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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 6, 2019

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For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean any playing field. Players in Latin America face clear economic and cultural challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle is entirely different from that faced by the U.S. women’s national team and its fight for equitable pay. With the Women’s World Cup in France less than a month away, Latin American women are increasingly calling attention to the game’s gender disparities _ and they’re starting to see some results. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The next stop in the chase for Triple Crown is Pimlico for the running of the Preakness. The co-owner of Maximum Security is uncertain if he’ll enter the colt after his disqualification in the Kentucky Derby. Gary West says any appeal could be a lengthy process, and the stewards’ decision to DQ Maximum Security has removed him from Triple Crown contention. While Country House will try to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive, the historic Derby decision will be one of the main story lines for the beleaguered sport. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 840 words, photos.


_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-WAGERING. SENT: 260 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Joe Greiner always knew there was something special about his childhood friend Max Homa. He knew it from the first time he caddied for Homa in 2013. Even after Homa fell on hard times and lost his PGA Tour card not once, but twice, and it became no longer “financially responsible” for Greiner to carry his bags, the caddie would he told anyone in the golf world who’d listen that his buddy had the resiliency to win on the PGA Tour. Homa did that Sunday, winning the Wells Fargo Championship. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3 a.m.


_ GLF--WELLS FARGO. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 820 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions. Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision. SENT: 200 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Tina Charles can add filmmaker to her incredible resume. The WNBA star produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his record store and label _ known as Charlie’s Calypso City and Charlie’s Records _ and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. Charles acknowledged she was nervous and excited before the film premiered Friday night. The documentary was so well-received that the film festival added a second showing on Saturday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.



PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Denver Nuggets have been good at bouncing back all season. Not even a draining four-overtime defeat could keep this team down. Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second straight triple-double and fourth of the playoffs, and the Nuggets evened their Western Conference semifinal series against the Portland Trail Blazers at 2-2 with a 116-112 victory Sunday. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 750 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA _ Kawhi Leonard got some help from his teammates to stay close and then finished it off himself. Leonard scored 39 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 left, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-96 on Sunday to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 800 words, photos.


The scenario is very simple right now for Milwaukee and Golden State: Win a road game on Monday, go home toting a 3-1 series lead and be one win away from a spot in the NBA’s version of the Final Four. The scenario is equally simple for Boston and Houston: Win a home game on Monday, or else. The Celtics and the Rockets will play host to Game 4s Monday, knowing a win will earn them a berth in a best-of-three showdown and knowing that a loss places them on the abyss that overlooks elimination. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 980 words, photos.



DALLAS _ Colton Parayko was shooting to score for the St. Louis Blues, and delivered a stunning blow to the Dallas Stars even without getting the puck in the net. Parayko’s hard shot from the slot hit Ben Bishop’s left shoulder, knocking the goalie onto his back and deflecting the puck to deep in the circle. Alexander Steen took a shot from there that was redirected by Jaden Schwartz over the still laid-out goalie in a 4-1 victory to force Game 7 in the second-round Western Conference semifinal series. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 880 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins. But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it’s not going to occur on home ice in Game 6. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 720 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ There’s nothing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman likes to trumpet more than his league’s parity, what he repeatedly calls “competitive balance.” It was the goal of the implementation of the salary cap back in 2005 to even the ice between big- and small-market franchises, and the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs is the culmination of that. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.



DOVER, Del. _ The NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway was postponed by rain and will be run Monday. Dover hasn’t held a Monday race 2007. Rain fell on the mile concrete track all day and the only action came from a Charlie Daniels Band concert. NASCAR tried to start the race but pulled the cars from the track after a handful of pace laps once the rain came again. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 610 words, photos. Race scheduled to start at noon EDT.



DALY CITY, Calif. _ Sei Young Kim shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday at cold and windy Lake Merced to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. Playing through a back injury that has forced her to alter her swing, Kim rebounded from an opening bogey with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 fifth. The 26-year-old South Korean added birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 15th and 18th to take a 10-under 206 total into the final round. SENT: 535 words.


THE WOODLANDS, Texas _ Scott McCarron won the Insperity Invitational on Sunday for his 10th PGA Tour Champions victory and second in three weeks. The 53-year-old McCarron held off Scott Parel by two strokes, closing with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under 199 and match Fred Couples (2010) for the best score since the event moved to The Woodlands Country Club in 2008. SENT: 680 words.

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_ GLF--CHINA OPEN. SENT: 180 words.



More than 200 of the world’s top female players are choosing not to play professional hockey in North America at all this year in an attempt to establish an economically viable professional league. That means many players are now figuring out what to do with their time. Sitting out means not practicing or playing games. How to stay in shape is something still to be figured out. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 880 words, photos.



A look at what’s happening around the majors Monday, including: Nationals’ Max Scherzer is on a rare skid, it’s CC Sabathia vs. Felix Hernandez in New York, Red Sox sluggers get rolling and the Padres try building on Hunter Renfroe’s slam. UPCOMING: 330 words, photos by 3 a.m.


As expected, the NL East has been a grind so far. The Phillies, Braves, Mets and Nationals are within five games of each other, with Philadelphia in first place at 19-14. Those four teams came into the season with high expectations, and given all the games they play against each other, it figured to be difficult for anyone to pull away. So far, that’s been the case. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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MADRID _ Rafael Nadal hadn’t started the clay-court season with these many setbacks in four years. Not since 2015 had Nadal arrived at the Madrid Open without having won a title either in Monte Carlo or in Barcelona. He says there is no reason for concern and his confidence is back going into the French Open. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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_ TEN--MUNICH OPEN. SENT: 180 words, photos.



LONDON _ Manchester United will have to settle for Europa League football next season after a dismal finish to the Premier League season reached a new low with a 1-1 draw at last-place Huddersfield. Chelsea looks likely to return to Europe’s elite, though, after a 3-0 home win over Watford lifted it into third place. There is one round left after this weekend. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 900 words, photos.


BARCELONA, Spain _ Real Madrid’s players and fans took a moment before a 3-2 Spanish league win over Villarreal to send messages of support to former star goalkeeper Iker Casillas as he recovers from a heart attack. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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_ SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 350 words, photos.

_ SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 430 words, photos.

_ SOC--GREEK ROUNDUP. SENT: 120 words.



SAN FRANCISCO _ Tom Slingsby skippered Australia to victory over Japan in the match-race final of the U.S. debut of the fledgling SailGP global league. The Australians have won the first two regattas in the new series, which is sailed in 50-foot foiling catamarans that are capable of sailing nearly 50 knots (57.5 mph). SENT: 385 words.



OXFORD, England _ Eliud Kipchoge is planning a second attempt at breaking the two-hour marathon barrier. The fastest marathon runner of all time announced plans for the record attempt during a visit to the track in Oxford where Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile 65 years ago on Monday. Kipchoge made a sub-two hour marathon attempt at the Monza motor racing circuit in Italy in May 2017, falling 26 seconds short across 26.2 miles. By Rob Harris. SENT: 565 words, photos.


Monday Time Schedule


Milwaukee at Boston, 7 p.m.

Golden State at Houston, 9:30 p.m.


Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Colorado, 10 p.m.


Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m.

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

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

Kansas City at Houston, 8:10 p.m.