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BC-AP Sports Digest

June 5, 2018

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MOSCOW — The World Cup will kick of next week in Vladimir Putin’s Russia despite the host nation being under international sanctions. Issues like the annexation of Crimea, Olympic doping and the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal are all clouds hanging over the tournament. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 12 p.m.



WASHINGTON — A White House celebration of the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles has been called off by President Donald Trump, who says fans deserve better than the smaller delegation the team was sending to the event planned for Tuesday. Trump is citing the dispute over whether NFL players protesting racial injustice must stand during the playing of the national anthem. By Jill Colvin and Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1200 words, photos. Events scheduled for 3 p.m.


DOVER, Del. — Full-scale sports betting is coming to Delaware, barely three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to implement wagering schemes. Gov. John Carney planned to join other state officials Tuesday afternoon at Dover Downs for the launch of sports betting at Delaware’s three casinos. By Randall Chase and Ben Nuckols. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.


WASHINGTON — Capitals stars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov are inspiring young Russian players like top prospect Andrei Svechnikov and fans back home. Svechnikov got to meet Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov before Game 4 of a Stanley Cup Final that’s showcasing this generation of Russian talent. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 530 words, photos by 3 a.m.


SECAUCUS, N.J. — All that Auburn pitcher Casey Mize needs to do now is change his Tigers stripes. And of course, pitch well enough to lead Detroit out of the doldrums in the American League. The rebuilding Tigers selected Mize with the top pick in a Major League Baseball draft that included an eye-opening surprise when Oakland picked Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 9 overall. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 a.m.



WASHINGTON — James Neal had the puck on his stick and was staring at an open net. In a can’t-miss situation, that’s exactly what he did. Neal hit the post with his shot, and Vegas ended up losing 6-2 to Washington to fall behind 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. Game 5 is Thursday night in Las Vegas. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 770 words, photos.



Kyler Murray says he is committed to playing football for Oklahoma this season even after becoming a top-10 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Murray, the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as the Sooners’ starting quarterback, was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 810 words, photos.


SEACAUCUS, N.J. — The Detroit Tigers have selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. The announcement at MLB Network studios marks the second time the Tigers have led off the draft, and first since they took Rice pitcher Matt Anderson in 1997. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1100 words, photos.


SEACAUCUS, N.J. — Luke Terry has been inspiring friends and family his entire young life. The 16-year-old high school catcher from Tennessee can now add a few dozen former and future major league ballplayers to the list. Terry had his right arm amputated when he was only 19 months old after he contracted E. coli. The lifelong Braves fan got the opportunity to announce Atlanta’s first-round draft pick: Florida high school pitcher Carter Stewart. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 610 words, photos.


A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dwight Clark, the former 49ers wide receiver whose reception known as “The Catch” sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl, has died. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 1220 words, photos.



COLUMBUS, Ohio — Adam Scott goes through U.S. Open qualifying for the first time in his career and makes it with one stroke to spare. Scott two-putted from about 30 feet for par on his final hole at The Lakes Golf and Country Club for an even-par 72 to be among 14 players who made it through the 36-hole qualifier. It was one of 11 qualifiers in the U.S. and England. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1120 words, photos.



WEST ORANGE, N.J. — Figure skating coach Rosie Tovi believes an emphasis on “happy and healthy” should take precedence over turning the sport into gymnastics in a rink. The longtime coach and choreographer calls it a holistic approach and she will use it at her upcoming skating camp. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.



LAS VEGAS — Right before her senior season at UCLA, Jordin Canada was looking for some advice on how to be a better point guard. Who better to turn then Sue Bird. The two got in touch and had a long phone conversation where Bird imparted some of her wisdom to Canada. Fast forward eight months and Bird is still offering advice to Canada, now as a teammate with the Storm after Seattle drafted her with the fifth pick in April. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 a.m.



A Tennessee Tech team known best for its high-powered offense relied on its pitching to win two games over No. 4 national seed Mississippi and make the super regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time. Duke also is in supers for the first time after beating No. 8 national seed Georgia twice. Mississippi State and South Carolina also won regionals. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1060 words, photos.



OKLAHOMA CITY — Anna Shelnutt hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to help Florida State defeat Washington 1-0 in Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series championship series. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.



MOSCOW — It’s not too late to plan a trip to the World Cup. Tickets are still on sale for games but getting around this vast country may prove more challenging. Tickets are registered to individuals so buying from scalpers is likely to be a costly mistake. A ticket isn’t enough to get you into the stadium. You also need a Fan ID from the Russian government. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 680 words, photos.


RIO DE JANEIRO — There’s no chance Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil’s humiliating semifinal loss at the last World Cup. Supporters of the Selecao still ensure it echoes in their ears: 7-1. The 2018 squad is determined to make amends. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 730 words, photos.




Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 4:10 p.m., 1st game

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

Tampa Bay at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

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

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

Detroit at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

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

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m., 2nd game

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.

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

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


Phoenix at New York, 11 a.m.

Connecticut at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

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