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SUPREME COURT-SPORTS BETTING
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks. By Jessica Gresko and Wayne Parry. SENT: 1,068 words, photos.
— SPORTS BETTING-Q&A — By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 700 words, photos.
—SUPREME COURT-SPORTS BETTING-LEGAL IMPACT — By Mark Sherman. SENT: 640 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Kevin Durant scored 37 and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by 9 in the first quarter, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 900 words, photos.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, lifting the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Kyle Connor scored midway through the third period to pull Winnipeg within a goal. Tomas Tatar scored 6:37 into the game for the Golden Knights.By Larry Lage. SENT: 730 words, photos.
TIM DAHLBERG-SPORTS BETTING
LAS VEGAS — Jimmy Vaccaro has seen just about everything in 40 years of taking money behind the counter at sports books in this gambling city. Until Monday. He had never seen a day like this. Sports betting is about ready to explode across the nation, thanks to the collective wisdom of the justices on the Supreme Court. Their ruling that states are now free to offer sports betting means it may soon be as easy to bet a $20 parlay in some states as it is to order pizza on the phone. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 833 words, photos.
HACKENSACK, N.J. — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that claimed New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning provided bogus “game-worn” equipment that was sold to unsuspecting collectors. Jury selection was to have begun this week in New Jersey. A spokesman for the defendants, who included Manning, the Giants and the team’s equipment managers, says a confidential settlement was reached on Monday with three collectors. Manning and the team had denied the allegations. By David Porter. SENT: 523 words, photos.
Hiring rookie coaches has worked out for a slew of NBA teams, and now Phoenix and Atlanta hope to follow suit. The moves to bring Igor Kokoskov to the Suns and Lloyd Pierce to the Hawks fly in the face of the thinking that experience matters most. But similar moves have paid off big-time for other clubs like Boston, Cleveland, Golden State, San Antonio and Miami. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos.
— BKN--SUNS-KOKOSKOV — By Bob Baum. SENT: 669 words, photos.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Jonathan Marchessault was left unprotected in the expansion draft by the Florida Panthers, who seemed to determine his breakout season was a fluke. They likely regret the head-scratching decision. The Vegas Golden Knights selected Marchessault and he averaged nearly a point a game in the regular season and was at his best in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. Marchessault scored twice in a 3-1 series-tying win. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
BOSTON — Sean Manaea beat the Boston Red Sox again in his first outing against them since pitching a no-hitter last month, and Khris Davis hit one of three solo homers by the Oakland Athletics in a 6-5 victory. Matt Joyce and Matt Olson also went deep for the A’s, who had lost five of six and handed Rick Porcello his first loss of the season. SENT: 694 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Andrew Heaney struck out 10 during a career-high eight innings of four-hit ball, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled virtually even with Houston atop the AL West with a 2-1 victory over the Astros. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— BBN--CUBS-ZOBRIST’S SPIKES — SENT: 344 words, photos.
SOC--WORLD CUP-UNUSED SPARES
PARIS — Because teams can only field 11 players at one time, there will be squad members at the World Cup who don’t get to play at all. Dealing with their frustrations, keeping them motivated and making sure they don’t sap team morale will be among the challenges for coaches in Russia. Players who went to the last World Cup in Brazil but didn’t play tell The Associated Press there are myriad ways for unused substitutes to still be useful for their teams and that those who sulk won’t be tolerated. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 960 words, photos.
— FIG--KNIERIMS-COACHES — SENT: 127 words.
— CYC--TOUR OF CALIFORNIA — SENT: 633 words, photos.
Tuesday’s Time Schedule
Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Washington, 8 p.m.
Colorado at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Oakland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Milwaukee at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.