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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the defending champion Golden State Warriors try to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals against Cleveland and LeBron James, who scored 51 in a 124-114 Game 1 overtime loss. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
— BKN--NBA FINALS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout Game 2.
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ARLINGTON, Va. — A far cry from the young guns and high-scoring hockey that used to be their hallmark, the Washington Capitals are suffocating the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final as they’ve done to their previous opponents. There’s no room for Vegas to operate, and the hard-checking, tight defensive style might be exactly what delivers the Capitals the Cup. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
DUBLIN, Ohio — Bryson DeChambeau leads a crowded leaderboard at the Memorial that includes Tiger Woods five shots behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— GLF--MEMORIAL-WOODS. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
PARIS — Alexander Zverev escapes with his third straight five-set victory at the French Open and sets up a quarterfinal against fellow rising star Dominic Thiem, while Novak Djokovic tries to join them in the final eight. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day
SOC--MLS-WCUP-CLUB VS COUNTRY
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It’s a delicate balance for players in Major League Soccer with the opportunity to play in the upcoming World Cup. Players use the league’s exposure to earn consideration for a spot in soccer’s showcase event. They also don’t want to invite any needless risks that might jeopardize their participation in Russia. By Tim Booth. SENT: 770 words, photos.
STANLEY CUP FINAL
HKN--STANLEY CUP-STILL UNDERDOGS
WASHINGTON — Throughout the NHL playoffs, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights embraced the role of the underdog as they rolled through the Western Conference. Now that the Washington Capitals have taken control in the Stanley Cup Final, the Golden Knights are singing a familiar refrain. “We’re still underdogs against them,” left wing David Perron said. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Va. — No player has had a rougher Stanley Cup Final than Shea Theodore, the promising young Vegas defenseman who followed up a bad Game 2 with an arguably worse Game 3 as the Golden Knights fell behind 2-1 in the series. Theodore matters so much to the Golden Knights at both ends that flaws in his game must be fixed if they have any hope of coming back against the Capitals. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
TEN--ON TENNIS-WILLIAMS VS SHARAPOVA
PARIS — The French Open fourth-round match Monday between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will be their 22nd meeting. Williams has won the last 18 in a row. Even if the head-to-head series has not been competitive, it is still compelling. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 760 words, photos.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-WILLIAMS VS SHARAPOVA-LOOK BACK — A gallery of photos from the careers of two of tennis’s biggest stars. By John Leicester. SENT: 480 words, photos.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-STEPHENS AND KEYS — Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys both get to the French Open quarterfinals for the first time. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN GLANCE. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 6 p.m.
HOUSTON — Charlie Morton (7-0) tries to stay undefeated on the season and in his career against Boston when the defending champion Astros host the Red Sox in the finale of a four-game series. Former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello (7-2) faces Houston for the first time since allowing five hits, two runs and three walks in three innings of Game 4 of the 2017 ALDS. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:35 p.m.
ATLANTA — Jeremy Hellickson pitches for the Nationals and Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for the Braves as Washington and Atlanta finish a four-game series. The Braves won the first two, but the Nationals are coming off a 14-inning victory that pulled them one-half game behind Atlanta for the NL East lead. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game started 1:35 p.m.
GLF--US WOMEN’S OPEN
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ariya Jutanugarn takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek on Sunday. She’s trying for her ninth LPGA Tour win and second major championship. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--ITALIAN OPEN — Thorbjorn Olesen edges home favorite Francesco Molinari to win Italian Open. SENT: 260 words.
DETROIT — Scott Dixon tries for a sweep of Detroit’s two IndyCar races after winning the first Saturday. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts 3:30 p.m.
— CAR--INDYCAR-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
LONG POND, Pa. — Ryan Blaney has the pole at the site of his only career Cup win for the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race starts 2 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-POCONO-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
BBC--NCAA REGIONAL RDP
Defending national champion and top seed Florida is among the teams playing in the regional finals of the NCAA baseball tournament. A look at highlights and top performances. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 9 p.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Two-time defending champion Oklahoma faces Washington (1 p.m.) and No. 3 seed UCLA faces No. 6 Florida State (3:30 p.m.) in the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series. Oklahoma and Florida State need two wins to reach the championship series, while unbeaten Washington and UCLA need just one victory. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos on each matchup.
NEW YORK — Auburn right-hander Casey Mize, Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart, Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal, Florida righty Brady Singer and third baseman Jonathan India are among the players whose names are expected to be called early when the Major League Baseball draft starts Monday night. The AP takes a look at a handful of the top prospects. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BBA--TIGERS-TOP PICK — Top pick gives rebuilding Detroit Tigers a big opportunity. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words.
BRITAIN-FOOTBALL’S FAR RIGHT
LONDON — John Meighan had a dream. A property manager and fan of the soccer team Tottenham Hotspur, he envisioned a group bringing together working-class people who felt excluded from political influence — to stand up in opposition, not to Muslims or Islam, but to extremism. That dream would be short-lived. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 1,800 words, photos, 930-word abridged version.
SOC-SOCIAL CHANGE CUP
Fresh off a tense draw against the LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers defender Darek Valentin took part in an altogether different kind of competition. Valentin and other representatives from the Timbers took part in the Social Chance Cup benefiting the city’s homeless and refugee populations. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— SOC-WCUP-RUSSIA-SQUAD — Alan Dzagoev, Denis Cheryshev make Russia’s squad for home World Cup. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 520 words.
— SOC-SPAIN-SWITZERLAND — Spain hosts Switzerland in its first warm-up match for the World Cup. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.
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 email@example.com
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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
NBA Finals (Game 2)
Cleveland at Golden State, 8 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m., ppd
Toronto at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.
Washington at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Oakland at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.
Miami at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at San Diego, 6:10 p.m.
Boston at Houston, 7:35 p.m.
Minnesota United at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Atlanta, 3 p.m.
Connecticut at Washington, 3 p.m.
Minnesota at Los Angeles, 5 p.m.
Las Vegas at Chicago, 6 p.m.