BC-AP Sports Digest
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Moe Berg was a big league catcher who became a big time spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells his story in a new documentary, and tells PodcastOne Sports Now that he was a mysterious character throughout his life. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
Coming off a surprising appearance in the Big Ten title game, Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald replace a four-year starting quarterback with former five-star recruit this season. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Fitzgerald plays it coy with the Wildcats’ quarterback competition, but tackles college football’s transfer issues and talks about why the NFL couldn’t pull him away from his alma mater. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
MILWAUKEE _ The Eastern Conference finals resume with Game 5 in Milwaukee with the Bucks and Raptors tied. The home team has won each game, with the Bucks taking the first two and the Raptors returning the favor in Toronto. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS _ Alexander Rossi had no idea what he was getting into when he moved from Formula One to IndyCar. Turnign left all race? Looks easy. But as he soon found out, and as Fernando Alonso learned in failing to qualify for the Indy 500 last weekend, getting around the Brickyard is a lot tougher than it looks. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
CONCORD, N.C. _ Car owner Joe Gibbs earned a spot in the Hall of Fame through a successful career and his drivers discuss why it is he has become so successful since coming over from the NFL. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.
BOSTON _ David Backes waited his entire career to play for the Stanley Cup, and now he’ll have to go through some of his best friends to win it. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
PARIS _ Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar’s bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CAR--INDY 500-DEAD TRADITIONS
INDIANAPOLIS _ Folks like to wax poetic at the Indianapolis 500 about its traditions, whether it’s the three-wide starting grid or the milk in Victory Lane. But there has been a push recently for guaranteed starting positions, jeopardizing the tradition of “bump day.” And while old-timers may blanche at such an idea, the truth is plenty of traditions have gone by the wayside. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos.
HKN--FACES OF CONCUSSIONS
HOMER GLEN, Ill. _ Dan Carcillo isn’t fine and he knows it. Repeated blows to the head during his NHL career made him a different person at times during and certainly after he hung up his skates for good. Like a growing number of retired players, Carcillo doesn’t think much of how the league has handled head injuries and Gary Bettman’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge any link between blows to the head and mental health problems. Even with a recent court victory in hand, the NHL has not seen the controversial topic fade away even as it celebrates another Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.
After settling a lawsuit with retired players over concussions and other head injuries, the NHL can take some satisfaction in the fact that almost half of current player representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and The Canadian Press believe the league is doing all it can to prevent them. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, file photos.
TOKYO _ An Olympic official made a guarantee that will please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games organizers might be cutting things they see as “decoration” but federations view as “essential.” Many federations fear what happened at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where bankrupt organizers began slashing everywhere a few months before the opening ceremony. They spoke out several weeks ago in meetings in Australia, with one federation head saying she feared the “cheap” look from Rio. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 650 words, photos.
CHICAGO _ The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs close out a four-game series at Wrigley Field. Aaron Nola pitches for Philadelphia against Jon Lester. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:20 p.m.
METAIRIE, La. _ Drew Brees got his first work of the offseason with the team he hopes can get him back to his first Super Bowl in more than a decade. While Brees is now 40, he’s coming off one of the most efficient seasons of his career. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
The best player in women’s soccer won’t be gracing the biggest tournament in women’s soccer. Ada Hegerberg has chosen not to play for Norway since 2017 because of what she perceives to be a general disregard for the women’s game in her country. Hegerberg’s absence from the Women’s World Cup in France will be sorely felt because she has established herself as a household name through her scoring exploits and for becoming the first ever female winner of the Ballon d’Or. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos.
BKL--WNBA SEASON PREVIEW
NEW YORK _ It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and a few injuries to some of the sport’s greatest players. The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos. With BKL--WNBA Preview Capsules.
Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)
Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.
Colorado at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.
Miami at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Atlanta at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.
Minnesota at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Houston, 8:10 p.m.