller Park. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.


MIAMI — Madison Bumgarner makes his second start of the season when San Francisco faces the last-place Miami Marlins. The left-hander broke the pinkie on his throwing hand in his final spring training game. Bumgarner tossed six strong innings in a loss to Arizona last week. The Giants have won eight of 10. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.



DETROIT — Dwane Casey has agreed to coach the Detroit Pistons following his firing by the Toronto Raptors despite the team’s best record in the Eastern Conference, the AP is told. Casey is set for a five-year deal and succeeds Stan Van Gundy, who was dismissed a month ago. By Larry Lage. SENT: 500 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — Driving down Constitution Avenue on the way to each Capitals home game, Nicklas Backstrom imagined a parade on that street one day. It happens Tuesday when the Stanley Cup champs are celebrated with the first pro sports parade in the nation’s capital since the Redskins in 1992. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.



BROOKLYN, Mich. — Ford vs. Chevy is always a big subplot when NASCAR comes to Michigan. This past weekend, it was no contest. By Noah Trister. SENT: 650 words, photos.



ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Matt Patricia acknowledges he’s learned a lot about being an NFL coach in his months on the job with the Detroit Lions. Among other things, the ex-Patriots assistant has had to defend himself, contending he was “falsely accused” in a 1996 sex-assault allegation that resurfaced. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.



The College World Series field will be filled out after Game 3s in four of the NCAA Tournament super regionals. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.

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— Stories on four games: Tennessee Tech at Texas (1 p.m.); Duke at Texas Tech (4 p.m.); South Carolina at Arkansas (7 p.m.); Auburn at Florida (8 p.m.).



NEW YORK — The company owned by President Donald Trump opens a new clubhouse in the Bronx in a step aimed at boosting its worldwide golf properties. His two adult sons attend a ribbon-cutting. The Trump Organization oversees 17 courses, and the few figures available suggest some are struggling. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.



WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Indiana Fever have lost their first eight games — the worst start in franchise history. Coach Pokey Chatman gave a long, fiery postgame speech to her team. The Fever can take some solace in the 2013 season. They started 1-7 but made the playoffs. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words, photos.


— SOC--NICE-VIEIRA — Ex-Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira leaves MLS coaching job to manage Nice in France. SENT: 600 words.

— TEN--ERRANI SUSPENSION — 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani’s doping suspension increased to 10 months. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SUPREME COURT — Supreme Court will not hear case about Wrigley Field dispute involving adjacent rooftop clubs. SENT: 130 words, photos.




Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

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

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

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

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

San Diego at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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