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BC-AP Sports Digest

June 9, 2018
BC-AP Sports Digest,1291

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Adam Silver knows fans can get upset with officiating, and he plans to work on that. The NBA Commissioner appears on the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” show, previewing Game 4 of the NBA Finals with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Also, with Cleveland down 3-0, Indians manager Terry Francona talks basketball. His team rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Boston in the 2004 ALCS.




SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Mike Davis is making no excuses about the last time the U.S. Open was at Shinnecock Hills, when the course became so brittle that balls wouldn’t stay on the seventh green and 28 players couldn’t break 80. He also stopped just short of a pledge there won’t be a repeat 14 years later. Davis is the chief executive of the USGA who has spent more than a decade setting up the U.S. Open for the best players in the world. It has become a science with technology that measures everything from moisture in the ground to how fast grass is growing on different sections of the greens. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.

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CLEVELAND — The way the Golden State Warriors are built, their reign over the NBA could last for quite a while. Stephen Curry is under contract for basically the rest of his prime. Kevin Durant says he isn’t going anywhere. Steve Kerr has more than proven himself as one of the game’s best coaches. Free agents will line up for the chance to move West even if that means taking some pay cuts. With three titles now in four years, it’s unquestionably their league. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos by 3 a.m.


CLEVELAND — LeBron James walked into his final interview of the NBA Finals with one last surprise: A dark brace on his right hand, covering an injury he’s hidden for a week James says he “pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand.” With the series against the Golden State Warriors over, James will wait to see what he does next. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 960 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Justify will try to immortalize his name and join such horses as Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Citation and Secretariat when he runs in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. He’s seeking to become the 13th Triple Crown winner. Justify opened his bid with a 2 ½-length victory on a sloppy track in the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby on May 5. He followed it up with a half-length win in the slop in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness on May 19. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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— RAC--BELMONT STAKES — Justify is seeking to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years when he runs in the Belmont Stakes. RAC--BELMONT STAKES-THE LATEST to begin around noon.



CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry scored 37 points and the Golden State Warriors won their second straight NBA title and third in four years, thumping the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again. Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double for the Warriors, who overcame injuries on the way to another crown. James finished with 23 points in what may have been his final game in Cleveland. By Tom Withers. SENT: 1280 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant goes back-to-back, both as a champion and the NBA Finals MVP. He averaged 28.8 points in this series against the Cavaliers, along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists as the Golden State Warriors swept Cleveland. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 300 words, photos.


While many NBA fans have said if LeBron James supporting cast did more, the Cavs would be more competitive, former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong has a different take. By BJ Armstrong for The Associated Press. SENT: 590 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Walker Buehler dominated before being pulled with rib soreness, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame another blow to their injury-depleted pitching staff by hitting five home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3. By Jill Painter Lopez. SENT: 800 words, photos.


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


MINNEAPOLIS — Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani has been put on the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. By Greg Beacham and Dave Campbell. SENT: 1020 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasberg exited after two innings because of tightness in his right shoulder, and the San Francisco Giants rapped eight extra-base hits to beat Washington 9-5. By Harvey Valentine. SENT: 730 words, photos.



Mississippi State, Oregon State, North Carolina and Washington won their openers in the NCAA Tournament super regionals. They’re one win away from the College World Series. By Eric Olson. SENT: 970 words, photos.



SAO PAULO — Hospital officials say Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno has died after a battle with mouth cancer. She was 78. Bueno won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s. Nicknamed “The Tennis Ballerina” because of her graceful style, Bueno spent most of her career on the court before the professional era. She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966. By Stan Lehman and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 750 words, photos.





Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York, 6:46 p.m.


San Francisco at Washington, 12:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Detroit, 4:10 p.m.

San Diego at Miami, 4:10 p.m.

Seattle at Tampa Bay, 4:10 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 7:15 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets, 7:15 p.m.

Houston at Texas, 7:15 p.m.

Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.


Atlanta United FC at New York City FC, 12:30 p.m.

New York at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Orlando City at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Montreal at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

New England at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Houston, 9 p.m.

D.C. United at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Los Angeles FC at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Portland, 10:30 p.m.


Minnesota at Connecticut, 2 p.m.


NASCAR Xfinity, LTi Printing 250 Qualifying, Brooklyn, Mich., 10:05 a.m.

NHRA, Virginia Nationals Qualifying, North Dinwiddie, Va., 12:45 p.m.

NASCAR Xfinity, LTi Printing 250, Brooklyn, Mich., 1:30 p.m.

F1, Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying, Montreal, 2 p.m.

IndyCar, DXC Technology 600, Fort Worth, Texas, 8 p.m.



ITF/FFT, Roland Garros, Paris


PGA Tour, FedEx St. Jude Classic, Memphis, Tenn.

LPGA Tour, ShopRite Classic, Galloway, N.J.

European Tour, Shot Clock Masters, Vienna

PGA Tour Champions, Principal Charity Classic, Des Moines, Iowa

Web.com Tour, Rust-Oleum Championship, Ivanhoe, Ill.

USGA, Curtis Cup, Scarsdale, N.Y.

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