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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 27, 2019

The highlights of Monday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, http://newsroom.ap.org/coverageplan . You can also find a link to Coverage Plan on the left navigation of the Newsroom home page, http://newsroom.ap.org For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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Moe Berg was a major league catcher who became a spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells Berg’s story in a new documentary. Kempner speaks with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now and says Berg was a mysterious character all his life. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast



BOSTON _ The Stanley Cup Final begins with the Bruins hosting Game 1 after an 11-day layoff following a sweep of Carolina in the East. Boston faces a St. Louis Blues team that is in the final for the first time since 1970 and six days removed from beating San Jose to win the West. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. With The Latest, sidebar on Blues alumni (sent).


PARIS _ Serena Williams, spurring herself on with a scream and a stomp, recovers from a first-set loss to win her first match at the French Open. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal enjoy easier victories while Caroline Wozniacki makes a quick exit. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 p.m. With The Latest, Nadal sidebar (sent), glance.



INDIANAPOLIS _ With IndyCar trying to race its way back into relevance, the Indianapolis 500 delivered. It caught a break with the weather and went off without a hitch _ a breathtaking 500 miles full of chaos, drama and spectacular driving. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 950 words, photos.


The NBA Finals between Golden State and Toronto may well set the tone for how free agency unfolds this summer. The futures of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins could all be influenced by this series. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.



BOSTON _ Dustin Pedroia will take an “indefinite leave” in his long struggle to recover from knee trouble, putting in doubt whether the 35-year-old second baseman will ever play again in the majors. The Red Sox put the longtime star on the 60-day injured list. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Athletics go for their 10th straight win when they open a three-game series against Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels. The streak comes with a caveat _ the game against Detroit on May 19 was suspended (with Oakland ahead) and won’t resume until Sept. 6. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.


MILWAUKEE _ The Bucks finished the regular season as the NBA’s top team and with likely league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Then came two wins followed by four straight losses to Toronto in the East finals, denying Milwaukee a chance for a second title in franchise history. By Keith Jenkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Roger Penske celebrated his 50th anniversary in the Indianapolis 500 with his 18th victory. Along for the ride was sponsor John Menard. Like Penske, Menard is celebrating nearly a lifetime of annual trips to the fabled race. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 850 words, photos.


CONCORD, N.C. _ Martin Truex Jr. left no doubt at the Coca-Cola 600 that Joe Gibbs Racing remains the powerhouse team. Still, those chasing JGR have reason to be encouraged for the second half of the NASCAR season. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photos.


OMAHA, Neb. _ Pac-12 champion UCLA is the No. 1 national seed for the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament. The Bruins carry a 10-game winning streak into the tournament, which opens with regional play Friday. The No. 2 seed is Vanderbilt. By Eric Olson. SENT: 750 words, photos.


ARCADIA, Calif. _ Gift Box leads a field of seven 3-year-olds and up in the $500,000 Gold Cup, one of three Grade 1 races at Santa Anita. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Gold Cup post 7:30 p.m.


Forget Barcelona and Real Madrid. This is England’s week. After years of Spanish domination in Europe’s top club competitions, England has broken new ground, with the Champions League and Europa League finals both all-English affairs. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 550 words, photos. With sidebar on Europa host Azerbaijan.


Monday Time Schedule (EDT)

Stanley Cup Final

Game 1: St. Louis at Boston, 8 p.m.


Detroit at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

San Diego at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m., 1st game

Chicago Cubs at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Milwaukee at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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