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Mike Scioscia says managing Shohei Ohtani has been easy. The Angels manager talks about the great experiment on the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. Also up for discussion with AP sports writers: Howard Fendrich on Serena Williams’ injury, Tim Reynolds on the Cavaliers’ diminishing chances and Stephen Whyno on the Stanley Cup Final. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump cancels the salute to the champion Philadelphia Eagles, with the White House accusing the players of abandoning their fans because many said they wouldn’t show. Trump stokes fresh controversy over players who protest racial injustice by taking a knee during the anthem. By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 by 5 p.m.
— TRUMP-EAGLES-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
— FOX-EAGLES — Fox apologizes for using photos of Eagles players praying, not protesting, in Trump story. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 450 words.
— TRUMP-SPORTS — LeBron James, Steph Curry among those across sports responding to White House decision. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
PARIS — With his neck and leg bothering him, Novak Djokovic loses in the French Open quarterfinals. He is beaten by 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato, who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and once was handed a match-fixing suspension later overturned on appeal. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James and the Cavaliers have spent this strange season in one predicament after the next. And while they have overcome all kinds of adversity, a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors represents a challenge of a whole different order. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Forward Devante Smith-Pelly and defenseman Michal Kempny were castoffs before getting a new start with the Capitals. Both players are a big reason Washington is within a victory of the Stanley Cup, a title that could come Thursday in Game 5. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos.
DOVER, Del. — The market for legal sports gambling in the U.S. widens significantly with the expansion of single-game bets in Delaware. That puts legal wagering within driving distance of three major East Coast cities less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision. By Randall Chase and Ben Nuckols. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Bob Baffert can become just the second trainer to handle two Triple Crown winners. He has Justify on the brink of becoming the 13th Triple Crown champion four years after American Pharoah accomplished one of sports’ toughest tasks. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MOSCOW — The World Cup begins next week in Vladimir Putin’s Russia despite the host nation being under international sanctions. Issues like the annexation of Crimea, Olympic doping and the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain shadow the start of the 32-nation tournament. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
GLF---ON THE FRINGE-US OPEN
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michael Putnam and Vijay Singh each opened with a 73 at U.S. Open qualifying. Only one showed up at the second of the two courses in play. Putnam shot a 64 and will be at Shinnecock Hills next week. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p .m.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,400 words.
STANLEY CUP FINAL
WASHINGTON — After carrying Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final with superhuman play, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has proved mortal. The decline is partly his fault but also that of those playing in front of him. It’s a problem that must be fixed if the Golden Knights are to keep their season alive. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
HKN--STANLEY CUP-RUSSIAN INSPIRATION
WASHINGTON — Capitals stars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov are inspiring young Russians like top prospect Andrei Svechnikov. Svechnikov got to meet Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov before Game 4 of a Stanley Cup Final showcasing this generation of Russian talent. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— HKN--ISLANDERS-SHAKEUP — Islanders fire general manager Garth Snow, coach Doug Weight. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Shaun Livingston says if he weren’t in the NBA Finals, no one would notice his game. He’s probably right. But he is in the finals, and his game is being noticed. And the Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 in because their supporting cast has been so much better than Clevelands. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TEN--FRENCH OPEN-AMERICAN REMATCH
PARIS — Nine months after Sloane Stephens beat Madison Keys for the U.S. Open championship, the good friends meet again. This time, their matchup will be the first French Open semifinal between U.S. women sin ce Serena Williams beat Jennifer Capriati on the way to the 2002 title. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.
— TEN--MURRAY’S RECOVERY — Andy Murray hopes to return from hip surgery for grass season. SENT: 150 words.
— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-GLANCE — UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
NEW YORK — Justify, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness from the No. 7 post, gets his post position for the Belmont Stakes. The colt could face 10 rivals in the last and most arduous leg of the Triple Crown. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Draw at 5:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner makes his 2018 debut after breaking the pinkie on his pitching hand during spring training. The 2014 World Series MVP faces the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks and rejoins a San Francisco team that has hovered around .500, but has won four in a row. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:15 p.m.
BOSTON — Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright leaves the bullpen for his first start of the season when the Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers. Wright has pitched six times in relief, compiling a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings. The Red sox, with the best record in the majors, have won seven of 10. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
— BBO--BASEBALL DRAFT-DAY 2 — Roger Clemens’ son selected to lead off second day of MLB draft, with rounds 3-10. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The former president of USA Gymnastics, ousted in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, testifies at a Senate hearing. Lawmakers want to know what can be done to better protect athletes. In addition to Steve Penny, former Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon is to testify. By Ben Nuckols. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Roll call: Tom Brady? Here. Rob Gronkowski? Present. After missing the voluntary portion of spring workouts, Brady and Gronkowski show for the start of New England’s mandatory three-day minicamp. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6 p.m.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Tight end Zach Miller discusses his one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. The move is at least a goodwill gesture for a popular teammate who might not play again after a gruesome injury last season that nearly cost him a leg. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold has impressed his new Jets teammates in his first few weeks in the NFL. The rookie quarterback, who turns 21 on Tuesday, is expected to compete for the starting job with veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-WALKER’S WEIGHT — By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--VIKINGS-RUDOLPH — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 3 p.m.
— FBN--DOLPHINS-FITZPATRICK — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--LIONS-RUNNING GAME — By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS OFFENSE — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--GIANTS-GETTLEMAN LYMPHOMA — SENT: 170 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.
GENEVA — The 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: 900 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — There’s no chance any of Brazil’s players will forget the score of the semifinal loss at the last World Cup. Fans make sure of that, with chants of “7-1” echoing at a recent practice. Says four-time World Cup winner Mario Zagallo, now 86: “That 7-1 will sting forever.” By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BERLIN — Public personal hygiene mishaps, speeding fines, a 1970s hairstyle, cheesy commercials for men’s grooming products. Germans are willing to overlook certain things about Joachim Loew. Because Jogi, as their coach is known, is a champion. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-MOMENTS-HURST’S HAT TRICK — Geoff Hurst’s three goals in 1966 final carry England to only World Cup title. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-TICKETS INVESTIGATION — FIFA files complaint over marked-up prices by online ticket seller. By Graham Dunbar. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK — Former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck is leaving his job as an NCAA executive to become commissioner of the XFL, the second edition of pro wrestling mogul Vince McMahon’s football league. The league is to start in 2020, and Luck tells the AP this a chance to reimagine football. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida State can capture its first softball championship when it plays Washington in the second game of the best-of-three Women’s College World Series. The Seminoles won the opener 1-0. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
BKL--STORM-BIRD & CANADA
When Jordin Canada was at UCLA she wanted advice on becoming a better point guard. Who better to turn to than Sue Bird? They had a long talk by phone. Fast forward eight months and the two are teammates after the Seattle Storm drafted Canada with the fifth pick. Canada says it’s an honor to “learn from the best.” By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BKL--AROUND THE WNBA
NEW YORK — Diana Taurasi is looking refreshed this season. She used her time away from basketball this winter to rest, recover and tune her body. Also, Tina Charles earns AP player of the week honors. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — A longtime figure skating coach and choreographer believes an emphasis on “happy and healthy” should take precedence over turning the sport into gymnastics on ice. Rosie Tovi calls it a holistic approach and she will use it at her upcoming skating camp. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— CYC--CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE — Pascal Ackermann wins hilly second stage of Tour De France tuneup race in France. SENT: 140 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— BKL--MLS CAPSULES
Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 4:10 p.m., 1st game
L.A. Dodgers at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Baltimore at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Colorado at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m., 2nd game
Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Miami at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Atlanta at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Arizona at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Phoenix at New York, 11 a.m.
Connecticut at Atlanta, 8 p.m.