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May 8, 2019

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Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn’t get better, along come the NBA playoffs. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse tells PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg “it’s been a privilege” watching Leonard raise his game.

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TOP STORIES

BBO--REDS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ Mike Fiers of the Oakland Athletics pitched his second career no-hitter, getting help from two spectacular defensive plays to shut down the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. Fiers followed up his 2015 gem for Houston against the Dodgers with a 131-pitch masterpiece to become the 35th pitcher with multiple no-hitters in his career. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BKN--76ERS-RAPTORS

TORONTO_ The Toronto Raptors came up with a new load management plan for Kawhi Leonard. It was to make sure their star forward didn’t have to shoulder the entire offensive burden. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _Paul Millsap is showing the young’uns how it’s done. Millsap scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half Tuesday night, sparking Denver’s 124-98 blowout of the Portland Trail Blazers that put the Nuggets on the verge of their first trip to the Western Conference finals in a decade. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 950 words, photos.

HKN--STARS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _Pat Maroon always imagined becoming a hometown hero. The 31-year-old St. Louis native got to live out that fantasy Tuesday night. Maroon scored 5:50 into the second overtime, Jordan Binnington made 29 saves and the St. Louis Blues outlasted the Dallas Stars 2-1 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series. SENT: 770 words, photos.

RAC--PREAKNESS-COUNTRY HOUSE

Kentucky Derby winner Country House is skipping the Preakness, ending the chance of a third Triple Crown in five years. The decision is confirmed to the AP by the colt’s assistant trainer. Country House won the Derby as a 65-1 shot after Maximum Security was disqualified. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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_ RAC--MAXIMUM SECURITY-MONMOUTH PARK _ Disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security arrives at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. SENT: 170 words, photos.

FBN--NFL CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT

PHILADELPHIA _ The NFL concussion fund says it has paid out $485 million since its start in 2017, a claims administrator says. But some retired players’ lawyers say there aren’t enough doctors in the approved network to diagnose dementia cases. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 550 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-FIRST WIN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Max Homa was an amateur star who saw just about everyone else in his age group succeed. Mark O’Meara can appreciate how he was feeling, and how meaningful it is to finally win. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 930 words, photos.

With:

_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 1,000 words.

NBA

BKN--TIPOFF

OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant vs. James Harden. This duel may just go the distance, and the two stars know it. Everyone figured the Western Conference semifinal between Golden State and Houston had a chance to be more like the NBA Finals in terms of talent on each side, and now it’s tied at 2-all. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKN--NUGGETS-MALONE-SCHOOL SHOOTING _ Nuggets coach Michael Malone was shaken Tuesday by the school shooting that occurred in his neighborhood a few hours before his team’s playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers. By Pat Graham. SENT: 510 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--FACEOFF

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Captain Joe Pavelski was getting staples put into his bloody head when the San Jose Sharks staged an epic comeback in Game 7 of the opening round against Vegas. Now that the Sharks have been forced into another ultimate game after missing a chance to eliminate Colorado in an overtime loss on the road, they are hopeful of getting their leader back on the ice for the first time since then. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 930 words, photos.

Also:

_ HKN--OILERS-HOLLAND _ Edmonton hires longtime Red Wings executive Ken Holland as general manager. SENT: 630 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--GIANTS-ROCKIES

DENVER _Mac Williamson wasted no time in making an impact in his return to the big leagues. Williamson homered and drove in four runs after being promoted from Triple-A Sacramento, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 14-4. It was just the Giants’ third win in the team’s last 21 games at Coors Field. SENT: 870 words, photos.

Also:

_ BBA--ANGELS-TIGERS _ Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 4 with an RBI groundout and walked once in his season debut as the Angels beat the Tigers. By Larry Lage. SENT: 790 words, photos.

_ BBN--CUBS-OFFENSIVE GESTURE _ The Chicago Cubs say they are investigating a fan using what appeared to be an offensive hand gesture associated with racism behind a black television reporter who was on the air. SENT: 170 words.

_ BBN--CUBS-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE _ In the aftermath of Addison Russell’s suspension for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy, the Chicago Cubs decided to put their staff through enhanced training. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 720 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--MADRID OPEN

MADRID _ Roger Federer looked as comfortable as ever on his return to clay. The fourth-seeded Federer needed less than an hour to win his first match on clay since 2016 and reach the third round of the Madrid Open in the Spanish capital. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--LIVERPOOL-BARCELONA

LIVERPOOL, England _ Liverpool’s players had their hands on their heads, seemingly unable to comprehend their achievement. How to explain a remarkable 4-0 triumph over Lionel Messi’s Barcelona that sent Liverpool into a second straight Champions League final with a 4-3 aggregate win? By Steve Douglas. SENT: 990 words, photos.

Also:

_ SOC--CINCINNATI-KOCH FIRED _ MLS expansion club in Cincinnati fires coach Alan Koch after slow start. SENT: 160 words.

_ SOC--EUROPEAN COMPETITIONS _ European leagues say most clubs oppose changes in competitions. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OTHER

_ GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-DALY _ John Daly has been approved to use a cart next week in the PGA Championship because of arthritis in his right knee. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

_ BKC--MARQUETTE-WOJCIECHOWSKI _ Marquette announced a new five-year contract with coach Steve Wojciechowski through the 2023-24 season. SENT: 180 words.

_ CAR--NASCAR-HAMLIN _ Denny Hamlin weakened by nausea, double vision from carbon monoxide after Dover race. SENT: 170 words, photos.

_ OLY--TOKYO 2020-UNHAPPY SPORTS _ Olympic sports leaders criticize Tokyo Games organizers over cuts at venues. SENT: 400 words.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES

_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Boston at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

Colorado at San Jose, 9 p.m.

BASEBALL

Texas at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.

Arizona at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Washington at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at San Diego, 3:40 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.

L.A. Angels at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Cincinnati at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

MLS

Toronto FC at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

LA Galaxy at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at New York, 8 p.m.

New England at Chicago, 8 p.m.