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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 14, 2019 GMT

The highlights of Tuesday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, http://newsroom.ap.org/coverageplan . You can also find a link to Coverage Plan on the left navigation of the Newsroom home page, http://newsroom.ap.org . For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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CHICAGO _ New York, Phoenix and Cleveland all have the best chance of winning NBA draft lottery _ otherwise known as the right to pick Zion Williamson next month. Each of the three teams has a 14 percent chance of winning under a new format designed to discourage tanking. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Lottery starts 8:30 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors open the Western Conference finals without injured Kevin Durant, facing a Portland Trail Blazers team driven by the outstanding backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ As if winning the Masters weren’t enough to boost the Tiger Woods hype, the PGA Championship returns to the Bethpage Black course where Woods won the second leg of the Grand Slam in 2002. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m. With Brooks Koepka sidebar, notebook.

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



RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Bruins are in Carolina for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals after easily winning the first two games in Boston. The Hurricanes are 5-0 at home during this postseason but need to do better on power plays and killing penalties. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


BALTIMORE _ 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, no one is sure. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 950 words, photos.



FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Dustin Johnson is among those in the wrong kind of company going into the second major of the year. Only 12 players since the world ranking began in 1986 won a major as a top 10 player, and never won another. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. With notes, glance.


No, they’re not fighting each other. But the three top heavyweights in the world _ all able to legitimately claim the title of champ _ will be in action in New York and Las Vegas within a four-week stretch beginning Saturday night with Deontay Wilder taking on Dominic Breazeale. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



MILWAUKEE _ They were the best two teams in the Eastern Conference all season. Now, No. 1 Milwaukee and No. 2 Toronto square off for a trip to the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Wednesday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


ST. LOUIS _ The Blues evened their Western Conference final against San Jose behind a stingy defense that gave everyone but Logan Couture nowhere to go. St. Louis also got some unexpected scoring help and is back home for Game 3 on Wednesday night. SENT: 750 words, photos.


When St. Louis Blues fans sing they let loose with the 1982 hit “Gloria.” The roots of this recent tradition go back to January at a dive bar in Philadelphia, where five Blues players were watching an NFL playoff game. After that? Well, things happened. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, photos.


ROME _ At 37 and with 20 Grand Slam titles, the passion is still there. “Honestly, I love to play matches,” says Roger Federer. And that’s why he added this week’s Italian Open to his schedule. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 400 words, photos. With Serena Williams sidebar.


MONTREAL _ Polish Sports Minister Witold Banka is the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He succeeds Craig Reedie to lead the drug-fighting body. Banka, 34, has largely avoided discussion of the Russian case that has consumed WADA the past four years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


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.