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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 14, 2018

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WASHINGTON — The door for widespread legalized sports betting is flung open, with the Supreme Court striking down a law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The 6-3 decision comes in a case in which New Jersey sought to legalize sports gambling at its casinos and racetracks. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 950 words, photos.

— With:

— SUPREME COURT-SPORTS BETTING-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.


HOUSTON — The showdown to settle the West begins when James Harden and the top-seeded Rockets host Stephen Curry and Golden State in Game 1 of the conference finals. The Warriors, eyeing a fourth straight NBA Finals, open a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Jets return to their towel-twirling fans, looking for a 2-0 lead on the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final. The expansion club faces an obstacle in Dustin Byfuglien, who at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds brings an NFL body to the Winnipeg defense. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


Trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas have both won the Preakness six times, and have gone from rivals to friends along the way. They go at each other again Saturday in the second leg of the Triple Crown — Baffert with Kentucky Derby winner Justify, and Lukas with Sporting Chance and Bravazo. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson credited everyone around him for winning The Players Championship, in some respects his most important victory. Thank-you notes also are in order for the USGA and R&A, which took away his belly putter. Simpson now believes it made him even better. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.



LAS VEGAS — Jimmy Vaccaro has seen almost everything in nearly 40 years of taking bets in this gambling city. He never thought he’d see a day like this — when the Supreme Court green lights legal betting across the nation. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.



WASHINGTON — Five states have the edge in the race to legalize sports betting because they already have passed laws contingent on the Supreme Court striking down a federal ban: Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia. By Ben Nuckols. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, graphic by 5 p.m.


The Supreme Court ruling — opposed by all four major U.S. leagues and the NCAA — ripples across sports. Baseball says the decision will have “profound effects.” The NBA would prefer a federal framework instead of a state-by-state system. A top horse racing executive says his sport “must rise to the challenges.” By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— SPORTS BETTING-CHRISTIE — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gains long-sought victory. By Mike Catalini. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 6 p.m.



BOSTON — When the Celtics played Cleveland in last year’s conference finals, they were coming off a bruising series with Washington and grieving over the death of Isaiah Thomas’ sister. Now, Boston is rested and confident. It rolled in the opener but expects LeBron James to be better in Game 2 on Tuesday night. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BKN--ALLEN-WATCHING LEBRON — Ray Allen admires from afar the play of former teammate LeBron James. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.



WASHINGTON — Only two of 41 teams down 2-0 in the conference final have come back to win the series. The Tampa Bay Lightning face such a hole, and need to rediscover the identity that helped them breeze through season before it’s too late. Game 3 is at Washington on Tuesday night. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels can pull into a tie for first in the AL West when they face Lance McCullers Jr. (5-1) and the Houston Astros. Angels. Andrew Heaney pitches for Los Angeles, which is giving an early challenge to the World Series champs. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Saddled with the NL’s worst record but riding a six-game winning streak, the Reds trey to escape the league cellar when they open a series in San Francisco. Cincinnati can pass idle Miami by beating the Giants, who are a game below .500. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:15 p.m.


BOSTON — Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea faces the Red Sox about three weeks after no-hitting Boston in Oakland. Rick Porcello (5-0) can match Corey Kluber and Luis Severino for the AL wins lead a start after allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.



The NBA could be facing a future with less tanking. The draft lottery — the last under the league’s tanker-friendly format — is Tuesday night. Then 69 hopeful young players partake in the draft combine that starts Wednesday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


PHOENIX — This is no easy job for Igor Kokoskov, the new coach of the Phoenix Suns. The front office is counting on him to revive a team with the worst record in the NBA last season. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


ATLANTA — Lloyd Pierce has a rebuilding project waiting for him. The former 76ers assistant is the new coach of the Atlanta Hawks, succeeding Mike Budenholzer. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS — Zach Veach looks like the perfect fit for IndyCar’s new generation. He’s 23, has a full-time ride with a top team and stable sponsorship. But to stick around, he must master the art of building business relationships. More than a half dozen Indy drivers are under 25. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--INDYCAR-INDY 500-STARTER — “Avengers” actor Chris Hemsworth to wave green flag to start Indianapolis 500 on May 27. SENT: 100 words.

— Also:

— CAR--F1-CAUTIOUS MERCEDES — Mercedes gets commanding victory it sought at Spanish Grand Prix. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— CAR--LE MANS-NADAL — Rafael Nadal to be honorary starter at 24 Hours Le Mans next month. SENT: 100 words.



MANCHESTER, England — The Premier League standings show a worrying development: The chasm between the Big 6 — Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal — and the rest of England’s top division is bigger than ever. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--BEITAR JERUSALEM-TRUMP — Top Israeli club wants to add Trump to name. SENT: 120 words, photos.

— SOC--GERMANY-OZIL-GUNDOGAN — German soccer chief criticizes two national players for posing for photos with Turkish president. SENT: 150 words, photos.

— World Cup:

— SOC--WCUP-GUERRERO BANNED — Peru captain Paolo Guerrero banned from World Cup for doping. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP-MOMENTS-THE BEGINNINGS — World Cup comes a long way from its 1930 start in Uruguay. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP-GERMAN JOURNALIST — Germany appeals to Russia to allow entry of journalist for World Cup. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP-RUSSIA — Russia cuts World Cup squad player who faced doping case. SENT: 300 words, photos.



ROME — Roberta Vinci, who blocked Serena Williams’ Grand Slam bid with a semifinal victory at the 2015 U.S. Open, retires at 35. Having already said the Italian Open would be her last tournament, she loses to a qualifier in the first round. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— With:

— TEN--ITALIAN OPEN — Novak Djokovic, unable to reach quarters in six straight tournaments, wins easily in first round in Rome. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— TEN--FRENCH OPEN-TSONGA WITHDRAWS — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out of French Open with ailing knee. SENT: 100 words.



CHICAGO — It has been almost a year since Danielle Kang won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first LPGA Tour victory. She points to one major change since that breakthrough at Olympia Fields. “I can breathe,” she says. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.



Run at your own risk against Matt Beaird. Coastal Carolina’s senior catcher has thrown out 22 of 32 would-be base stealers. That’s nailing runners at a clip of 69 percent — in the majors the rate is 27 percent. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.


— HKO--WORLDS — Russia tops Slovakia 4-0 at hockey world championship in Denmark. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— CYC--TOUR OF CALIFORNIA — Second stage of Tour of California, with Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria in front. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— OLY--SAPPORO BID — Japan mulls Sapporo bid for 2030 Winter Games; vague about dropping 2026 bid. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— NEPAL-EVEREST — Australian scales Mount Everest, becoming fastest to climb highest peaks on all seven continents. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 350 words, photos.




Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT):

NBA Playoffs (Conference Finals)

Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m.

NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals)

Vegas at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.


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.

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