BC-AP Sports Digest
May. 12, 2018
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — An expansion team in name only, the Vegas Golden Knights open the Western Conference finals against the Winnipeg Jets. In the unlikeliest of matchups, this is a series featuring depth, speed and two of the postseason's best goaltenders. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— HKN--JETS-STASTNY — Paul Stastny, acquired by Jets at trade deadline, makes big contributions on and off ice. By Larry Lage. SENT: 500 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and Draymond Green admire Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni for how he empowers all his players to be scorers. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praises him for influencing the way teams play. Now, D'Antoni needs to validate his innovations with a title. Golden State vs. Houston starts Monday. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson is up by five shots entering the third round of The Players Championship. He is coming off a 9-under 63 for the largest 36-hole lead in the tournament's 45 years. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
BOSTON — The Cavaliers and Celtics are back at it in the Eastern Conference finals, starting Sunday. LeBron James is looking to join an elite list of players to appear in eight straight NBA Finals. Boston, battered by injuries and relying on young players, is trying to make the title round for the first time since 2010. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BRANDON, Fla. — Experience tells the Tampa Bay Lightning they shouldn't be overly concerned about losing the opener of the Eastern Conference finals. The way the Washington Capitals are playing, though, it could be more difficult to rebound this time. Game 2 is Sunday. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Fortunate just to make the cut, Tiger Woods shows flashes of his old self in the third round of The Players Championship. He climbs as high as a tie for fifth place and threatens the course record until settling for a 65, his best score at Sawgrass. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— GLF--PLAYERS-TIGER EFFECT — Mackenzie Hughes gets first taste of Tigermania. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— GLF--PLAYERS-NOTEBOOK — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.
BBA--RED SOX-BLUE JAYS
TORONTO — David Price starts for the first-place Boston Red Sox against the Blue Jays, pitching for the first time since giving up a season-worst nine runs May 3. He has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and says heavy video game use may have contributed to his condition. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:07 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Martin Truex Jr. goes for his third straight victory at Kansas Speedway while Matt Kenseth makes his season debut in the No. 6 car for Roush Fenway Racing when NASCAR's top series returns to the Midwest for the KC Masterpiece 400. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 8 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power tries to become the fourth straight pole winner to capture the IndyCar Grand Prix. He already has won the race twice, both from the pole. And Roger Penske's team has won all four previous IndyCar races on this road course. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 3:50 p.m.
— CAR--F1-SPANISH GP — Lewis Hamilton on pole for Spanish Grand Prix. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 650 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko goes for a title in a third weight class in just his 12th pro fight when he moves up to face WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Main event starts about 9 p.m.
HOUSTON — When Texans rookie Justin Reid was at Stanford, he used to watch NFL game film at the home of older brother Eric Reid, the 49ers star safety who is now a free agent. Justin Reid hopes that study time will help him adjust to the NFL. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HERNING, Denmark — Five games, five wins. With Patrick Kane delivering after a disappointing season with the Chicago Blackhawks, the U.S. is playing exceptionally well in its bid for its first world hockey championship medal since 2015. Kane last played at the worlds in 2008, his first NHL season. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— HKO--WORLDS — Defending champ Sweden tops Slovakia 4-3 in overtime for fifth straight win at hockey world championship in Denmark. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 160 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— HKO--WORLDS-SWEDEN — Nashville Predators trio to join Sweden at hockey worlds. SENT: 140 words, photos.
MADRID — Petra Kvitova goes for her third Madrid Open title when she plays Kiki Bertens in the final. On the men's side, Dominic Thiem takes his semifinal and will play Alexander Zverev-Denis Shapovalov winner for title. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— TEN--VINCI-RETIREMENT — Roberta Vinci to retire before home fans at next week's Italian Open. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— CYC--TOUR OF CALIFORNIA — Tour of California begins in Long Beach, featuring reigning world champion Peter Sagan and former world champ Mark Cavendish. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— CYC--GIRO D'ITALIA — Simon Yates keeps overall lead at Giro d'Italia; Richard Carapaz wins eighth stage. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— MMA--BELLATOR — Ryan Bader fights Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in Bellator 199 in San Jose, Calif. UPCOMING: 600 words. Card starts 9 p.m.
— ATH--SHANGHAI DIAMOND LEAGUE — Olympic, world champ Omar McLeod wins 110 hurdles in rain at Shanghai. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— BKW--SOUTH CAROLINA-WILSON STATUE — South Carolina plans statue for basketball star A'ja Wilson. SENT: 130 words.
— GLF--SICILIAN OPEN — Mike Lorenzo-Vera up by two shots after three rounds in Italy on European Tour. UPCOMING: 150 words by 3 p.m.
— SOC--WCUP-GERMAN JOURNALIST — Germany urges FIFA to ensure visa for World Cup for journalist who exposed Russian doping. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT):
NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals)
Vegas at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Oakland at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 2, 3:05 p.m.
Washington at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.
Seattle at Detroit, 2, 4:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Texas at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Minnesota at Los Angeles Angels, 9:07 p.m.
Cincinnati at Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
San Jose at Minnesota United, 2 p.m.
Philadelphia at Montreal, 3 p.m.
LA Galaxy at FC Dallas, 3:30 p.m.
Chicago at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at New England, 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.
New York at Colorado, 9 p.m.