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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 21, 2019

The highlights of Tuesday’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

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _ The Blues were in last place at the start of the year, but a dramatic turnaround the second half of the season and a dream run through the playoffs have them one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970. Meanwhile, the Sharks need to win Game 6 of their Western Conference final to keep their own Stanley Cup hopes alive. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS

TORONTO_ The Raptors try to even the Eastern Conference finals in Game 4 against the Bucks. Toronto will again lean heavily on star Kawhi Leonard, who has played well despite a sore leg. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.

BKN--WARRIORS-GETTING REST

And now, they wait. Again. The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland clinched their fifth consecutive trip to the title series. And they’ve also gotten used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long layoffs after the Western Conference finals having become their norm. By the time Game 1 of the NBA Finals arrives in either Milwaukee or Toronto on May 30, it’ll be a 10-day gap. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 720 words, photos.

FBN--NFL OWNERS

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. _ NFL owners meeting this week will consider a proposed rule change that would require each team to have one possession in overtime. Tweaking of the newly drafted pass-interference review will also be discussed. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m. With coverage of organized team activities of select teams.

CAR--INDY 500-SUPER MARIO

INDIANAPOLIS _ The reminders of Mario Andretti’s only Indianapolis 500 victory are all around Indianapolis these days. It’s what happens when one of the most iconic racers celebrates the 50th anniversary of his biggest win. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 7 p.m. With: CAR--INDY 500 _ Attention shifts to grid of 33 after soap opera surrounding McLaren’s failed bid to qualify for the Indy 500. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 840 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-KOEPKA

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Majors matter more than any other golf tournament, but they are not the sole measure of greatness in golf. That might be one reason it took Brooks Koepka winning four majors before he was looked upon with the same potential as Rory McIlroy with four majors, and Dustin Johnson with one. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. With GLF--NOTEBOOK. Upcoming: 1,000 words, photos by 7 p.m.

NOTABLE

BBA--RED SOX-YANKEES-LONDON ARTIFICIAL TURF

NEW YORK _ The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 990 words, photos.

SWM--MICHAEL PHELPS-AWARD

BALTIMORE _ While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Phelps will be awarded the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night in Boston. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo by 7 p.m.

BKN--CAVALIERS-BEILEIN

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio _ John Beilein left Michigan after a successful 12-year run for what will likely be his last coaching stop, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who believe the 66-year-old can accelerate their rebuild. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

CAR--F1-OBIT-LAUDA

BERLIN _ Niki Lauda, who won two of his three Formula One titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With CAR--OBIT-LAUDA-THE LATEST.

SOC--ARSENAL-MKHITARYAN

LONDON _ Arsenal says Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be staying at home when the team plays Chelsea in the Europa League final because of concerns about political tension between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is hosting the game. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Milwaukee at Toronto, 8:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

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

Baseball

Oakland at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

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

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

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

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

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

Kansas City at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

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

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

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

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