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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 29, 2019

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BOSTON _ The defense for the Boston Bruins is a matter of extremes: Two players are listed at 5-foot-9 and two more at 5-11. Then there is Zdeno Chara, who is 6-foot-9, and Brandon Carlo, who is 6-5. Whatever they are doing, it’s working. The Bruins have made it very hard to score and they lead the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 is Wednesday night. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 4 a.m. With HKN--STANLEY CUP, HKN--STANLEY CUP-TYPICALLY TUUKKA, HKN--STANLEY CUP-HELMETLESS KRUG (all sent).


TORONTO _ There’s nothing quite like Jurassic Park anywhere else in the NBA. The college vibe of the writhing, rowdy mass of bodies crammed into an area that covers about two city blocks to cheer for their beloved Raptors outside their downtown Toronto arena makes for one of basketball’s best parties. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m. With BKN--NBA FINALS-DURANT, BKN--NBA FINALS-RAPTORS (sent).


PARIS _ Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play German qualifiers in second-round matches at the French Open. Federer faces 144th-ranked Oscar Otte in the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier. Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden on Court Suzanne Lenglen. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. With: TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST, TEN--FRENCH OPEN-OLD TIMERS, TEN--FRENCH OPEN-GLANCE (all sent).


Confusion about the new rule allowing college basketball players to sign with agents has led to uncertainty for a Division II player. The rule adopted by the NCAA amid the college basketball scandal and that is designed to help players explore their pro potential and still return to school surprisingly applies only to Division I players. It was a revelation for Glenville State’s Phil Bledsoe and officials at his school. The junior has withdrawn from the draft, but his college status is unclear. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 a.m.



A year ago, an NCAA directive changed the waiver process, providing a better opportunity for athletes in all sports to play right away after transferring instead of sitting out a year. Still, some requests are denied. In fact, the rate of waiver approval across all sports is about in line with the previous four years. In football, the approval rate is down slightly. That’s led frustrated players to vent on social media and coaches to complain about the consistency of NCAA rulings. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 a.m. With: FBC--NCAA TRANSFER WAIVERS-BY THE NUMBERS (upcoming).


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Kumar Rocker looks almost out of place on a pitcher’s mound. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Vanderbilt freshman played defensive end in high school, and football runs in the family. His father, Tracy, was the first Southeastern Conference player to win both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy at Auburn before four seasons in the NFL. Uncle David was defensive tackle for four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1990s. Kumar, named by his mother to honor his Indian heritage, chose baseball over taking on offensive linemen. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.



Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn’t defined only by one angry moment in Detroit. Before he could get it with the Los Angeles Lakers, though, World Peace had to heal his mind. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 4 a.m.


DUBLIN, Ohio _ Jack Nicklaus was talking rivalries in 2003 in South Africa when he told Tiger Woods it was important to always be part of the conversation. Woods is the Masters champion again. And that puts Nicklaus back in the conversation. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos. With GLF--GOLF NOTES. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.



ALAMEDA, Calif. _ Antonio Brown’s credentials were well established long before he arrived in Oakland as the Raiders new No. 1 receiver after six straight 100-catch seasons in Pittsburgh. That hasn’t stopped coach Jon Gruden from challenging Brown just the way he did with future Hall of Famers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice back in his first stint as coach in Oakland. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m. With FBN--RAIDERS-INCOGNITO (sent).


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera is placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball following his arrest in a domestic violence case at an Atlantic City casino. Herrera was arrested Monday night on an assault charge at the Golden Nugget Casino. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 570 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Smeltzer took the mound for his first game in the majors, his wife and parents among a sizable crowd at Target Field, set to face NL MVP Christian Yelich and the hard-hitting Milwaukee Brewers. Nervous? After fighting to get this far, no way. SENT: 970 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. _Joakim Soria took issue with a 1-2 curveball he believed should have been strike three to Shohei Ohtani, who two pitches later lined a go-ahead single and Oakland’s best winning streak in 13 years had all but ended. Ohtani hit the tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped the Athletics’ 10-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Sports Illustrated magazine has been sold for $110 million to a company that specializes in managing fashion, entertainment and sports brands, including marketing rights to Shaquille O’Neal and Muhammad Ali. The seller, Meredith Corp., will continue running the print edition and the website SI.com for at least two years. Its editor and publisher are staying on, and the magazine will have editorial independence. By Tali Arbel. SENT: 510 words, photos.


AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Guard R.J. Hampton, a top U.S. prospect, has decided to forego his college eligibility to sign with the New Zealand Breakers in the National Basketball League. SENT: 170 words.


Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)


Game 2: St. Louis at Boston, 8


Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.

San Diego at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 3:37 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 3:40 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 6:10 p.m.

Detroit at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


Seattle at Minnesota, 8 p.m.


Minnesota United at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at D.C. United, 8 p.m.

LA Galaxy at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

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