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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 21, 2019

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TOP STORIES

BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ Experience bred confidence for the Golden State Warriors, even when challenged by the upstart Portland Trail Blazers. No matter how far they were down, they’ve been through too much to ever think they’re out. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 1,200 words and photos.

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. SENT: 750 words, photos.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES-PREVIEW

ST. LOUIS _ Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz’s hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and set the single-season franchise record for playoff wins. Game 6 against San Jose is Tuesday night. SENT: 810 words, photos.

CAR--F1-OBIT-LAUDA

VIENNA — Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his 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: 1,000 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--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. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BBA--RED SOX-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO _ David Price returned to the Boston Red Sox with another outstanding performance against Toronto Blue Jays. The 33-year-old left-hander did not allow any earned runs over five innings in a 12-2 rout that improved his record against the Blue Jays to 22-3, including 13-1 in 18 starts at Toronto. SENT: 850 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-LARSON TURNAROUND

CONCORD, N.C. _ Kyle Larson was among NASCAR’s rising young stars in 2017 with four victories and his second straight playoff appearance. Then came a 20-month winless drought that left him and his Chip Ganassi Racing team searching for answers. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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.

BKW--ANTONELLI-FREE THROW FUNDRAISING

NEW YORK _ Basketball analyst Deb Antonelli raised over $80,000 for Special Olympics through a free throw fundraiser. Her 21-year-old son Frankie is a Special Olympics athlete who just completed his sophomore year in Clemson University’s LifeProgram. She wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for South Carolina Special Olympics. She vowed to make 2,400 free throws _ 100 per hour_ for 24 straight hours. She did just that. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--BRONCOS-LANGLEY’S POSITION CHANGE

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ Denver Broncos third-year player Brendan Langley is making the transition from cornerback to wide receiver this season. Langley visited John Elway after the season to convince the Broncos boss to let him try out receiver. As it turned out, Elway was going to make the same pitch to Langley. They were on the same page. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 a.m.

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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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