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Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn’t get better, along come the NBA playoffs. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse tells PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg “it’s been a privilege” watching Leonard raise his game.
WASHINGTON _ The Boston Red Sox visit the White House but without manager Alex Cora, who is unhappy over the government’s response to the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico. Nearly a dozen players from the World Series champs, all of color, are not attending. By Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Event starts 3:45 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA _ The Raptors are one win from the East finals, leading Philadelphia 3-2 and buoyed by a blowout Game 5 home victory. For the 76ers, Joel Embiid is ailing and Ben Simmons is struggling. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam seems at full strength after his calf injury. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
BOSTON _ The Bruins play the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The big question is Carolina’s goalie: Petr Mrazek, who started the first nine playoff games, or Curtis McElhinney, who has won three straight since Mrazek was injured. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
The PGA Championship shifts to May for the first time in 60 years to help the golf season end before football and energize a major tired of being looked upon as the last and the least. No chance of that with Tiger Woods, a Masters champ again, playing on Long Island. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.
_ GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CAPSULES _ By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
_ GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-FACTS & FIGURES _ SENT: 500 words.
SPORTS BETTING-FOX SPORTS
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ In gambling’s further advance into sports, betting information and predictions will be discussed in some games this fall on Fox Sports. The network has entered a partnership with the parent company of an online gambling giant. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 500 words, photos.
Replays were supposed to ensure no bad call would decide a game. Instead, technology has transformed sports into fodder for nonstop debate. In a divided country, about the only sure thing replays offer is that nobody agrees on what just happened. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
Kyrie Irving may have played his last game for the Celtics. He joins the likes of Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson, all free agents when their seasons end. And one question persists: Are they staying or going? By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Nuggets can oust Portland with a Game 6 victory and reach the West finals for the first time since 2009. Jamal Murray and a rejuvenated Paul Millsap are lifting Denver. Portland needs a big game from guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant left Game 5 win with a strained right calf. He is set for an MRI on Thursday and his status is unclear for Game 6 in Houston, where Golden State can eliminate the Rockets. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
_ BKN--TIPOFF _ Rockets, having wasted a chance in Game 5, return home while Durant’s injury shadows Friday’s game. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ BKN--BUCKS ADVANCE _ Bucks oust Celtics for their first conference title in 45 years. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ BKN--CELTICS WRAPUP _ Celtics enter critical offseason, with Kyrie Irving among those who might not be back. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ST. LOUIS _ Robert Thomas is hardly a household name around the NHL. But the Blues’ youngest player has emerged as a welcome threat, with San Jose up next in the Western Conference finals opener Saturday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ HKN--SHARKS ADVANCE _ San Jose captain Joe Pavelski makes spectacular return from gruesome head injury. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ HKN--AVALANCHE WRAPUP _ Colorado, young and fast, is poised to contend for years. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
LOS ANGELES _ The Nationals, swept by Milwaukee and losers of eight of 10, open a four-game series against the first-place Dodgers. Rich Hill starts for Los Angeles, which has won three in a row. Patrick Corbin goes for Washington. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
_ BBN--GIANTS-POSEY _ Giants catcher Buster Posey on seven-day concussion list after hit to helmet. SENT: 150 words, photos.
DALLAS _ Brooks Koepka, ranked No. 3 in the world, is one of only two top 20 players in the Byron Nelson the week before the PGA Championship. Koepka defends his PGA title next week and prefers to play the week before a major. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Miguel Angel Jimenez is the defending champion at the Regions Tradition, the first of the PGA Tour Champions’ five majors. Rain delays first-round play. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ GLF--BRITISH MASTERS _ Matthew Jordan leads by two strokes after first round of British Masters in Southport, England. SENT: 300 words.
MADRID _ Roger Federer advances to the Madrid Open quarterfinals, saving two match points in a three-set victory over Gael Monfils. With his 1,200th match win, Federer joins Jimmy Connors as the only men to reach the milestone in the Open era. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 350 words, photos.
DAVIE, Fla. _ Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ offensive assistants are confident they can bring out the best in newly acquired quarterback Josh Rosen. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-COMEBACKS EXPLAINED
Astonishing comebacks are becoming the norm in the Champions League, with Liverpool and Tottenham overturning three-goal deficits to win semifinals. Big leads are no longer safe in the grandest club competition. By Steve Douglas and Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.
_ SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-5 GREAT GAMES _ By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SOC--ENGLAND SPOTLIGHT-TITLE CLIMAX
MANCHESTER, England _ Manchester City and Liverpool are separated by a single point entering Sunday’s final round of game in one of the most compelling title races English soccer. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos.
_ SOC--PREMIER LEAGUE-NBC _ NBC capitalizes on Man City-Liverpool battle. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
SOC--DE BOER’S TURNAROUND
ATLANTA _ After a shaky start, Atlanta United is resembling the team that romped to the MLS title in just its second season. And that eases some of the pressure on Frank de Boer, who was fired from his last two coaching jobs. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP _ Arsenal, Chelsea could set up all-English final in Europa League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MONTMELO, Spain _ Mick Schumacher is trying his hardest to emulate the work ethic that helped his father win a record seven Formula One titles and 91 races. The 20-year-old German is competing in his first season in Formula Two. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.
TOKYO _ Olympic ticket lottery opens in Japan; foreign sales start June 15. A ticket to the opening ceremony costs $2,680. Half the tickets for events will cost $70 or less. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 500 words, photos.
Penn State is ranked No. 1 and the top seed entering this weekend’s men’s NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament. By John Kekis. UPCOMING 700 words by 5 p.m.
_ SOF--OKLAHOMA’S RECORD _ Oklahoma can set Division I softball record with 39th consecutive win Friday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
_ BKC--BIG EAST-CBS _ CBS, Big East reach TV deal for men’s basketball through 2025. SENT: 180 words.
_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHLA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)
Toronto at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Denver at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
Carolina at Boston, 8 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Miami at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Oakland, 3:37 p.m.
Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m.
Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m.<
Atlanta at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Washington at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.