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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 14, 2019 GMT

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CHICAGO _ Zion Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 pingpong balls. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night when some team is awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft and presumably the chance to grab the mighty Duke star. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant will likely still be nursing a strained right calf Tuesday night when Golden State begins the next step in its chase for a third straight title: the Western Conference final against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With capsules for both conferences.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ Of all the teams that made the second round of the NHL playoffs, the Hurricanes are the worst at scoring on the power play. The Bruins, meanwhile, convert on a third of their chances _ a big reason why Boston is up 2-0 entering Game 3 on Tuesday night. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 760 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. _After the San Jose Sharks relied on a usual suspect to tie the game, the St. Louis Blues took back momentum with a tiebreaking goal from a most unlikely source. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 870 words, photos.



BALTIMORE _ Aptly nicknamed Old Hilltop, antiquated Pimlico Race Course has finally reached the point where its illustrious past might not be enough to assure a vibrant future. The 144th Preakness will be run Saturday at Pimlico, and will be back next year, too. After that, well, nobody can predict the fate of a track where Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat and many others pranced to the winner’s circle. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 970 words, photos by 4 a.m.


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are among those taking on the wet chill at Bethpage Black on the first day of practice for the PGA Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The most prolific month in motorsports arrived with two strong races with IndyCar and NASCAR both opening May with momentum-grabbing entertaining events that should carry the series through their Memorial Day showcases. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 900 words, photos.



CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Cavaliers hire Michigan’s John Beilein as coach. He does not have NBA experience but is regarded as one of the college game’s best minds. He inherits a team that went 19-63 following LeBron James’ departure. By Tom Withers. SENT: 850 words, photos. With Michigan sidebar.


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Lakers have officially named Frank Vogel as coach. The team announced the hiring Monday and will hold an introductory press conference May 20 at their facility. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 500 words, photos.


ASHBURN, Va. _Decades after Vince Papale made the Philadelphia Eagles on a tryout and inspired the movie “Invincible,” son Vinny has rookie camp tryouts with his dad’s old team, the Raiders and Redskins and is trying to make his own name. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m.


The Boston Red Sox are known for “Sweet Caroline,” the Chicago Blackhawks play “Chelsea Dagger” after goals, and the old Hartford Whalers used to play “Brass Bonanza.” The St. Louis Blues? They play “Gloria,” the 1982 hit for Laura Branigan, and if that seems odd, you’re right. The origins of this new tradition can be traced from the streets of Philadelphia on New Year’s Day to a private hole-in-the-wall bar in South Philly and now the Blues’ playoff run. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 a.m.


MILWAUKEE _ Losing season after losing season made the Bucks an afterthought in Wisconsin, where the Green Bay Packers rule. But now the Bucks are the hot ticket, with a glittery new arena and a young superstar that has them knocking on the door of the NBA Finals. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

Tuesday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Portland at Golden State, 9 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m.


Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

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

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.

L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 7:40 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Toronto at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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