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TOP STORIES:

HKN–STANLEY CUP FINALS

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from their second Stanley Cup title ever, but their second in three years, when they carry a commanding 3-0 series lead into Game 4 of the finals. The New York Rangers are fighting to send the series back to California, where they lost the first two games in overtime after leading by two goals in each, while the Kings are trying to complete the first sweep in the finals since 1998. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 800 words and photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BKN–NBA FINALS

MIAMI — Just like last year, Game 3 of the NBA Finals was a blowout that left the Miami Heat facing a 2-1 deficit. So nobody was overreacting to what happened Tuesday, especially since the Spurs themselves don’t expect to shoot that way again. But the Heat definitely have a lot to clean up before Game 4 on Thursday, or they risk going back to San Antonio facing the end of their title reign. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

WORLD CUP

Editors: A separate World Cup digest has moved.

INSIDE THE STADIUMS: After years of remodeling and construction, the stadiums are ready for the World Cup in Brazil. An interactive tour of all 12 of the 2014 World Cup Venues in Brazil, including sightseeing and dining information for each city, available for interactive customers.

BC-SOC–WCUP-STADIUM’S BIG TEST

SAO PAULO — The biggest question for Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup isn’t whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished and troublesome Itaquerao stadium will fare in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd. Will the 61,600 spectators be safe? Will everything work? World Cup organizers cannot be completely sure of the answers to those essential questions. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SOC–WCUP-FIFA CONGRESS

SAO PAOLO — FIFA President Sepp Blatter seeks support to be re-elected to another 4-year term. Former FBI Agent Michael Garcia presents his independent investigation of FIFA corruption allegations related to the 2022 of the bid. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 770 words.

SOC–WCUP-US

SAO PAULO — For the U.S. soccer team, playing in heat and humidity after long plane trips is part of the routine. The Americans are used to it from Major League Soccer and World Cup qualifiers. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 840 words, photos.

NBA

BKN–CLIPPERS-STERLING

An attorney for Shelly Sterling went to probate court to seek an emergency hearing to confirm her authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers despite opposition from her estranged husband, Donald Sterling. By Linda Deutsch and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BKN–NBA FINALS-CHALMERS

MIAMI — Mario Chalmers has a history of coming up big in big moments. Not in these NBA Finals, though. The Miami Heat point guard is in a big-time struggle and his team is in trouble. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING : 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN–EKPE’S BOOK CLUB

MILWAUKEE — A good read deserved a face-to-face meeting for Ekpe Udoh. The NBA free agent who most recently played for the Milwaukee Bucks treated members of his burgeoning book club to a screening of the movie “The Fault in Our Stars.” It was the first in-person meeting for a group that had only met through Twitter. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

GOLF:

GLF–US OPEN

PINEHURST, N.C. — The Open starts on Thursday, but anyone casting a quick look will be sure to ask: Which one? The U.S. Open typically is tight fairways and high rough. Pinehurst No. 2 looks more like the British Open with its natural landscape and brown grass. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Upcoming: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

GLF–US OPEN-MISSING QUALIFIER

PINEHURST, N.C. — Jason Millard could be at Pinehurst No. 2 this week, playing in his first major championship. But he wouldn’t have been able to live with himself. So, about an hour into his drive to North Carolina, he pulled over to the side of the road, called up a USGA official, and disqualified himself for what may — or may not — have been a rules violation during qualifying. By National Writer Paul Newberry. Upcoming: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

GLF–US OPEN-WEEDS

PINEHURST, N.C. — Here are some words you don’t often hear at a U.S. Open. Kiss Me Quick. Toad flax. Flea bane. Those are among thousands of plants that thrive at Pinehurst No. 2 after the restoration project to its natural look from more than a half-century ago. Most people would refer to a more common name for them — weeds. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. Upcoming: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GLF–JIM LITKE-061114

PINEHURST, N.C. — Jack Nicklaus told him not to be afraid to change things up, even in the middle of a round. Gary Player told him to lay low. The one thing Rory McIlory won’t lack this week is advice. By Sports Columnist Jim Litke. Upcoming: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

WITH:

– GLF–US Open-Scott. Adam Scott is thriving in every major but the U.S. Open. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 450 words, photos.

– GLF–US Open-Notebook. By Golf Writer Ferguson. Upcoming: 900 words by 7 p.m. EDT.

– GLF–US Open-Glance.

BASEBALL:

BBO–HEADFIRST HAZARDS

It’s become common in the majors for runners to fling their arms out, lead with their faces and hurtle toward bases in a headfirst slide made fashionable by Pete Rose. But emulating Charlie Hustle comes at a price. Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Josh Hamilton of the Angels are among the stars who have gotten hurt sliding headfirst this year. There have been so many injuries, in fact, that many wonder whether the move is safe, or should be banned. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BBA–YANKEES-MARINERS

SEATTLE — Rookie star Masahiro Tanaka tries to become the second pitcher in the American League with 10 victories when the New York Yankees face the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game starts 10:10 p.m. 700 words. With hometown lead, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

ATH–NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

EUGENE, Ore. — The NCAA track and field championships open Wednesday with finals in two events, the pole vault and the 10,000 metres. Anne M. Peterson handling remotely. UPCOMING: 400 words and photos. 10k starts at 10:15 p.m.

BBC–CWS CAPSULES

OMAHA, Neb. — A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

Wednesday’s Time Schedule

BASEBALL

Minnesota at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m.

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

San Diego at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

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

Miami at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Arizona at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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

NHL Stanley Cup Final

Los Angeles at NY Rangers, 8 p.m.

WNBA

Seattle at Indiana, 7 p.m.

MLS

D.C. United at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m.

15:11ET 11-06-14

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