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April 28, 2014 03:20 PM EST | AP

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LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling is the NBA's longest-serving owner and among its least successful, his Clippers becoming a punch line with one winning season in his first 24 years. He has fired loyal coaches, taken executives to court and seethed when players compared a Clippers jersey to a jail uniform. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— LOS ANGELES — BKN--Clippers-Sterling-NAACP. By Raquel Maria Dillon. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— NEW YORK — Clippers-Sterling-Sponsors. By Business Writer Marley Jay. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— BKN--Warriors-Clippers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — California Chrome has established himself as the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The colt has won his last four races by a combined 24¼ lengths, giving 77-year-old Art Sherman the chance Saturday to become the oldest trainer to win a Derby. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


Monday Games:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Miami Heat look to complete a first-round playoff series sweep of Charlotte. Al Jefferson, the Bobcats' leading scorer and rebounder, is doubtful for Game 4 because of a foot injury. The Bobcats are looking for their first postseason win in franchise history. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — After reclaiming home-court advantage, the Pacers now try to regain control by protecting their home court against Atlanta. Indiana has struggled to put two solid games together since the start of March. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


DALLAS — The Mavericks try to follow up Vince Carter's game-winning 3-pointer with a third straight victory against top-seeded San Antonio. The Spurs need Game 4 to get back home with a 2-2 tie in this first-round series. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

— Tuesday Games:

— DEERFIELD, Ill. — BKN--Wizards-Bulls. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— OKLAHOMA CITY — BKN--Grizzlies-Thunder. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— PORTLAND, Ore. — BKN--Resilient Trail Blazers. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600, photos by 5 p.m.


Monday Games:


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Penguins, leading the series 3-2 and playing with grit and confidence, are on the road and trying to eliminate Columbus in Game 6 of the first-round playoff. If the Blue Jackets win, Game 7 is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild try to extend this tight, intense first-round matchup with the Colorado Avalanche, who lead 3-2, as they return home for Game 6. The road team has yet to win a game in this series. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks make their third attempt to finish off the rival Kings in Game 6 of their first-round series. Los Angeles is riding momentum from consecutive victories to avoid elimination. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

— Tuesday Game:

— VOORHEES, N.J. — HKN--Rangers-Flyers. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— CHICAGO — HKN--Blackhawks Stars. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

— BROSSARD, Quebec — HKN--Canadiens-Simulated Game. SENT: 200 words.



Jack Ramsay won an NBA title as a coach, was revered as a broadcaster, fought for his country and spent nearly two decades staving off many forms of cancer. The Hall of Famer died Monday at 89, and was remembered across the game as someone who lived a full life. "The game has lost a giant today," Heat President Pat Riley said. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 p.m.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR is reviewing the aftermath of the Richmond race when Marcos Ambrose punched Casey Mears in the face. While some believe punishment is warranted, it's important to remember a fight during the 1979 Daytona 500 is what put NASCAR on the map. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS — For four straight years, the NFL has seen a record number of underclassmen enter the draft. This year, the number hits triple digits. Those who put the system in place say this is not the way the system was intended to work. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

— Also:

— SAN FRANCISCO — Fantex-Vernon Davis IPO. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.



ATLANTA — The Braves lost two starters (Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm) from last year to free agency and two more (Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy) to season-ending elbow injuries in spring training. Apparently, there's no need to worry. Atlanta's starters easily have the best ERA in the majors. By Charles Odum. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.


BALTIMORE — Jemile Weeks endured a month of bus rides in the minor leagues and a futile trip to Yankee Stadium before finally making his debut with the Baltimore Orioles. Now that he's back in the majors, Weeks is playing as if he intends to stay. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


SEATTLE — Robinson Cano became a star in New York, then was lured to Seattle by a $240 million offer in the offseason. Cano will make his first return to Yankee Stadium as a member of the Mariners on Tuesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Marco Andretti held off challenges from two of IndyCar's savvy veterans — Will Power and Scott Dixon — and seemed to make all the right moves in his runner-up finish at Barber Motorsports Park. With races at Indianapolis coming up, his team hopes it was a major step. By John Zenor. SENT: 130 words, photos UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— INDIANAPOLIS — CAR--IndyCar-Indy 500-Busch Sponsor. SENT: 250 words, photos.


ROME — It is a testament to Ayrton Senna's lasting impact on Formula One that the 20th anniversary of his death will be observed this week with five days of commemorations at the Imola track where he had his fatal accident. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 850 words, photos.



FRANKFURT, Germany — Bayern Munich has a chance to become the first club to win two straight titles since the Champions League formed in the 1992-93 season. In second leg games, it's Bayern vs. Real Madrid on Tuesday and Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. By Nesha Starcevic. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


MADRID — For Spain's working class, caught in what feels like never-ending economic recession, Atletico Madrid's stunning season offers an uplifting example of beating the odds, with the Spanish title and Champions League final both within reach. By Paul Logothetis. SENT: 750 words, photos.


SAO PAULO — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says the street protests that are planned during the World Cup could negatively affect the national team's performance on the field. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BARCELONA, Spain — SOC--Barcelona-Racism. SENT: 450 words, photos.


— RALEIGH, N.C. — HKN--Hurricanes-Front-Office Shakeup. Jim Rutherford leaves as Hurricanes' general manager, replaced by Hall of Fame player Ron Francis. SENT: 500 words.

— HKN--Flames-Treliving. Calgary Flames to hire Coyotes' Brad Treliving as general manager, the AP is told. By John Marshall. SENT: 250 words.

— ARLINGTON, Va.— HKN--Capitals-McPhee. George McPhee sensed Capitals were going to get rid of him as general manager. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


— BBC--Pick Six-College Rdp. With wins in 19 of 20 games, Miami may have what it takes to end College World Series drought. SENT: 650 words, photos.

—TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — BBC--Florida St-Winston Watch. Heisman winner Jameis Winston struggled last weekend when Florida State's baseball team lost two of three to Virginia. SENT: 450 words


— BKN--NBA Playoff Capsules.

— HKN--NHL Playoff Capsules.

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Indiana, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.


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

Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

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