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BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
May 1, 2018 Updated: May 1, 2018 at 1:22 am

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BOSTON — Boston's rising stars stalled The Process and led the Celtics to victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Substitute point guard Terry Rozier scored 29, and first-year Celtics forward Jayson Tatum had a career-high 28 points to outplay redshirt rookie Ben Simmons on Monday night and lead Boston to a 117-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 875 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — William Karlsson scored 8:17 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a blown lead late in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead. After Tomas Hertl tied the game with 1:57 left in regulation, the expansion Golden Knights rebounded and won in overtime despite failing to convert on two early power-play chances. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 750 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Women's sports leagues are banding together for the first time with a new initiative — SheIS. Eight leagues, including the WNBA, US Tennis Association, Women's ProFastpitch League and Canadian Women's Hockey, will help each other increase resources, viewership and attendance. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 725 words, photo by 3 a.m.


PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Dodgers' difficult April got a lot worse Monday with news that two-time All-Star shortstop and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the operation will be performed Friday in Los Angeles to repair a right ulnar collateral ligament sprain. By Bob Baum. SENT: 530 words, photos.



ATHENS, Ga. — Billy Payne might have his detractors, but his influence on American sports is undeniable after bringing the Olympics to Atlanta and female members to Augusta National. By Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.



The last time Golden State got Stephen Curry back from a knee injury in the playoffs, he immediately returned to brilliance. Curry is expected back for Game 2 against the Pelicans on Tuesday night, with the Warriors having won the opener. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.


TORONTO —This is what the Raptors wanted — rested and playing at home in second round Tuesday night, with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers waiting. James has sent Toronto home in two straight postseasons and is playing some of his best basketball. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKN--HEAT-RILEY. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.



The Capitals and Penguins are tied in a series taking a harder edge. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin might be back for Game 3. In Tuesday night's other second-round game, Nashville and host Winnipeg are even entering Game 3. By Will Graves. SENT: 750 words, photos.


TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have been just as resilient in the Stanley Cup playoffs as they've been all season. Challenged by coach Jon Cooper to compete harder and raise their level of play after dropping the opener of their second-round series against the Boston Bruins, the top seed in the Eastern Conference responded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-seven matchup Monday night. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--HURRICANES-FRANCIS. SENT: 340 words, photo.

— HKN--CAPITALS-WILSON. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-LAMORIELLO. SENT: 300 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — Hoping for clearance to begin a throwing program, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is headed to Arizona to meet with the same doctor who performed surgery on his left pinkie. Bumgarner was scheduled to leave the Bay Area on Monday night for a checkup with Dr. Donald Sheridan, who inserted three pins into Bumgarner's pitching hand one day after the 2014 World Series MVP was hit by a line drive late in spring training. SENT: 250 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Charlie Morton and the Houston Astros ended the New York Yankees' winning streak Monday night — and they think they sent a little message in the process. Morton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and struck out 10 as the defending World Series champions snapped New York's nine-game run with a 2-1 victory. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBO--LEADING OFF. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 a.m.

— BBN--PIRATES-KINGHAM. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 325 words, photo.


— BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-RAY. By Bob Baum. SENT: 275 words, photo.

— BBA--STRUGGLING ORIOLES. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 700 words, photos.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chad Brown believes this is his best chance to win the Kentucky Derby. The trainer is saddling Good Magic, the Breeders' Cup 2-year-old champion who won the Blue Grass Stakes. Brown has come up short in his four previous Derby trip. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— RAC--KENTUCKY OAKS-DRAW. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 300 words.

— RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-CAMERA. SENT: 145 words, photos.



ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys want a do-over on hosting a Super Bowl. While there's no indication the big game is coming back after a botched first try seven years ago, last weekend's draft at least showed the NFL that one of its big events can go off without a hitch in North Texas. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 685 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--REDSKINS-WILLIAMS. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 520 words, photos.

— FBN--MILLEN-HEART DISEASE. SENT: 300 words, photo.

— FBN--VIKINGS-NEWMAN. SENT: 240 words, photos.

— FBN--BROWNS-RANDALL. By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words.

— FBN--49ERS-FOSTER. By Chris Biderman. SENT: 350 words, photo.




CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danica Patrick's farewell tour begins its final phase Tuesday. She gets back in an Indy car for the first time since 2011, beginning preparations for her last Indianapolis 500 and the start of a month of nonstop attention on most celebrated female driver. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 750 words, photos.



The whistleblower who exposed Russian cheating at the 2014 Olympics files a motion to dismiss a libel lawsuit against him. His lawyers contend the lawsuit is a ploy led by the Russian owner of the Brooklyn Nets to reveal his whereabouts. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 560 words, photos.


Russia's doping suspension from international track and field could be extended, with top athletes accused of working with a banned coach. Russia was suspended from international competition in 2015 for widespread doping and had been nearing reinstatement. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.



MADRID — James Rodriguez guarantees revenge isn't on his mind when Bayern Munich faces his former club Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday. Rodriguez helped Madrid win two Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups and a Spanish league before he left on loan last year because of declining playing time under coach Zinedine Zidane. Rodriguez says his prime focus on Tuesday is to help Bayern overcome the 2-1 first-leg loss and advance to the final. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 380 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Ore. — When a comic book company transformed some Portland soccer stars into superheroes, Tobin Heath's character got to conjure energized skateboards and surfboards. The national team veteran is back with the NWSL's Portland Thorns after dealing with all-too-human injuries. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:


— SOC--FIFA-CLUB WORLD CUP. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photo.

— SOC--ROMA-LIVERPOOL-SECURITY. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, photos.



It's been a busy month for Arike Ogunbowale since her last-second shot lifted the Notre Dame women to their first NCAA basketball title in 17 years. She's been on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show and met Kobe Bryant. Next up: "Dancing With the Stars." By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Also:




JERUSALEM — The Giro d'Italia begins this week in Israel, the first time a Grand Tour cycling race has been held outside Europe. This race features four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and is the biggest and most prestigious sports event hosted by Israel. By Aron Heller. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— GLF--US OPEN-ROMO. SENT: 120 words.

— TEN--MUNICH OPEN. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— TEN--PRAGUE OPEN. SENT: 135 words.

— BOX--SPENCE-OCAMPO. SENT: 130 words.

— PORTUGAL-BIGGEST WAVE. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP. By Eric Olson. SENT: 750 words, photos.



Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT):

NBA PLAYOFFS (Conference Semifinals)

Cleveland at Toronto, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL PLAYOFFS (Conference Semifinals)

Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.


Texas at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Toronto at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Baltimore at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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