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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 16, 2019

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TOP STORIES

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Jordan Spieth needs to win the PGA Championship for the career Grand Slam. Tiger Woods needs to win the next three majors for the calendar slam. Based on the way the year has gone so far, it’s hard to say which is the better bet. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 970 words, photos. With notebook and sidebars on Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari. First groups tee off at 6:45 a.m. EDT.

AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship: A paginated preview of the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” or “SE” under the Graphics tab. The page focuses on Tiger Woods, who is playing for the first time since his comeback victory at the Masters. The bulk of the content is new but versions of the Facts & Figures and Player Capsules sections have been sent on the wire. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org

BKN--RAPTORS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _Down for most of the game, clearly rusty at times after nearly a full week off, the Milwaukee Bucks looked very much like a team in trouble. Until the fourth quarter. The team with the NBA’s best record this season found its stride at the perfect time. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _Timo Meier handed a big win to Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks. Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Meier, and the Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS PREVIEW

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors displayed that familiar swagger, celebrated in front of the home crowd as they so love to do and got contributions on both ends of the floor from up and down the roster. They were playing with the kind of joy coach Steve Kerr talks about when things just click. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 830 words, photos.

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is stopping just about any puck playoff opponents can shoot his way — even the ones he doesn’t see. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 840 words, photos.

BKN--COMBINE-THE HOPEFULS

CHICAGO _ Tacko Fall is the biggest player in Chicago this week: 7-foot-6, yet even with that long frame he’s still a long shot to get drafted by an NBA club. The G League Elite Camp might have boosted his chances, and the shot that a few others have of getting into the league next season. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 830 words, photos.

NOTABLE

FBN--JETS-MACCAGNAN FIRED

NEW YORK _ Mike Maccagnan helped lead the Jets’ coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team’s draft. Now, stunningly, he’s out as New York’s general manager. Coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting general manager in Maccagnan’s place while the Jets search for a replacement. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BROWNS-HUNT

BEREA, Ohio _ Once he found the courage, Kareem Hunt watched the infamous video of him shoving a woman and then kicking her while she was on the ground. Like millions of others, he was disturbed. Hunt swears he’s since changed. By Tom Withers. SENT: 770 words, photos. With Odell Beckham Jr. sidebar.

RAC--PREAKNESS-HORSES TO WATCH

BALTIMORE _ Improbable is the early favorite to win the Preakness two weeks after he was favored to win the Kentucky Derby. Most race fans know how that turned out. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos. With AP Graphic. With Preakness Draw sidebar.

BKN--PELICANS-NEW LEVERAGE

NEW ORLEANS _ In the NBA city most familiar with “gris-gris,” folks see no small measure of poetic justice in the fact that their team will dictate the fate of a coveted prospect named Zion. By Brett Martel. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-CHARLOTTE-JOHNSON’S IMPATIENCE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jimmie Johnson views himself as a patient person. But mired in a brutal winless streak, the seven-time NASCAR champion is putting all options on the table when his contract is up next year. By Steve Reed. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-INDY 500-HARDING

INDIANAPOLIS _ Mike Harding grew up an avid Indianapolis 500 fan and smartly used the iconic event to grow his private business. But he wanted to be more involved, so Harding went all-in and started his own team. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT. 530 words, photos.

BBO--BELTRE-AFTER BASEBALL

DALLAS _ Adrian Beltre thought he would miss baseball more when he retired. The former Texas Rangers third baseman, who had 3,166 hits in 21 big league seasons, is doing just fine as a family man. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT. 580 words, photos.

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Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Portland at Golden State, 9 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Oakland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Texas at Kansas City, 1:15 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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

MLS

FC Dallas at Los Angeles FC, 10 p.m.

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