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MOSCOW — The World Cup will leave a divisive legacy for Russian environmentalists. While Russia says its stadiums meet the highest standards, some have been built in ecologically sensitive areas. That includes a wetland area which one activist says was “a little corner of heaven” until the 35,000-seat Kaliningrad Stadium was built there. By Iuliia Subbotovska and James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 730 words
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Gamblers in New Jersey will be able to start betting on sports by Thursday under legislation the governor signed Monday legalizing a pastime that has long lived in the shadows of organized crime and shady offshore operators. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 620 words.
BODE MILLER-DAUGHTER DROWNS
LOS ANGELES — The 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller drowned in a Southern California swimming pool, authorities said Monday. Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after the drowning incident. SENT: 370 words.
Some winners and losers have already emerged among the wild and wacky team jerseys at the World Cup. Nigeria’s festive bright green shirt in a chevron design has captured the hearts and wallets of soccer fans ahead of play in Russia. The jerseys by Nike sold out within minutes at the company’s flagship store in London, along with other spots. Japan’s uniforms honor the ancient art of sashiko stitching as one of several countries with eye-catching kits. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,000 words.
MOSCOW — In an election where money could be key, Morocco tries to raise doubts about North American promises of multibillion-dollar profits at the 2026 World Cup. Leaders of the rival campaigns meet with five of FIFA’s six continental groups two days before the vote to decide the tournament’s host. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-MOMENTS-BECKENBAUER — Franz Beckenbauer in 1990 becomes first to win World Cup as captain and coach. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 400 words, photos.
AP Sports Extra: World Cup: A paginated preview of the World Cup is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The tournament in Russia starts June 14. The pages look at the top storylines, including Germany’s bid to repeat as champion and key players to watch. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson is running out of time. Mickelson doesn’t need to be reminded that this is his 27th appearance in the U.S. Open, more than any of the 156 players at Shinnecock Hills. He wouldn’t want to be reminded that 65 players — including the last four major champions — were not even born when Mickelson was low amateur in his first U.S. Open in 1990 at Medinah. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
US OPEN-HOCKEY REF
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Garrett Rank is trading skates for spikes on a stage far larger than anything he has experienced. No one plays Shinnecock Hills on ice. By Terrin Waack. SENT: 720 words.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 a.m.
MILWAUKEE — Anthony Rizzo turned on the power with a long homer down the right-field line in the 11th inning. Jason Heyward delivered a tying single in the eighth against one of the toughest relievers in baseball. The Chicago Cubs dented the Milwaukee Brewers’ normally lights-out bullpen to return to first place in the NL Central. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — The Stanley Cup-champion Capitals will celebrate the city’s first major four pro sports championship with a parade down Constitution Avenue this morning. It’s the first sports parade in Washington since the NFL’s Redskins in 1992. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words.
Defending national champion Florida, Texas, Texas Tech and Arkansas won their winner-take-all games in the NCAA Tournament best-of-three super regionals on Monday and are headed to the College World Series. The No. 1 national seed Gators beat Auburn 3-2 in 11 innings in Gainesville, Florida, when Austin Langworthy’s deep drive to right field glanced off Steven Williams’ glove and went over the fence for a walk-off home run. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1030 words, photos.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Penny Hardaway knows exactly what Memphis fans demand from the Tigers in men’s basketball, and the first-time college coach says he feels born to coach this team right now. The charismatic former NBA star with his own shoe already has revived interest in his alma mater. In less than three months, he’s already brought in a Top 20 recruiting class and hired a coaching staff filled with NBA experience. His hiring is paying dividends for a program that not only was struggling but had grown dull. SENT: 900 words, photos.
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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
San Diego at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Las Vegas at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m.
Atlanta at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.