BC-AP Sports Digest

Published: June 15, 2014

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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A separate World Cup Digest has been sent.

TOP STORIES

BKN–NBA FINALS

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs can win their fifth championship and end the two-year title reign of the Miami Heat with a victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Says LeBron James: “We know we’re against the greatest of odds.” By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. Halftime lead.

– With:

– BKN–NBA Finals-Duncan. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. Early story.

GLF–US OPEN

PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer, bidding for his second major, is in command entering the last round of the U.S. Open. Five shots back are Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who has had two heart transplants. Only one player has lost a five-shot lead in the U.S. Open’s final round: Mike Brady in 1919. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOC–WCUP-US-GHANA

NATAL, Brazil — The U.S. opens its World Cup on Monday night against Ghana, the team that eliminated the Americans from the 2006 and 2010 tournaments. Days of heavy rain leave some streets flooded in Natal. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. News conferences: U.S. 2:15 p.m., Ghana 4:30 p.m.

U.S. OPEN

GLF–JIM LITKE-061514

PINEHURST, N.C. — Commentary on final round of U.S. Open. By Sports Columnist Jim Litke. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 10 p.m.

– With:

– GLF–US Open-Runner-up. Barring a collapse by Kaymer, the best anyone can hope for is second place. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.

– GLF–US Open-Notebook. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

– GLF–US Open-NBC. By Joedy McCreary. NBC televises its last US Open after 20 years. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

– GLF–US Open-5 Things. SENT: 750 words, photos.

– GLF–US Open-Glance.

– GLF–US Open-Key Hole.

– GLF–US Open-Leader Cards.

WORLD CUP

SOC–WCUP-ARGENTINA-BOSNIA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two-time world champion Argentina plays its World Cup opener in famed Maracana Stadium against Bosnia-Herzegovina, a newcomer on soccer’s biggest stage. By Karl Ritter. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.

– Sunday’s other games:

– BRASILIA, Brazil — SOC–WCup-Switzerland-Ecuador. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

– PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — SOC–WCup-France-Honduras. By Chris Brummitt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.

– SOC–WCup Roundup. By Raf Casert. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SOC–WCUP-NATAL-THE AMERICANS

NATAL, Brazil — Long before the U.S. soccer team arrived in this coastal city, another group of uniformed Americans came through. They brought a sliver of World War II, big band music, jobs and a population boom to an isolated part of Brazil that was critical in fighting the Nazis. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOC–WCUP-SPAIN-CHANGING OF THE GUARD

CURITIBA, Brazil — The Netherlands’ crushing defeat of Spain prompts a question that was likely to be asked after the World Cup: When will the Spanish veterans give way to the talented youngsters? That transition may come as soon as Wednesday’s game against Chile. By Paul Logothetis. SENT: 600 words, photos.

– Also:

– MANAUS, Brazil — SOC–WCup-Steamy Manaus. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 550 words, photos.

– Separate stories on Monday’s other two games: Germany-Portugal, Iran-Nigeria. SENT.

– SANTOS, Brazil — SOC–WCup-Pele Museum. SENT: 130 words, photos.

– RECIFE, Brazil — SOC–WCup-Brazil Beat. World Cup happenings in and around Brazil. SENT: 600 words. Updated throughout day.

– SOC–WCup-On This Day-June 15. UPCOMING: 100 words by 9 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR–NASCAR-MICHIGAN

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. tries for his second consecutive Sprint Cup win this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Jimmie Johnson looks to win at the track for the first time. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race started 1 p.m.

CAR–LE MANS

LE MANS, France — Audi wins its fifth straight title at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer overcoming turbocharger problems. It’s the trio’s third victory in the famous endurance race. Audi has won 10 of the last 11 races at Le Mans. SENT: 700 words, photos.

– Also:

– BRISTOL, Tenn. — CAR–NHRA. Thunder Valley Nationals. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA–ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — The Royals go for their seventh straight victory, sending James Shields to the mound against the White Sox. Kansas City trails struggling Detroit by 1 1/2 games for the AL Central lead. Andre Rienzo starts for Chicago, which has lost three in a row. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2:10 p.m.

COLLEGE

BBC–CWS-MISSISSIPPI-VIRGINIA

OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia, the highest remaining national seed at No. 3, opens play in the College World Series against Mississippi. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BBC–CWS-TEXAS TECH-TCU

OMAHA, Neb. — Big 12 rivals Texas Tech and TCU meet for the fifth time this season, this game in their College World Series openers. This is the first appearance in the CWS for the Red Raiders, the second for TCU. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.

– With:

– BBC–CWS-Notebook. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.

TENNIS

– HALLE, Germany — TEN–Gerry Weber Open. Roger Federer beats Alejandro Falla to win Gerry Weber Open for seventh time. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 450 words, photos.

– LONDON — TEN–Queen’s. Grigor Dimitrov tops Feliciano Lopez in Queen’s Club final. SENT: 400 words, photos.

– BIRMINGHAM, England — TEN–Aegon Classic. Ana Ivanovic defeats Barbora Zahlavova to win Aegon Classic and first grass-court title. SENT: 300 words.

OTHER NEWS

– GROVETON, Texas FBN–Obit-Rodney Thomas. Ex-Titans running back Rodney Thomas dies at 41. SENT: 130 words.

– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — SWM–Olympian Injured. Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen out of intensive care after spinal injury. SENT: 130 words.

– COURCCHEVEL, France — CYC–Criterium du Dauphine. American Andrew Talansky holds off Alberto Contador to win Criterium du Dauphine on final day. SENT: 400 words.

– THE HAGUE, Netherlands — FHK–Field Hockey World Cup. Australia routs the Netherlands 6-1 to win men’s field hockey World Cup. SENT: 120 words, photos.

CAPSULES

– SOC–World Cup Capsules.

– BBO–Baseball Capsules.

– BKL–WNBA Capsules.

Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Finals (Game 5)

Miami at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

World Cup (First Round)

Switzerland vs. Ecuador, at Brasilia, noon

France vs. Honduras, at Porto Alegre, 3 p.m.

Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, at Rio de Janeiro, 6 p.m.

Baseball

Minnesota at Detroit, 1:08 p.m.

San Diego at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 1:35 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Washington at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Colorado at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Atlanta, 8:05 p.m.

WNBA

Phoenix at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

New York at Connecticut, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Tulsa, 4:30 p.m.

College World Series

At Omaha, Neb.

Texas Tech vs. TCU, 3 p.m.

Virginia vs. Mississippi, 8 p.m.

15:03ET 15-06-14

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