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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 16, 2019

The highlights of Thursday’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.

The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Bob Lentz at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635.

Deontay Wilder defends his piece of the heavyweight title Saturday against Dominic Breazeale in New York. He tells PodcastOne Sports now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg he wants to punish Breazeale for speaking badly about him.

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TOP STORIES

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP  

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Tiger Woods goes for the second leg of the Grand Slam after his Masters win when the PGA Championship begins in its new slot on the calendar at Bethpage Black. Brooks Koepka is the defending champ and Jordan Spieth bids for a career Grand Slam. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7:30 p.m. With The Latest, Woods sidebar.

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ With Kevin Durant again out, the champion Golden State Warriors try to go up 2-0 on the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. Portland needs to tighten its defense and cut down on the open looks by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Bruins can sweep the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final. Boston has won six straight playoff games and is getting excellent play from goalie Tuukka Rask, who has stopped 85 of 90 shots in this series. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

TEN--ITALIAN OPEN

ROME _ Nick Kyrgios storms off the court at the Italian Open after kicking a water bottle and flinging a chair while trailing against a qualifier, resulting in a default. The Australian has a history of boorish behavior and was suspended in 2016 for tanking a match and insulting fans. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NOTABLE

BKN--RAPTORS-BUCKS PREVIEW

MILWAUKEE _ A few bad minutes doomed Toronto in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Milwaukee. The Raptors get another chance Friday night at seizing home-court advantage. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMNG: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--DRAFT COMBINE

CHICAGO _ A year ago, Ja Morant was the No. 3 option on his Murray State team. He’s now likely going to be the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. With The Latest.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES PREVIEW

ST. LOUIS _ Serendipity seems on San Jose’s side in the playoffs. The Sharks have been on the lucky end of three controversial plays, the latest one resulting in a winning goal that put them up 2-1. Game 4 against St. Louis is Friday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

HKN--COACHES ON KRUEGER

NHL coaches who know Ralph Krueger well are happy to have him back in their fraternity after he was hired by the Buffalo Sabres. They expect him to succeed but think he’ll need to adjust to the changes in the game since he last coached. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

RAC--PREAKNESS-WAR OF WILL

BALTIMORE _ War of Will came away from a near collision in the Kentucky Derby with nary a scratch. He easily could have won if not for interference by Maximum Security. Mark Casse’s colt is now primed to show what he can do in a smaller field at the Preakness. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, video, graphic by 3 p.m.

OLY--WADA MEETING

MONTREAL _ A day after a report absolved WADA members of bullying Beckie Scott for her stance on the Russian doping scandal, the agency was hardly in the clear. One recommendation was for the executive board to undergo sensitivity training. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

CAR--INDYCAR-INDY 500-ROSSI

INDIANAPOLIS _ Alexander Rossi’s long month at home in Indianapolis got off to a rough start when someone snatched a package off his front porch. He’s hoping that’s the only mishap in his push toward a second Indianapolis 500 victory. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. With sidebar on Helio Castroneves.

BKL--CAMBAGE TRADE

NEW YORK _ The trade saga involving WNBA star Liz Cambage is finally over. The 6-foot-8 Australian is sent from Dallas to Las Vegas for Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison and the Aces’ first two picks in 2020. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Portland at Golden State, 9 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m.

Baseball

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Oakland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Texas at Kansas City, 1:15 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

MLS

FC Dallas at Los Angeles FC, 10 p.m.