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May 22, 2019

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TOP STORIES

BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS

TORONTO _ With a weary Kawhi Leonard fighting through fatigue, the Toronto Raptors found enough energy to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks. Kyle Lowry led the way. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 950 words, photos.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _The St. Louis Blues are marching into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. David Perron had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win and the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference final. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HKN--STANLEY CUP-LOOKAHEAD

Seeing the famous photo of Bobby Orr scoring the 1970 Stanley Cup-winning goal to beat his St. Louis Blues doesn’t bring back bad memories for Scotty Bowman. Orr and the big, bad Boston Bruins swept Bowman’s overmatched, expansion-era Blues in that series. Now 49 years later, Boston is in its third final in nine seasons and St. Louis is back for the first time since 1970. This Bruins-Blues rematch is a showdown between two of the NHL’s best teams since Jan. 1. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 590 words, photos.

FBN--NFL OWNERS

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. _ NFL owners are considering a proposal to refine the new rule that allows challenges involving pass interference, and may also announce locations to host upcoming drafts. By Steven Wine. SENT: 500 words, photos. With coverage of organized team activities of select teams.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-KOEPKA

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Majors matter more than any other golf tournament, but they are not the sole measure of greatness in golf. That might be one reason it took Brooks Koepka winning four majors before he was looked upon with the same potential as Rory McIlroy with four majors, and Dustin Johnson with one. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 955 words, photos. With GLF--NOTEBOOK.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

TEN--FRENCH OPEN PREVIEW

All these years later, men’s tennis is still all about the Big 3 as the sport heads to the French Open on May 26. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. Rafael Nadal seeks a record-extending _ and hard-to-fathom _ 12th title in Paris. Novak Djokovic bids to claim a fourth Grand Slam trophy in a row for the second time in his career, something neither of his two great rivals ever did even once. How much longer can this terrific trio continue to thrive? By Howard Fendrich and Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon.

With:

_ TEN--FRENCH OPEN-WOMEN’S CAPSULES. A look at women to watch in Paris. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon.

_ TEN--FRENCH OPEN-MEN’S CAPSULES. A look at men to watch in Paris. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon.

_ TEN--FRENCH OPEN GLANCE. A quick look at the year’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.

NOTABLE

SWM--MICHAEL PHELPS-AWARD

BALTIMORE _ While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Phelps was awarded the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 660 words, photo.

CAR--INDY 500-SUPER MARIO

INDIANAPOLIS _ The reminders of Mario Andretti’s only Indianapolis 500 victory are all around Indianapolis these days. It’s what happens when one of the most iconic racers celebrates the 50th anniversary of his biggest win. By Michael Marot. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With: CAR--INDY 500 _ Attention shifts to grid of 33 after soap opera surrounding McLaren’s failed bid to qualify for the Indy 500. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 840 words, photos.

BKN--SUNS-MONTY’S TASK

PHOENIX _ The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years. The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year’s 19-63 finish. Monty Williams, the man GM James Jones hired to coach the Suns, hopes to change the trend. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKN--CAVALIERS-BEILEIN

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio _ John Beilein left Michigan after a successful 12-year run for what will likely be his last coaching stop, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who believe the 66-year-old can accelerate their rebuild. By Tom Withers. SENT: 820 words, photos.

SOC--ARSENAL-MKHITARYAN

LONDON _ The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team’s most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Oakland at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m., 1st game

Seattle at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m., 2nd game

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

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

Minnesota at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.

Atlanta at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.

MLS

Vancouver at New York, 8 p.m.

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