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May 5, 2019

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TOP STORIES

RAC--STUMBLING TO PREAKNESS

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.

With:

_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-WAGERING _ Costly DQ: Maximum Security bettors lost about $9 million. SENT: 260 words, photos.

_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-INTERFERENCE RULE _ Derby officials say Maximum Security broke interference rule. SENT: 240 words, photos.

HKW--WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WAITING GAME

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.

BBN--CARDINALS-CUBS

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Cubs go for their seventh straight victory when they close out a weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals. After a 2-7 start that had some fans wondering what was wrong with the Cubbies, a win over St. Louis would put them in the NL Central lead. Adam Wainwright pitches for St. Louis and Jose Quintana gets the ball for Chicago. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

HKN--BETTMAN’S PARITY

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.

NHL PLAYOFFS

HKN--BLUES-STARS

DALLAS _ For the second time this postseason, the Dallas Stars have a chance to close out a series at home. They play the Blues in Game 6 after winning in St. Louis in the last game. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.

HKN--FACEOFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ After Boston beat Columbus to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella vowed that his team would win Monday at home and be back in Boston for Game 7. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are one win away from advancing in their series with Colorado. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NBA PLAYOFFS

BKN--NUGGETS-BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ After a grueling quadruple-overtime victory less than 48 hours earlier, the Portland Trail Blazers face the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Trail Blazers lead the series 2-1. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--RAPTORS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA _ Toronto plays at Philadelphia, with the Raptors down 2-1 in their second-round series and Pascal Siakam doubtful for Game 4. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.

BKN--TIPOFF

For Milwaukee and Golden State, the scenario is simple: Win a road game Monday, and go home up 3-1 in their respective series. For Boston and Houston, it’s equally simple: Defend home-court Monday, or else stare into the abyss. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--WELLS FARGO

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jason Dufner, Joel Dahmen and Max Home share the lead at the Wells Fargo Championship, with Rory McIlroy two shots back in his bid to win at Quail Hollow for the third time. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

Also:

_ GLF--LPGA TOUR _ Sei Young Kim takes three-stroke lead into final round of LPGA event in Daly City, California. UPCOMING: 450 words by 10 p.m.

_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ Scott McCarron has three-stroke lead entering final round of seniors play in The Woodlands, Texas. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.

_ GLF--CHINA OPEN _ Mikko Korhonen of Finland beats Benjamin Hebert of France in playoff to win China Open. SENT: 180 words.

BASEBALL

BBA--TWINS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Michael Pineda starts against his former team as the Minnesota Twins they try to win a series at Yankee Stadium. The right-hander was 31-31 with a 4.14 ERA in 89 starts from 2014-17 with the New York Yankees. He missed all of 2018 after Tommy John surgery. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:05 p.m.

BBN--METS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ After the Milwaukee Brewers outlasted the New York Mets 4-3 in 18 innings in the longest game in Miller Park history, fresh arms and legs might be in short supply for the series finale. Jason Vargas starts for the Mets, who are looking to avoid being swept by the Brewers, who counter with Zach Davies. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 2:10 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DOVER

DOVER, Del. _ Heavy rain threatens the NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover. Chase Elliott followed up last week’s win by taking the pole for Sunday’s race. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race scheduled to start at 2 p.m. is delayed by rain.

TENNIS

TEN--MADRID OPEN-NADAL

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.

Also:

_ TEN--MUNICH OPEN _ Cristian Garin beats Matteo Berrettini to win Munich Open final. SENT: 180 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

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.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

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.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES

_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Sunday Time Schedule

NBA Playoffs

Toronto at Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m.

Denver at Portland, 7 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

St. Louis at Dallas, 3 p.m.

Baseball

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m., ppd, rain

Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Seattle at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Oakland at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 2:05 p.m.

Boston at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Toronto at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Houston vs. L.A. Angels at Monterrey, Mexico, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

MLS

Atlanta at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m.