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May 14, 2018

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TOP STORIES

HKN--CAPITALS-LIGHTNING

TAMPA, Fla. — The Washington Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final. The Caps head back to Washington for Game 3 after taking the first two games on the road. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 970 words, photos.

BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors are in the unfamiliar position of opening on the road as they prepare for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with the top-seeded Rockets in Houston on Monday night. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1040 words, photos.

BKN--CAVALIERS-JAMES

BOSTON — LeBron James says he has “zero” concern after the Cavaliers’ lopsided loss to the Celtics in Game 1. He credited the Celtics’ defensive strategy which included throwing multiple defenders at him. But he says he expects the Cavs to adjust and be ready for Game 2. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 650 words, photos.

GLF--PLAYERS-WOODS

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods fell a few feet short of providing some serious drama at The Players Championship. He spun a wedge shot off the front of the green at No. 14 and then missed an 8-foot par putt. He ended up with a disappointing bogey and limped home with a double at the famed 17th. Woods, however, left the course feeling better than ever about his comeback. By Mark Long. SENT: 720 words, photos.

BASKETBALL

BKN--CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON — Marcus Morris pestered LeBron James into a playoff-high seven turnovers as the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point first-quarter lead and held on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 950 words, photos.

HOCKEY

HKN--BUILDING THE JETS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets were not expected to have one of the NHL’s best teams this season. Vegas Golden Knights assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon saw the success coming after watching Winnipeg play 20 times last season. McCrimmon says the Jets have put on a clinic on drafting and developing. He also credits Jets owner Mark Chipman with being patient with the slow process of building a winner. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 810 words, photos.

HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-JETS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Dustin Byfuglien is a big problem for Vegas, and the expansion Golden Knights hope to figure out a way to keep the puck away from him. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 780 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson navigated his way through a few mistakes but not too much stress to win The Players Championship. Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern was finishing the hole. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 970 words, photos.

GLF--PLAYERS-THOMAS NO 1

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Justin Thomas has come a long way in 18 months. All the way to No. 1 in the world with his 68-66 weekend at The Players Championship. His goal now is to stay there as long as he can. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 520 words, photos.

GLF--PLAYERS NOTEBOOK

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Caddie Paul Tesori says winning The Players Championship with Webb Simpson “means about as much as anything could.” Tesori grew up down the road from Sawgrass and played the course more times than anyone in the field. Tesori’s grandfather was a starter at the nearby Ponte Vedra Inn & Club for 30 years. By Mark Long. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

With four teams playing at least .600 baseball — and two of them at .700 — the bar may be set pretty high for entry into the American League postseason this year. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBN--NATIONALS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — Mark Reynolds homered twice in his first game with Washington, lifting the Nationals over the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 to complete a four-game sweep. Reynolds had his contract selected from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Reynolds signed a minor league deal with Washington in April after hitting 30 homers with 97 RBIs in Colorado last season. By Bob Baum. SENT: 760 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--SAPPORO BID

TOKYO — Japanese officials are being vague about the city of Sapporo’s bid to land the Winter Olympic Games. Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto and Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda met Monday in Tokyo to quell rumors that Sapporo was dropping out of bidding for the 2026 edition. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 480 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--WCUP-SOUTH KOREA SQUAD

SEOUL, South Korea — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is set to lead South Korea’s challenge at the 2018 World Cup. By John Duerden. SENT: 340 words, photos.

CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT):

BASEBALL

Atlanta at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Houston at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

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

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

NBA PLAYOFFS

Conference Finals

Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m.

NHL PLAYOFFS

Conference Finals

Vegas at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

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