BC-AP Sports Digest
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CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Cavaliers hire Michigan’s John Beilein as coach. He does not have NBA experience but is regarded as one of the college game’s best minds. He inherits a team that went 19-63 following LeBron James’ departure. By Tom Withers. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. With Michigan sidebar.
BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS PREVIEW
OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant will likely still be nursing a strained right calf Tuesday night when Golden State begins the next step in its chase for a third straight title: the Western Conference final against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m. With capsules for both conferences.
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The Sharks look to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final against the Blues. San Jose won the opener 6-3 behind two goals by Logan Couture. St. Louis needs more from star forward Vladimir Tarasenko. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are among those taking on the wet chill at Bethpage Black on the first day of practice for the PGA Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship: A paginated preview of the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” or “SE” under the Graphics tab. The page focuses on Tiger Woods, who is playing for the first time since his comeback victory at the Masters. The bulk of the content is new but versions of the Facts & Figures and Player Capsules sections have been sent on the wire. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at email@example.com
PARIS _ Homophobic chants at French soccer games have been tolerated for a long time. The country’s soccer authorities now say they have a plan to deal with such conduct, and abusive fans should be worried. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FBC--SCOUTING THE PORTAL
Instead of working the grapevine to see which players might be available through transfer, college football teams now track an NCAA database. Georgia coach Kirby Smarts likens the increased transparency to NFL teams gathering information on free agents. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 900 words, photos.
The Stronach Group owns Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream and tracks in Maryland. The deep-pocketed outfit always seems right in the middle of the action, be it the horse deaths at Santa Anita, its investment in the Pegasus World Cup or the fight over Pimlico and the Preakness. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, photos.
BKN--ON BASKETBALL-PATIENT BLAZERS
Patience is a rare virtue in the NBA. The Trail Blazers lost 10 consecutive playoff games going into this year. Ordinarily, that’s a recipe for firings, trade demands and roster dismantling. Instead, Portland stayed the course. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ This is the most prolific month in auto racing, with both IndyCar and NASCAR riding momentum they hope will carry through their Memorial Day showcases. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BKN--BUCKS ARE BACK
MILWAUKEE _ Losing season after losing season made the Bucks an afterthought in Wisconsin, where the Green Bay Packers rule. But now the Bucks are the hot ticket, with a glittery new arena and a young superstar that has them knocking on the door of the NBA Finals. By Ivan Moreno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 2 p.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Of all the teams that made the second round of the NHL playoffs, the Hurricanes are the worst at scoring on the power play. The Bruins, meanwhile, convert on a third of their chances _ a big reason why Boston is up 2-0 entering Game 3 on Tuesday night. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BKN--DRAFT LOTTERY PREVIEW
CHICAGO _ Zion Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 pingpong balls. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night when some team is awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft and presumably the chance to grab the mighty Duke star. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.
Monday Time Schedule (EDT)
St. Louis at San Jose, 9 p.m.
Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m.
Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 7:40 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.