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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 20, 2019

The highlights of Monday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, http://newsroom.ap.org/coverageplan . You can also find a link to Coverage Plan on the left navigation of the Newsroom home page, http://newsroom.ap.org . For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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TOP STORIES

BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Warriors are one victory from their fifth straight NBA Finals, eyeing a sweep of the Trail Blazers in Game 4. Draymond Green’s versatile play has offset Golden State’s loss of Kevin Durant. Portland’s Damian Lillard is playing with a rib injury. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 750 words and photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

GLF--PGA-MAJOR KOEPKA

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Brooks Koepka understands that nothing in golf comes easily. Even after winning a second straight U.S. Open last summer, which no one had done in 29 years, his was still not the first name mentioned among the next generation of stars. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--REDSKINS-RECOVERY ROOM

ASHBURN, Va. _ It’s called the recovery room. Players get laser therapy, freeze at minus-200 degrees in a cryotherapy chamber and float in a pod of salt water as meditation music plays. They are steps the Washington Redskins are taking after leading the NFL in players on injured reserve. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

CAR--INDY 500-NBC

The Indianapolis 500 has long been synonymous with ABC, dating to the network’s days of Wide World of Sports. But now viewers will have to turn to NBC, which acquired the rights to the 500 and the IndyCar Series. NBC is going big in ushering in a new era for the race. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

TEN--ON TENNIS-SERENA IN PARIS

Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can’t wait to learn how that bothersome left knee is holding up. She practicing at the French Open and will need more work over the coming days given how little she’s played on clay lately. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NOTABLE

BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS PREVIEW

TORONTO _ Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors can even the Eastern Conference finals in Game 4 against Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Leonard has been slowed by leg issues, having sat out most of last season with injuries. He intends to play through the pain. . UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES-PREVIEW

ST. LOUIS _ The Blues are within one win of their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz have played huge role. Just not necessarily in the way everyone expected. Game 6 against San Jose is Tuesday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBA--RED SOX-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO _ Big-hitting rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays play the Red Sox on Victoria Day in Canada. Guerrero has homered four times in six games. David Price comes off the injured list to start for Boston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1:07 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-LARSON TURNAROUND

CONCORD, N.C. _ For 18 months, little went right for Kyle Larson. He now hopes to again compete at NASCAR’s highest level after his breakthrough weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

HKW--WOMEN’S HOCKEY UNION

More than 200 of the world’s top women’s hockey players form a union, saying they must “stand together” if there is to be a viable pro league. The women had promised to sit out the upcoming season in North America after the Canadian women’s league shut down. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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Monday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Golden State at Portland, 9 p.m.

Baseball

Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Oakland at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Atlanta at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.

Minnesota at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

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