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May 16, 2018

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Oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro says those wanting to get into the sports betting business need to understand this — bookies don’t always win. Vaccaro speaks with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke about the Supreme Court decision on the AP’s “Podcast One Sports Now”. Also up for discussion: AP sports writers Janie McCauley and Tom Withers on the NBA playoffs and AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on the NHL playoffs.

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TOP STORIES

US--GYM-DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. By David Eggert and Ed White. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated.

BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — James Harden and the top-seeded Houston Rockets take on Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Durant scored 37 points in Golden State’s 119-106 victory in the series opener Monday night. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— With:

— BKN--ROCKETS-GREEN’S JOURNEY. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

RAC--PREAKNESS-DRAW

BALTIMORE — Post positions are drawn for the Preakness as Kentucky Derby winner Justify faces a smaller field but still plenty of challenges with an opportunity to keep alive the possibility of a second Triple Crown winner in four years. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 5 p.m. draw.

— With:

— RAC--PREAKNESS-JUSTIFY ARRIVES. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos, graphic by 5 p.m.

HKN--JETS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS — Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets visit Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Jets and expansion Golden Knights split the first two games in Winnipeg, with Jonathan Marchessault scoring twice in Vegas’ 3-1 victory Monday night. By W.G. Ramirez. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— Also:

— WASHINGTON — HKN--LIGHTNING-CAPITALS. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SOC--WCUP-ARGENTINA-SCANDAL

Argentina’s Football Federation is trying to contain a scandal after it handed out a manual that includes advice on how to seduce Russian women during the World Cup. The AFA says the material was included by mistake. The manual was handed during a free course about the Russian language and culture organized by the local federation for journalists, players and coaches. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

NFL

FBN--PANTHERS-SALE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers announced they have signed a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management. The deal is subject to NFL approval. By Steve Reed. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--LIONS-WILLSON

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Luke Willson grew up in Canada, right across the river from Detroit. Now he’s back, hoping to help the Lions at tight end. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

Also:

— LAKE FOREST, Ill. — FBN--BEARS DEFENSE. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— BUFFALO — FBN--BILLS-THOMAS CEREMONY. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS BETTING

SPORTS BETTING-BOOKIE’S EDGE

LAS VEGAS — It was supposed to be the biggest Super Bowl score ever for this city’s legal bookmakers. Some $158 million was bet on this year’s game, and the money was evenly split between Philadelphia and New England. But bookies barely cleared $1 million in profits on the game, proof that sports betting is not a high margin business. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — SPORTS BETTING-TRIBES. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--REELING DODGERS

MIAMI — One-quarter of the way into the season, the defending NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers are off to their worst start in 60 years. Lately they’re even losing to bad teams. By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photo.

BBO--YANKEES-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — The Yankees and Nationals try to resume a game suspended because of rain in the sixth inning, and then play a second game with two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer pitching for Washington against New York’s CC Sabathia. But the forecast calls for more rain. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. First game scheduled to resume at 5:05 p.m.

BBN--REDS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Harvey makes his second start for Cincinnati when the Reds wrap up a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:45 p.m.

— Also:

— NEW YORK — BBN--METS-CESPEDES. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 350 words, photo.

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES.

NBA

BKN--CAVALIERS-BACKCOURT BLUES

CLEVELAND —After his starting guards were outscored 41-3 by Boston’s in Game 2 , Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has to consider another lineup change or maybe asking LeBron James to do more— if that’s even possible. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--CELTICS-SMART’S IMPACT

BOSTON — If there’s a tough to play to be made, Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart is the guy that’s going to make it. Since returning from thumb surgery in the first round, Smart has been Boston’s unflappable glue guy. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--BYRON NELSON

DALLAS — Jordan Spieth headlines a relatively weak field as his hometown AT&T Byron Nelson tournament shifts from its longtime home in the suburbs to a new links-style course south of downtown Dallas. The three-time major winner believes Trinity Forest will grow on his peers. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--INDYCAR-INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS — Dennis Reinbold wants to be a team owner again in the IndyCar Series. The first step toward that goal is a successful Indianapolis 500, where the two-car team will make its season debut. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Despite the U.S. national team’s absence, Major League Soccer will have plenty of representatives this summer at the World Cup. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Also:

— CHICAGO — SOC--TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS. SENT: 200 words.

— SOC--WCUP-ENGLAND SQUAD. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— LYON, France — SOC--UEFA-CLUB WORLD CUP. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 300 words.

— HUDDERSFIELD, England — SOC--OBIT-WILSON. SENT: 250 words, photo.

OTHER

— FIG--LIMITING QUADS. International Skating Union to discuss limiting the number of quadruple jumps in a free skate routine. SENT: 400 words.

— OSIMO, Italy — CYC--GIRO D’ITALIA. Overall leader Simon Yates wins 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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Wednesday’s Time Schedule

NBA Playoffs

Conference Finals

Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

Conference Finals

Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

Major League Baseball

Philadelphia at Baltimore, 12:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.

Cleveland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

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

Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 3:40 p.m.

Milwaukee at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

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

N.Y. Yankees at Washington, comp. of susp game, 5:05 p.m.

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

Oakland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Houston at L.A. Angels, 9:40 p.m.

MLS

San Jose at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.

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