BC-AP Sports Digest
May. 15, 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.
SEATTLE — Mariners All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano is suspended 80 games for testing positive for a diuretic. The loss is a blow to a team expected to contend for the playoffs. Cano says a doctor in the Dominican Republic gave him the substance to treat an unspecified "medical ailment." By Tim Booth. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multibillion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BOSTON — Having held LeBron James to 15 points in a 25-point opening romp, the Boston Celtics try to go up 2-0 at home in the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland is expecting a big response from James and might start Tristan Thompson after they were overpowered in the paint. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Capitals return home looking to take a 3-0 lead on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final. Washington is playing excellent defense and getting great goaltending from Braden Holt. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion to a hedge fund manager, the AP is told. David Tepper has agreed to buy the Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson, with the deal subject to a vote at next week's NFL owners meeting in Atlanta. By Steve Reed. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SOC--WORLD CUP-UNUSED SPARES
PARIS — Among the challenges facing World Cup coaches: How to deal with players who are stuck on the bench, making sure they don't sap morale. Some players from the last World Cup who didn't play tell the AP there are plenty of ways for unused substitutes to be useful, and those who sulk aren't tolerated. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 900 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson popped the champagne cork to celebrate his victory in The Players Championship. Though not by design, the moment also could have signaled the close of an era as The Players ends its 12-year run as a May tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,200 words.
SPORTS BETTING-LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS — Casino operators in Las Vegas say they aren't concerned about a Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for widespread sports betting, and they are ready to operate sports books in states that approve such gambling. Financial analysts also don't see problems for the gambling mecca. By Regina Garcia Cano. SENT: 900 words, photos.
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have plenty of things to fix after squandering their coveted home-court advantage with a 119-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Tops on their list: limiting turnovers, eliminating open 3s and making things tougher on Kevin Durant. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CHICAGO — Phoenix and Memphis have the two best chances of winning the NBA's draft lottery, with the order of top picks to be decided by 14 pingpong balls. Many of the lottery teams were at the center of tanking questions this season. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.
Hiring rookie coaches has worked out for a slew of NBA teams, and now Phoenix and Atlanta get in on the act. The moves bringing Igor Kokoskov to the Suns and Lloyd Pierce to the Hawks undercut the notion that experience matters most. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
The Western Conference final features two coaches — Gerard Gallant of Vegas, Paul Maurice of Winnipeg — who have taken long, winding roads to perhaps the best teams of their careers. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-MARCHESSAULT — Jonathan Marchessault of Golden Knights was left unprotected in expansion draft by Panthers, a decision Florida might now regret. By Larry Lage. SENT: 500 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Two of baseball's best teams go at it when the Aaron Judge and the Yankees play Bryce Harper and the Nationals. New York has won 19 of 22 games, Washington 13 of 15. The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka opposes Gio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — AL strikeouts leader Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.43 ERA) starts for the Houston Astros against the Angels in a game between teams sharing the AL West lead. Cole grew up in Orange County and rooted for the Angels, his parents season-ticket holders. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves, coming off a 6-1 road trip that propelled them to the best record in the NL, take on struggling Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs. Darvish has yet to win with the Cubs and hasn't pitched since May 2 because of the flu. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:35 p.m.
BALTIMORE — Pimlico Race Course is all gussied up, ready to host the Preakness on Saturday. The 148-year-old track, however, is showing its age, and it will cost about $300 to make it right. So it might not be long before the middle jewel of the Triple Crown moves to newer, fresher Laurel Park. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens for teams to begin preparing for this month's Indianapolis 500. The field features Danica Patrick, who will return to the biggest stage of her career for one final race. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
HERNING, Denmark — The U.S. is sent to its first loss in seven games at hockey's world championship — a 6-2 rout by Finland. The Americans drop to second in their group and will play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— SOC--EURO 2024-GERMANY-TURKEY — Tense relations between Germany and Turkey mark bids to host 2024 European Championship. By Global Soccer Writer By Rob Harris. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL — Atletico Madrid and Marseille await Europa League final Wednesday in Lyon, France. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— SOC--WCUP MOMENTS-SUAREZ BITE — Luis Suarez sinks his teeth of Italy defender at 2014 World Cup in Brazil. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-GERMAN JOURNALIST — Russia relents on World Cup visa for German journalist. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— TEN--ITALIAN OPEN — Tomas Berdych upset in Rome, Maria Sharapova advances. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— TEN--DOPING-CORNET CLEARED — French player Alize Cornet cleared of doping charge. SENT: 110 words.
— CYC--GIRO D'ITALIA — Simon Yates extends lead at Giro d'Italia; Matej Mohoric wins 10th stage. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— RGU--WORLD CUP-ROMANIA DISQUALIFIED — Romania disqualified from 2019 Rugby World Cup for using ineligible players; Russia promoted. SENT: 500 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT):
NBA Playoffs (Conference Finals)
Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals)
Tampa Bay at Washington, 8 p.m.
Colorado at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Oakland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Milwaukee at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.