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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 15, 2019

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TOP STORIES

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ Stephen Curry had all kinds of room for a change and capitalized, finding his shooting touch in a hurry to get Golden State on a roll. Portland’s defenders were too far back in the paint or a step behind all night. So far, the Warriors are showing they can keep winning until Kevin Durant gets healthy. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 970 words, photos.

BKN--DRAFT LOTTERY

CHICAGO _ Zion Williamson has never been to New Orleans. That may be changing very soon. The Pelicans bucked seriously long odds Tuesday night, winning the NBA draft lottery and the right to have the first chance at selecting the former Duke star next month — and potentially pairing him with Anthony Davis, in what would immediately become one of the league’s most intriguing frontcourt duos. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 940 words, photos.

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Tiger Woods, the Masters champion, going for the second leg of the Grand Slam on a long, wet course at Bethpage Black. It all sounds so familiar. For Woods, it feels entirely different. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 860 words, photos. With Brooks Koepka sidebar, notebook.

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

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins stood tall during an early deluge of shots and penalties, patiently waiting for their chance to take over the game. Then one big burst put them on the brink of another trip to the Stanley Cup Final. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 880 words, photos.

HKN--SABRES-KRUEGER

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Sabres are hoping Ralph Krueger can turn around the once-proud franchise in the midst of an eight-year playoff drought. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Sabres have hired Krueger as coach. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

HKN--LONG CUP RUNS

When Mike Rupp went on a Stanley Cup run with New Jersey in 2003, he forgot to pay his bills because nothing outside playoff hockey mattered. He’s not alone. For players who grow out long playoff beards and are involved in the madness of the NHL postseason, the grass doesn’t get cut, anything but family and hockey gets ignored because of the pursuit of the silver chalice. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-ONE MAJOR

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Dustin Johnson is among those in the wrong kind of company going into the second major of the year. Only 12 players since the world ranking began in 1986 won a major as a top 10 player, and never won another. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 930 words, photos. With notes, glance.

BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING

The three top heavyweights in the world will be in action in New York and Las Vegas within a four-week stretch. They just won’t be fighting each other, in part because of competing promoters and broadcasting interests. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 780 words, photos.

NOTABLE

BKN--RAPTORS-BUCKS PREVIEW

They were the best two teams in the Eastern Conference all season. Now, No. 1 Milwaukee and No. 2 Toronto square off for a trip to the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Wednesday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 890 words, photos.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES PREVIEW

ST. LOUIS _ The Blues evened their Western Conference final against San Jose behind a stingy defense that gave everyone but Logan Couture nowhere to go. St. Louis also got some unexpected scoring help and is back home for Game 3 on Wednesday night. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKN--CAVALIERS-BEILEIN

CHICAGO _ Whether it was the right time to leave Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein wasn’t sure. One thing he had no doubt about was this: It was the right move to make. Beilein decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball’s biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 4 a.m.

OLY--WADA PRESIDENT

MONTREAL _ Polish Sports Minister Witold Banka is the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He succeeds Craig Reedie to lead the drug-fighting body. Banka, 34, has largely avoided discussion of the Russian case that has consumed WADA the past four years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 3:05 p.m., 1st game

Pittsburgh at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

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

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m., 2nd game

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

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

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

Colorado at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

Texas at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

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

MLS

D.C. United at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Orlando City at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.

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