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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 15, 2019

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Jordan Spieth needs to win the PGA Championship for the career Grand Slam. Tiger Woods needs to win the next three majors for the calendar slam. Based on the way the year has gone so far, it’s hard to say which is the better bet. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 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 bbedlan@ap.org


NEW YORK _ Mike Maccagnan helped lead the Jets’ coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team’s draft. Now, stunningly, he’s out as New York’s general manager. Team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced the decision to fire Maccagnan in a statement posted Wednesday on the team’s Twitter account. Coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting general manager in Maccagnan’s place while the Jets search for a replacement. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 400 words; will be updated.


MILWAUKEE _ Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night. It’s the Bucks’ first time hosting Game 1 of a conference final since 1974. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.


ST. LOUIS _ The Sharks and Blues are tied at a game apiece as their Western Conference final shifts to St. Louis for Game 3. The Blues hope to get Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko going in their return to home ice. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


NEW ORLEANS _ A stunning NBA draft lottery win shortly after the hiring of David Griffin as top basketball executive has provided the Pelicans a spike in leverage _ not to mention optimism _ as a new league year approaches. The ability to draft consensus top prospect Zion Williamson also should give New Orleans wider options on how to handle disgruntled star Anthony Davis. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.


CHICAGO _ Tacko Fall is the biggest player in Chicago this week: 7-foot-6, yet even with that long frame he’s still a long shot to get drafted by an NBA club. The G League Elite Camp might have boosted his chances, and the shot that a few others have of getting into the league next season. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.


BEREA, Ohio _ Given a second chance by the Browns and NFL, running back Kareem Hunt speaks to the media for the first time since signing with Cleveland and being suspended eight games for two physical altercations, including one in which he shoved and kicked a woman. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


DALLAS _ Adrian Beltre thought he would miss baseball more when he retired. The former Texas Rangers third baseman, who had 3,166 hits in 21 big league seasons, is doing just fine as a family man. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.


NEW YORK _ The WNBA has a new leader with a new title. The league hired Cathy Engelbert as its commissioner on Wednesday. The previous four leaders of the WNBA had been known as president. Since 2015, Engelbert has been CEO of Deloitte US, an accounting organization that works with Fortune 500 companies. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words, photo; will be updated.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors showed off that familiar swagger, celebrated like they so love to do and got contributions on both ends of the floor from up and down the roster. Just the way they prefer to thrive. And having fun doing so, taking joy in things going right. Portland will take a look at all that went wrong in a 116-94 Game 1 defeat. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been dominant in net in guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup finals. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.


When Mike Rupp went on a Stanley Cup run with New Jersey in 2003, he forgot to pay his bills because nothing outside playoff hockey mattered. He’s not alone. For players who grow out long playoff beards and are involved in the madness of the NHL postseason, the grass doesn’t get cut, anything but family and hockey gets ignored because of the pursuit of the silver chalice. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, file photos.


BALTIMORE _ The odds and post positions of the Preakness are determined for a race that is without the top four finishers in the Kentucky Derby, which means the focus turns to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the likely favorite, Improbable. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Draw starts at 5 p.m.


BALTIMORE _ Disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security isn’t running in the Preakness and neither is Country House, the horse who was elevated to first. There’s no shot at a Triple Crown, but Bob Baffert-trained Derby favorite Improbable and War of Will _ who looked prime to run to the front down the stretch at Churchill Downs _ are among the horses to watch in the big race at Pimlico. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. With AP Graphic.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jimmie Johnson normally considers himself a patient person, but the seven-time Cup Series champion admitted he is running out of it quickly with a lengthy streak without a win and an expiring contract in 2020 weighing on his mind. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Mike Harding grew up an avid Indianapolis 500 fan and smartly used the iconic event to grow his private business. But he wanted to be more involved, so Harding went all-in and started his own team. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words by 6 p.m.


TAMPA, Fla. _ Dan Mullen’s program appears to be in disarray. Florida has dealt with three incidents involving accusations of violence against women in the past month, and one of them prompted his top recruit to transfer. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.


Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m.


L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 3:05 p.m., 1st game

Pittsburgh at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

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

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m., 2nd game

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

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

Colorado at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

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

St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Texas at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


D.C. United at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Orlando City at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.