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April 26, 2014 03:09 PM EST | AP

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SAN FRANCISCO — The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive." By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: updates with new developments.


MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps posted the fourth-fastest time in the world this year swimming the 100-meter butterfly in his first competition in nearly two years. His comeback has gotten off to a strong start albeit with a much different approach than he took in winning 22 medals over three Olympics. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — General manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates lost their jobs with the Washington Capitals on Saturday after the team failed to make playoffs for the first time since 2007. SENT: 500 words, photos. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m. Developing from 4 p.m. news conference.



Todd Pletcher is taking aim at winning his second Kentucky Derby with four horses this year. Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner, will saddle three. And then there's 77-year-old Art Sherman. He's got the early favorite in California Chrome, easily the best horse he's ever trained. A full field of 20 is expected for the 140th Kentucky Derby on May 3. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. With: RAC_KENTUCKY DERBY-10 THINGS TO KNOW. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. Moving Friday for weekend use.



ATLANTA — The surprising Atlanta Hawks look to take a commanding 3-1 lead on the Indiana Pacers and move closer to becoming just the sixth No. 8 seed to knock off a top seed in the NBA playoffs. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies can take a commanding 3-1 lead Saturday night if they can continue protecting their home court. The Thunder believe their shots will start falling, giving them the chance to tie this first-round series up with two of the final three back in Oklahoma City. By Teresa Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Miami Heat look to take a 3-0 lead against the Bobcats when they meet in Charlotte on Saturday night. It's the first time the Bobcats will host a playoff game in four years. Al Jefferson remains hobbled by a left foot injury. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks weren't very good in Dallas late in the season. They'll try to change that in Game 3 of a first-round series against the Spurs after grabbing home-court advantage with a split in San Antonio. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks try to close out the rival Los Angeles Kings by winning Gam3 5 of their first-round series at home. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Saturday night with the series tied at 2 games each. Columbus rallied from a three-goal deficit to win Game 4 on Wednesday. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche try to get their high-powered offense back on track in Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. The Wild have outshot the Avs 78-34 the past two games of the first-round series. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.


BOSTON — The Boston Bruins can wrap up their first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5. Boston has won the last three games after losing the opener 1-0 at home. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.



VAN METER, Iowa — In this tiny town west of Des Moines, things have slowed down considerably at the Bob Feller Museum, a shrine to the Cleveland Indians star who died three years ago. Visitors are rare, the schedule is shorter and there is growing concern that the museum will be shuttered. There are 29 baseball-themed museums in the United States, though this one is believed to be the only one dedicated to a single player that's not associated with a stadium of some kind. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 750 words, photos.



INDIANAPOLIS — Two days after finding out he would open the season against his former team, Peyton Manning returns to his adopted hometown, Indianapolis, to help raise money for the children's hospital that bears his name. It's the first time since the NFL schedule was released Thursday night that Manning has been available. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.



CARSON, Calif. — Unbeaten Keith Thurman defends his interim welterweight title against Julio Diaz, and Argentine 140-pound star Lucas Matthysse returns against John Molina. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Main card starts around 9:30 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — Six "USA vs. The World" relays highlight the Penn Relays on Saturday. Among the runners set to compete for Team USA are Olympic medalists Justin Gatlin, Leo Manzano, Walter Dix, DeeDee Trotter and Francena McCorory. By freelancer Dave Zeitlin. 267-307-0487. UPCOMING 700 words, photos, by 8 p.m.



AVONDALE, La. — Ben Martin is in search of his first PGA Tour victory and entered Saturday's third round of the Zurich Classic atop the leaderboard at 15 under, three strokes ahead of Andrew Svoboda. Also in contention were Sueng-Yan Noh, Robert Streb, Erik Compton and Peter Hanson. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING, 750 words, photos. Leaders tee off around 3 p.m.


DALY CITY, Calif. — Stacy Lewis, ranked third in the world, takes the lead into the weekend in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert-trained Bayern and Chitu are co-favorites in the $150,000 Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, a race that could which horse makes the Kentucky Derby field. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 350 words and photos developing from 10:01 post time.



RICHMOND, Va. — Rookie Kyle Larson starts from the pole positions while non-winners like Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Virginia native Denny Hamlin try to crack the coveted victory column in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race begins at 7 p.m.


RICHMOND, Va. — Clint Bowyer says his performances this year have him convinced a victory is coming soon. Denny Hamlin said it won't be time to start worrying until another month or more has passed and he still hasn't visited Victory Lane. With drivers viewing a victory as an almost certain ticket into the 16-man Chase for the championship this season, the ones accustomed to winning that still haven't pulled it off are at least thinking about it just eight races into the season. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. Stands for early NASCAR story.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and two-time winner Will Power are among those trying to win the pole position for the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words. Qualifying starts at 3 p.m.



SEATTLE — Having found success on the road, the Seattle Sounders are looking to find some at home. The Sounders look for their second home win of the season on Saturday hosting Colorado, the first meeting between the clubs since last year's MLS Cup playoffs. UPCOMING: Game at 1 p.m.



— STUTTGART, Germany — TEN--Porsche GP.

— BUCHAREST, Romania — TEN--Nastase Tiriac Trophy.

— MARRAKESH, Morocco — TEN--Grand Prix.


Saturday's Time Schedule


Indiana at Atlanta, 2 p.m.

San Antonio at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 9:30 p.m.


Detroit at Boston, 3 p.m.

Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m.


L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

San Diego at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Oakland at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

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

Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.


Philadelphia at Montreal, 4 p.m.

Colorado at Seattle FC, 4 p.m.

FC Dallas at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

New York at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

Chivas USA at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.