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June 6, 2018
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Mike Scioscia says managing Shohei Ohtani has been easy. The Angels manager talks about the great experiment on the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. Also up for discussion with AP sports writers: Howard Fendrich on Serena Williams’ injury, Tim Reynolds on the Cavaliers’ diminishing chances and Stephen Whyno on the Stanley Cup Final.

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TOP STORIES

TRUMP-SPORTS

CLEVELAND — NBA stars Stephen Curry and LeBron James are speaking out in support of the Philadelphia Eagles. The stars competing in the NBA Finals criticized President Donald Trump for disinviting the Super Bowl champions from the traditional White House ceremony. James said he didn’t think either NBA finalist would accept a White House invitation. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 808 words, photos.

With:

— TRUMP-EAGLES — By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

TEN--FRENCH OPEN

PARIS — Two former French Open champions meet for a spot in the semifinals when third-seeded Garbine Muguruza takes on Maria Sharapova. Still chasing a maiden major trophy, top-ranked Simona Halep takes on 12th-seeded Angelique Kerber. In men’s play, 10-time champion Rafael Nadal faces 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman and No. 3 Marin Cilic is up against No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro in a matchup between two former U.S. Open champions. UPCOMING: Play scheduled to begin at 5 a.m.

OLY--SEX ABUSE-CONGRESS

WASHINGTON — The former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics says she was instructed to keep quiet after she informed her boss about allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar. Rhonda Faehn made that claim during a Senate subcommittee hearing. Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny refused to testify, invoking the Fifth Amendment. Congress is examining what went wrong at the sport’s governing body that allowed Nassar to abuse hundreds of athletes over two decades. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--NBA FINALS-HOOD

CLEVELAND — Seldom-used forward Rodney Hood is getting a big chance for the Cavaliers. Coach Tyronn Lue plans to play Hood in Game 3 of the NBA Finals as Cleveland tries to cut into Golden State’s 2-0 lead in the series. Hood’s role has reduced since the start of the postseason and his most notable moment to this point was refusing to enter a blowout over Toronto in the final minutes. Hood was acquired by the Cavs in a trade in February. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--STANLEY CUP-BLOCK PARTY

WASHINGTON — The Capitals may be shot-blocking their way to the Stanley Cup by getting in shooting lanes with the right strategy to keep the Golden Knights off-guard and let goaltender Braden Holtby see the puck. Washington has blocked almost a third of Vegas’ shots in taking a 3-1 series lead. It’s not just quantity of blocks but quality that has them one win from a title. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos.

Also:

— HKN--ISLANDERS-SHAKEUP — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 537 words, photos.

— HKN--WILD-FERREIRA — SENT: 124 words.

BELMONT

RAC--BELMONT-DRAW

NEW YORK — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify will break from the No. 1 post as the early 4-5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes as the colt tries to complete a Triple Crown sweep. Trainer Bob Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses no matter what the race. By Beth Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.

RAC--BELMONT-JOCKEY CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

A lack of concussion protocol for jockeys in most of the U.S. puts horse racing years behind other sports. There’s no national concussion program from state to state nor racetrack to racetrack. There is also an ongoing debate on how to implement one and who should pay for it. The leaves jockeys like Justify rider Mike Smith facing different situations along the Triple Crown trail from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness in Maryland and Belmont in New York. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 1,080 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--RAYS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer kept throwing strikes and the Tampa Bay Rays kept making outs. It was just another efficient outing for the Washington Nationals ace, who pitched eight strong innings Tuesday in a 4-2 victory to become the first 10-game winner in the majors this season. Scherzer won his ninth consecutive decision, striking out 13 while throwing 81 of his 99 pitches for strikes. SENT: 837 words, photos.

BBN--DODGERS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — Joc Pederson, Yaisel Puig and Cody Bellinger hit home runs and the surging Los Angeles Dodgers slugged their way past the free-falling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Tuesday night. The Dodgers have won four straight and 14 of 18 to pull back to .500 (30-30) for the first time since April 24. The are also 30-30 after having lost 13 of 17 to fall to .500 for the first time this season. By Will Graves. SENT: 781 words, photos.

Also:

— BBO--BASEBALL DRAFT-DAY 2 — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 515 words, photos.

— BBN--PHILLIES-ARRIETA — SENT: 424 words, photos.

— BBA--RANGERS-LINCECUM — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 387 words.

NFL

FBN--VIKINGS-RUDOLPH

EAGAN, Minn. — Among many get-to-know-them moments in Minnesota for Kirk Cousins this offseason, Kyle Rudolph has made a sharp first impression. After completing a pass to his strong-handed tight end during one practice last month, Cousins humorously described the favorable target “like throwing into a mattress.” Coming off surgery on his right ankle, Rudolph is a couple of weeks ahead of his schedule in his recovery and gaining valuable time with the offense directed by new coordinator John DeFilippo. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 654 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--RAIDERS-DEFENSE — By Josh Dubow. SENT: 690 words.

— FBN--JETS-DARNOLD’S DEVELOPMENT — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 853 words, photos.

AP Sports Extra: World Cup: A paginated preview of the World Cup is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The tournament in Russia starts June 14. The pages look at the top storylines, including Germany’s bid to repeat as champion and key players to watch. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org

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ALSO

— SOF--WCWS-FLORIDA ST-WASHINGTON — By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 770 words, photos.

— BRAZIL-OLYMPIC VOTE BUYING — SENT: 233 words, photos.

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Wednesday’s Time Schedule

NBA FINALS

Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

BASEBALL

Tampa Bay at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Atlanta at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

Arizona at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Detroit at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

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

Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

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

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Miami at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

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