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May 19, 2014 03:03 PM EST | AP

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NEW YORK — California Chrome can breathe easy — he will be allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Stewards clear the horse to use the strip he wore while winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. By Rick Freeman. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


SAN ANTONIO — The Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, open the Western Conference finals with Serge Ibaka out with an injured calf. The San Antonio Spurs, who lost all four times to Oklahoma City this season, could be slowed by Tony Parker's strained hamstring. By Raul Dominguez. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


MONTREAL — The Canadiens, coming off a 7-2 loss to New York, will be without star goalie Carey Price for the rest of the Eastern Conference finals because of a knee injury. On Sunday, the Rangers attended the funeral of Martin St. Louis' mother outside Montreal in what coach Alain Vigneault called "a challenging day." UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.



NEW YORK — The NBA's biggest losers hope for a big win in Tuesday's draft lottery, with the victor getting the No. 1 pick. A highly regarded draft class created speculation that some of the teams that lost most were tanking in hopes of increasing their chances. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. 700 words by 4 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — With LeBron James & Co. trying to figure out what went wrong in the opener, the champion Heat await the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night. Of critical concern to Miami: What to do about Paul George and David West? By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CHICAGO — Sure, the Blackhawks have forwards who can score a big goal. But the defense is keying this postseason run. Los Angeles learned how hard it is to score on the Stanley Cup champions when Chicago blocked 25 shots in winning the Western Conference finals opener 3-1. Game 2 is Wednesday night. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods still doesn't know when he'll return. For a while, he didn't know whether he would return at all. Woods says his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again. By Joseph White. SENT: 450 words, photos.


RIO DE JANEIRO — Sailing's governing body may conduct independent water-quality tests in polluted Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Rio Olympics that some describe as an "open sewer." The AP obtained documents that find a cleanup cannot be done soon. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 850 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — The Detroit Tigers, winners of six straight and with the best record in baseball, play the last-place Indians. Cleveland was outscored 30-6 in three games while being swept over the weekend by Oakland. By Tom withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.


ATLANTA — In a matchup of first-place teams, the Braves play the Milwaukee Brewers. Mike Minor starts for Atlanta, which has lost four of six. Wily Peralta starts for the Brewers, who have dropped three of five. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS — This visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway is like none other for Dario Franchitti. The three-time Indy 500 winner scoots through the paddock in a golf cart. Aside from a team meeting here or there, he marches to a wide-open schedule. Retirement suits the Scotsman well. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS — It's been a challenging May for some teams at Indianapolis. Chip Ganassi's teams switched from road-racing cars to backup cars to primary cars and then had to scramble to find speed on the final day of qualifying. Monday's final full practice may not be any easier. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— COMMERCE, Ga. — CAR--NHRA. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6 p.m.



LAS VEGAS — Training camps are still weeks away, but Vegas odds-makers already are making bets on what the NFL season will look like. A lot like the last, it seems, with Seattle and Denver the favorites to win the most games. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


ATLANTA — NFL owners will vote Tuesday on the site of the 2018 Super Bowl, choosing among Indianapolis, Minneapolis and favored New Orleans. They also will discuss possibly expanding the playoffs by two teams. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— CLEVELAND — FBN--Browns-Manziel. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— ATLANTA — FBN--Falcons-Stadium Groundbreaking. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 11 p.m.

— ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — FBN--Broncos-Big O. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — FBN--Bills-Henderson's Last Chance.. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— LAKE FOREST, Ill. — FBN--Bears-Marshall. SENT: 130 words.



STANFORD, Calif. — Now 32 and nearing the end of perhaps the most-celebrated career in American soccer history, Landon Donovan hopes to become the first American to play in four World Cups. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.


MANCHESTER, England — Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is hired as Manchester United's manager, tasked with repairing the damage from David Moyes' 10 months in charge and reviving one of the world's most famous clubs. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.


BEIRUT — When the uprising in Syria began, Abdelbasit Sarout left his promising soccer career to lead peaceful protests, rallying thousands to demand President Bashar Assad leave power. More than three years later, the star goalkeeper is an armed fighter and a charismatic icon of the rebellion. By Barbara Surk. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

— Also:

— SAO PAULO — SOC--WCup-FIFA Arrives. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 400 words, photos.



AMES, Iowa — Even in the anonymous world of college golf, Iowa State has been an afterthought. But the Cyclones are headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 61 years, ending one of the longest droughts in the nation for any sport. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING. 650 words by 6 p.m.


Playing out of the limelight in the Sun Belt Conference, Louisiana-Lafayette has quietly ridden a prolific offense to the most wins in Division I. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — BBC--Florida-Winston Watch. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 350 words



BRISBANE, Australia — Jack Brabham, the three-time Formula One champion who famously pushed his car to the finish line to win his first season title, dies at 88. The Australian, who was knighted and known as Sir Jack, was the only F1 driver to win a world championship in a car of his own construction. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 950 words, photos.


— MIAMI — BBN--Marlins-Tejada. Suspended infielder Miguel Tejada signs minor league contract with Marlins. SENT: 130 words.

— MINSK, Belarus — HKO--Worlds-Ovechkin Injured. Alex Ovechkin will miss at least one game at the because of a leg injury. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— MINSK, Belarus — HKO--Worlds. France gains quarterfinals at hockey world championships. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— TOKYO — FIG--Asada-Future. Mao Asada will take a season off, with 50 percent chance she will return to skating. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— NICE, France — TEN--Open de Nice. Defending champion Albert Montanes wins opener at Nice tuneup for French Open. SENT: 150 words.

— STRASBOURG, France — TEN--Strasbourg International. Kirsten Flipkens, Elena Vesnina lose in first round of Strasbourg International. SENT: 200 words.

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs (Conference Finals)

Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m.

NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals)

NY Rangers at Montreal, 8 p.m.


Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

Houston at LA Angels, 10:05 p.m.