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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 24, 2019

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Moe Berg was a big league catcher who became a big time spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells his story in a new documentary, and tells PodcastOne Sports Now that he was a mysterious character throughout his life. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Coming off a surprising appearance in the Big Ten title game, Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald replace a four-year starting quarterback with former five-star recruit this season. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Fitzgerald plays it coy with the Wildcats’ quarterback competition, but tackles college football’s transfer issues and talks about why the NFL couldn’t pull him away from his alma mater. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



MILWAUKEE _ Kawhi Leonard arrived in Toronto thinking he could pick up another championship to go with the one he already has. One more victory and he’ll play for another ring. And dominant performances like he put up Thursday night are a big reason why. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 910 words, photos.


MILWAUKEE _ Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals. A lineup change didn’t provide it, so the Bucks have to come up with something else to save their season Saturday in Toronto. By Keith Jenkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.


INDIANAPOLIS _ George Steinbrenner IV grew up walking through Yankee Stadium. His grandfather was the longtime owner of baseball’s most prestigious team. Now he is walking through Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 22-year-old Steinbrenner is part owner of Harding Steinbrenner Racing team. Their driver, Colton Herta, will start fifth in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos by 3 a.m. With BC-CAR--Indy 500 moved previously.


CONCORD, N.C. _ When Joe Gibbs decided to venture off from the NFL and form a race team in 1992 he was scared. Petrified, in fact. Gibbs had won three Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins, but he was an outsider starting from scratch when it came to stock car racing. And when his team failed to win a race in its first season, Gibbs started to doubt his decision. But Gibbs found a way to win — and he hasn’t stopped winning. By Steve Reed. SENT: 630 words, photos.


BOSTON _ Former Blues captain will David Backes will have to go through his old team if he is going to win the Stanley Cup for the first time. After waiting 13 seasons for the opportunity, the Boston Bruins forward knows he can’t afford to waste it. The best-of-seven series against St. Louis begins Monday night in Boston. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 810 words, photos.



ROME _ It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu are all children of immigrants. What’s not typical is that they have all simultaneously broken into the world’s elite ranks of tennis players. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.


After settling a lawsuit with retired players over concussions and other head injuries, the NHL can take some satisfaction in the fact that almost half of current player representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and The Canadian Press believe the league is doing all it can to prevent them. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, file photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant won’t be ready to play in time for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30. The two-time reigning finals MVP has yet to return to on-court work while recovering from a strained right calf. Big man DeMarcus Cousins might be healthy for Golden State’s series opener against either Milwaukee or Toronto. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 550 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker also were big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced. Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were announced Thursday. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 600 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _C.J. Cron believed in spring training that the Minnesota Twins were going to have a good offense this season. Their hitting hasn’t just been good, it has been powerful. The Twins tied a franchise record with eight home runs and beat the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 900 words, photos.


METAIRIE, La. _ Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he’s looking forward to embracing new offensive concepts and trying new plays as he enters his 19th NFL season. The 40-year-old quarterback says he’s always evolving and that an ability to adapt to changing circumstances on and off the field promotes sustained success. By Brett Martel. SENT: 660 words, photos.


Two-time reigning defensive player of the year Aaron Donald is always searching for out-of-the-box ways to improve his game. That’s why the Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman trained with knives again this offseason. That’s right, knives _ of the plastic variety, of course, in order to improve his eye-hand coordination. His real driving force? That loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last February. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.


Friday Time Schedule (EDT)


Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

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

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

San Diego at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

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

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

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

Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

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

N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Baltimore at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

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

Arizona at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.


Dallas at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at New York, 8 p.m.


LA Galaxy at Orlando City, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.

Montreal at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.

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