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NEW YORK — Justify tries to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is on the rail against nine rivals in the Belmont Stakes, with trainer Bob Baffert looking for his second Triple Crown. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Post time 6:46 p.m.
— RAC--BELMONT STAKES-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
— RAC--BELMONT-THINGS TO KNOW — By Beth Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos, graphic.
PARIS — Simona Halep kept telling everybody who would listen: She was a different player. She was stronger mentally. And now she finally has a Grand Slam title to go with her No. 1 ranking after coming back to beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the French Open final. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State, booed by many around the NBA, has unquestionably paid off for both player and team: two years, two titles, two NBA Finals MVPs and almost certainly a new contract in the next few weeks. Says LeBron James: “You knew he was built for greatness.” By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.
The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit. Still, the big numbers that are routine for major sports events are unlikely to set World Cup records. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 950 words, photos.
BKN--ON BASKETBALL-NBA FINALS
CLEVELAND — The Warriors’ reign could last awhile. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant aren’t going anywhere. Steve Kerr is one of the game’s best coaches. Free agents will line up to play there. Even a new arena is coming. With three titles in four years, it’s Golden State’s league. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.
TEN--FRENCH OPEN-MEN’S FINAL
PARIS — The only man to beat Rafael Nadal on clay this year and last was Dominic Thiem. So if anyone could enter the French Open final Sunday with even a shot at preventing Nadal from winning a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros it is his opponent. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 650 words, photos.
PARIS — Sloane Stephens was 6-0 in tournament finals until letting a lead slip away and finishing runner-up to Simona Halep at the French Open. A year ago at this time, Stephens skipped the clay-court major while rehabbing after foot surgery. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-MEN’S DOUBLES — Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut win doubles title. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN GLANCE — SENT: 250 words.
CLEVELAND — His right hand in a soft cast, LeBron James drove home to Akron last night after being swept in the NBA Finals. The next destination is unclear. James is expected to hit free agency next month and could leave Cleveland again — this time to assemble a team capable of beating the Warriors. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CLEVELAND —The NBA offseason has started, and here’s 10 things to sort out before opening night next year— not including the next edition of the LeBron James decision. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
NEW YORK — The Mets try to end a seven-game losing streak — and nine in a row at home — when Steven Matz starts against the Yankees and winless rookie Domingo German. The Yankees figure to learn more about pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who exited Friday night because of ailing hamstrings from running the bases. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:15 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Felix Hernandez starts for the Seattle Mariners, who have won 16 of 20 to take the AL West lead. Hernandez faces a Tampa Bay team that has lost eight in a row. Hernandez pitched a perfect game against the Rays in 2012. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The first stop for the Stanley Cup back in Washington was a favorite bar of some Capitals players. On Saturday, it went to Nationals Park, with a parade down Constitution Avenue set for Tuesday. The Capitals are acting like they havent been there before — because they haven’t. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.
— HKN--OVECHKIN-FIRST PITCH — Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin gets a do-over after first pitch at Nationals game goes to backstop. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.
KRASNOGORSK, Russia — This World Cup will be the first to use video reviews, standard practice in many other sports around the world but an abomination to some soccer fans who see it killing the game’s soul. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— SOC--US-FRANCE — U.S. plays France in Lyon in final tuneup for French before their World Cup opener against Australia. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.
— SOC--RUSSIA-FOOTBALL FINANCE — Club winner of Russian Cup to fold because of money woes. SENT: 140 words.
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(at)ap.org
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tradition is rolled out for next week’s 118th U.S. Open with a return to century-old Shinnecock Hills. Tiger Woods is playing the U.S. Open again after a two-year break to deal with his ailing back. And Phil Mickelson gets another shot at the career Grand Slam. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. Resending.
— GLF--US OPEN-SHINNECOCK — U.S. Open, golf’s ultimate test, is always an invitation for trouble. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With capsules.
GLF--ST JUDE CLASSIC
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dustin Johnson, who can reclaim his No. 1 ranking with a victory, takes a one-stroke lead into the third round of the St. Jude Classic. Brandt Snedeker is three shots behind. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Two-time champion Anna Nordqvist tied for lead with two others going into second round at ShopRite LPGA Classic outside Atlantic City, N.J. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Bernhard Langer up by a shot going into second round at seniors event in Des Moines, Iowa. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--CURTIS CUP — U.S. leads Britain/Ireland 4-2 entering second day at Curtis Cup, a women’s amateurs event in Scarsdale, N.Y. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Josef Newgarden is on the pole at Texas, where only nine cars finished last year’s IndyCar race. Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power, the defending Texas champ, gave Team Penske the top three starting spots. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 750 words. Race starts 8:45 p.m.
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brad Keselowski has never won a Cup Series race at Michigan, but he’s left little doubt what it would mean to him to prevail close to home. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — NASCAR’S Xfinity Series to race after qualifying is rained out. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race started 1:30 p.m.
Moments away from driving a race car for the first time, two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender felt the stress. The aspiring amateur Ferrari driver tells the AP: “I thought I was going to throw up.” By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— CAR-F1-CANADIAN GP — Qualifying for Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Leo Santa Cruz defends his WBA featherweight title in a rematch with Abner Mares. Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) earned a clear majority decision over Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) when the Southern California fighters met in 2015. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words. Main event starts 11 p.m.
— BOX--HORN-CRAWFORD — Jeff Horn defends welterweight title against Terence Crawford in Las Vegas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Card starts 9:30 p.m.
— MMA--UFC 225 — Robert Whittaker fights Yoel Romero in a UFC title bout in Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Card starts 8 p.m.
BBC--NCAA SUPER REGIONALS RDP
Top performance and highlights from the NCAA Tournament super regionals. Four of the best-of-three series start, with the other four playing Game 2s. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— Separate stories on eight games: North Carolina vs. Stetson (noon); Florida vs. Auburn (noon); Texas Tech vs. Duke (3 p.m.); Texas vs. Tennessee Tech (3 p.m.); Cal State Fullerton vs. Washington (6:30 p.m.); Arkansas vs. South Carolina (6:30 p.m.); Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State (9:30 p.m.); Oregon State vs. Minnesota (9:30 p.m.).
— ATH--NCAA TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS — Women’s team NCAA track and field champion determined in Eugene, Ore. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 9 p.m.
BKW--HALL OF FAME
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw is inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Also part of the newest class are former WNBA stars Katie Smith and Tina Thompson. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 10 p.m.
— RUBBER BOWL-DEMISE — Wrecking ball set for Rubber Bowl, the 78-year-old stadium in Akron, Ohio. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— SOC--OBIT-VOKRRI — Fadil Vokrri, star Yugoslavian in 1980s and first soccer federation president of independent Kosovo, dies at 57. By Sylejman Kllokoqi and LLazar Semini. SENT: 250 words.
— BRAZIL-MARIA BUENO WAKE — Wake in Sao Paulo for Maria Bueno, the Brazilian tennis great who died at 78. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
San Francisco at Washington, 12:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Boston, 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 4:10 p.m.
San Diego at Miami, 4:10 p.m.
Seattle at Tampa Bay, 4:10 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 7:15 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets, 7:15 p.m.
Houston at Texas, 7:15 p.m.
Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
Atlanta United FC at New York City FC, 12:30 p.m.
New York at Columbus, 5 p.m.
Orlando City at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Montreal at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
New England at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Colorado at Houston, 9 p.m.
D.C. United at Seattle, 10 p.m.
Los Angeles FC at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Connecticut, 2 p.m.