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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 25, 2019

The highlights of Saturday’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 John Nicholson at 5 p.m. and Vin Cherwoo 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.

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



TORONTO _ Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors are home to face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6, needing one win to reach their first NBA Finals. Toronto has won three straight against the team Giannis Antetokounmpo carried to the league’s best record this season. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m. If Raptors win, a sidebar on NBA Finals lookahead.


Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues have made it to the Stanley Cup Final, a sharp reminder of how a coach can evolve from his first job to his second. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


GENEVA _ The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption investigation that keeps spreading. He is linked to payments that allegedly helped Qatar gain track and field<s world championships. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.



PARIS _ Naomi Osaka might not be a huge fan of clay-court tennis, but she is on a major roll heading to the French Open as the winner of the past two Grand Slam tournaments. A look at that and other storylines sure to dominate the next 15 days. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos. With sidebar on young challengers, glance.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Much has changed since Roger Penske came to Indy 50 years ago as a team owner. The track has undergone massive overhauls, technology has revolutionized the sport and an entire generation of fans has turned over. Penske is no longer young, either. He’s 82. By Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos. With sidebars on Janet Guthrie, weather.



ST. LOUIS _ A 49-year wait is over for St. Louis Blues fans. This star-crossed team is in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970, and facing the same opponent, the Boston Bruins. Game 1 is Monday night at Boston. By Jim Salter. SENT: 900 words, photos.


CONCORD, N.C. _ Some have suggested that NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, should be shortened, but Darrell Waltrip and others insist it should remain 600 miles. By Steve Reed. SENT: 750 words, photos. With Xfinity race (1 p.m. start).


FORT WORTH, Texas _ Jonas Blixt takes a one-shot lead over Kevin Na and Tony Finau into the third round at Colonial. Local favorite Jordan Spieth is four behind. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.


PITTSFORD, N.Y. _ Defending champion Paul Broadhurst and Esteban Toledo share the lead entering the rain-delayed third round of the Senior PGA Championship. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.


CLEVELAND _ Charlie Morton, who hasn’t lost in 17 starts, goes for Tampa Bay against Cleveland. He is 4-0 this year and 7-0 dating to last August with Houston. His streak is the second-longest active run behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw _ 10-0 over 19 starts. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.


EVERETT, Wash. _ The defending champion Seattle Storm open their WNBA season without MVP Breanna Stewart and star Sue Bird when they play the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury will be without Diana Taurasi, who is recovering from back surgery. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.


Saturday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Milwaukee at Toronto, 8:30 p.m.


Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, 1st game, 2:15 p.m.

San Diego at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 4:05 p.m.

Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m.

Detroit at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, 2nd game, 7:15 p.m.

Boston at Houston, 7:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Pittsburgh, 7:15 p.m.

Atlanta at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Baltimore at Colorado, 9:10 p.m.

Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.


Phoenix at Seattle, 3:30 p.m.

Washington at Connecticut, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.


New York City FC at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

D.C. United at New England, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Houston at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m.

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