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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 16, 2018

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Oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro says those wanting to get into the sports betting business need to understand this — bookies don’t always win. Vaccaro speaks with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke about the Supreme Court decision on the AP’s “Podcast One Sports Now”. Also up for discussion: AP sports writers Janie McCauley and Tom Withers on the NBA playoffs and AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on the NHL playoffs.




BARCELONA, Spain — Unless there are changes in Formula One regulations in the near future, don’t expect Haas to do much better than it is doing right now. Team principal Guenther Steiner says being the fourth best team is “the maximum” the team can achieve with the current rules in place. He says beating teams like Red Bull or Ferrari is only possible in dreams at the moment. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — American Indian tribes are welcoming the opportunity to offer sports betting in potentially hundreds of casinos across the country. Experts say tribes with exclusivity in casino-style gambling will be looking to maintain those rights in states that legalize sports wagers. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.


HOUSTON — Each time Gerald Green has stepped on the court this season for his hometown Houston Rockets, it seemed like he was playing an elimination game. He couldn’t find a team that wanted his services after being released by Milwaukee in training camp. Then Houston gave him a chance. Now, he could be just what Houston needs Wednesday night when the Rockets try to even up the Western Conference finals with the Golden State Warriors. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 1120 words, photos by 3 a.m.


CHICAGO — Deandre Ayton might be going back to Arizona after all. The same can be true for Marvin Bagley III. Or maybe Luka Doncic gets to reunite with his past coach. The Phoenix Suns have a trio of fine candidates for the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3 a.m.


SEATTLE — Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto felt disappointment first when he learned of Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement. Then he thought about the opportunities. Dipoto already has a Gold Glove Award-winning second baseman on the roster in Dee Gordon, and he may have up to $11 million to work with because Cano won’t be paid during his suspension. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 710 words, photos by 3 a.m.



HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have plenty to fix after squandering their coveted home-court advantage in the Western Conference finals. The list includes limiting turnovers, eliminating open 3s and making things tougher on Kevin Durant. Rockets guard James Harden says Houston should be better and the Golden State Warriors believe their talent will continue to shine in the series. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 870 words, photos.


BOSTON — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to hold off the Cavaliers 107-94 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added 18 points and five assists. Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Boston improved to 8-0 this postseason at TD Garden. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 800 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights figured they might get something special by crossing a respected goaltending coach with an accomplished goaltender. Dave Prior and Marc-Andre Fleury are making quite the pair for the historically successful expansion team. Fleury has hit it off with Prior, a coach who has helped the 13-year veteran pick up some new tricks. By W.G. Ramirez. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos by 3 a.m.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Gerard Gallant and Paul Maurice don’t know each other well despite having their NHL coaching careers overlap. The men behind the benches for the Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets have both led their teams into the Western Conference final. They will match wits Wednesday night in Game 3 in Las Vegas. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 750 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final Tuesday night and cut their series deficit to 2-1. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Capitals forward Tom Wilson thinks Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman could be in trouble for a hit that drew a boarding penalty in Game 3 of their teams’ Eastern Conference final. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 570 words, photos.



A look at what’s happening all around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.


WASHINGTON — Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as the Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit, and a game between New York and the Washington Nationals was suspended with the score 3-3 after 5½ innings because of rain. SENT: 730 words, photos.




Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT):


Philadelphia at Baltimore, 12:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.

Cleveland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 3:40 p.m.

Milwaukee at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

Cincinnati at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Washington, comp. of susp game, 5:05 p.m.

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

Oakland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Houston at L.A. Angels, 9:40 p.m.


Conference Finals

Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m.


Conference Finals

Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.


San Jose at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.

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