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May 26, 2014 02:44 PM EST | AP

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TOP STORIES

TEN--FRENCH OPEN

PARIS — As far as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are concerned, there will be time enough for tension at the French Open. At the moment, after one victory apiece — and perhaps two weeks from a Roland Garros rematch between the top two seeded men — they're at ease. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— TEN--French Open-Nishikori. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— TEN--French Open-Lookahead. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— TEN--French Open-Watch. Updated throughout day.

— TEN--French Open Glance. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

BKN--PACERS-HEAT

MIAMI — Looking to take a 3-1 lead, the Miami Heat host the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Miami has won the last two games. "We're pretty upbeat," Pacers forward David West says. "We don't get down on ourselves." By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-KINGS

LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks attempt to even the Western Conference finals in Game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings, who have scored 10 goals in two straight wins over the defending Stanley Cup champions. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

NBA/NHL PLAYOFFS

BKN--SPURS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder have new life now that Serge Ibaka has unexpectedly returned from his calf injury. He sparked Oklahoma City's Game 3 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Now the Thunder can even the series Tuesday night. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

HKN--RANGERS-CANADIENS

MONTREAL — The Rangers need one victory to return to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years. They lead the Canadiens 3-1 following an overtime goal by Martin St. Louis in Game 4. On Tuesday night, the series shifts to Montreal, where New York won the first two games. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COMMENTARY

CAR--INDYCAR-IN THE PITS

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Hunter-Reay was deeply disappointed when his 2012 championship was overshadowed by IndyCar politics. In a series starving for an American star, he's eager to fill that role. His Indianapolis 500 victory gives him another chance to raise his profile and that of the series he loves. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-JOHNSON'S WIN

CONCORD, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson's run at another Sprint Cup title is on following his victory in the Coca-Cola 600. If he were to win his seventh series crown he would tie the NASCAR mark shared by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CAR--F1-MERCEDES RIVALRY

PARIS — The total dominance of Mercedes was making this Formula One season even more predictable than the last, when Sebastian Vettel won the final nine races. But now a feud between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is enlivening a dull season. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING

BBO--RED SOX-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The Red Sox try to end a 10-game losing streak — their longest skid in 20 years — when they open a two-game series against first-place Atlanta. Clay Buchholz starts for Boston, which has dropped to last in the AL East. Ervin Santana goes for the Braves. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m.

BKL--LYNX-SKY

ROSEMONT, Ill. — In a showdown of the WNBA's two remaining unbeaten teams, Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky play Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx . Moore is averaging 33.8 points a game to lead the league, followed by Delle Donne at 23.5. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

COLLEGE

FBC--DECLINING HBCUS

JACKSON, Miss. — From the 1960s through the 1980s, players like Jerry Rice and Walter Payton were part of the wave of players who thrived at the nation's historically black colleges and universities. Those schools, however, have slowly turned into an afterthought on the college football landscape. By David Brandt. SENT: 900 words, photos.

LAC--NCAA-NOTRE DAME-DUKE

BALTIMORE — Top-seeded Duke faces No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the NCAA men's lacrosse championship game, a rematch of the 2010 title game that Duke won in overtime. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

BBC--NCAA TOURNAMENT

OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State is the No. 1 national seed for the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament, which opens Friday. The other six national seeds, in order, are: Virginia, Indiana, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, TCU and LSU. The tournament opens Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals. By Eric Olson. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— ATHENS, Ga. — TEN--NCAA Men's Finals. By George Henry. SENT: 130: words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— ATHENS, Ga. — TEN--NCAA Women's Finals. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— HUTCHINSON, Kan. — GLF--NCAA Men. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-VOGTS' ADVENTURES

SAN FRANCISCO — Berti Vogts will coach Azerbaijan when it plays the U.S. on Tuesday night. Then he'll return to his other soccer gig: scouting World Cup opponents for the Americans as an adviser to Jurgen Klinsmann. This is the first of three World Cup warmups for the U.S. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-SPAIN-BRUISED BARCELONA

MADRID — While Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's internationals recover from their bruising Champions League final, Spain will begin soothing the bruised egos of its Barcelona players following their worst season in six years. By Paul Logothetis. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— Also:

— SAO PAULO — SOC--WCup-Brazil. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— RAMALLAH, West Bank — SOC--FIFA-Palestinians. By Karin Laub. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FEATURES

BBA--ACE VENTURA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura looks unassuming as he steps on the mound, the lithe kid with the limber arm. But when he throws that 102 mph fastball, he leaves hitters shaking their heads. Just how does he do it? Sports scientists might offer an explanation. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.

BVL--NEW PARTNERS

The day after the beach volleyball title match at the London Olympics, silver medalist April Ross began thinking about the 2016 Games. Now she's paired with three-time Olympic champ Kerri Walsh Jennings, and the two are on a winning streak as they await next weekend's opener of the domestic tour in Florida. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OTHER NEWS

— PRETORIA, South Africa — Pistorius Trial. Oscar Pistorius arrives at psychiatric hospital to begin mental evaluation. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— WARSAW, Poland — OLY--Krakow-2022 Bid. Krakow withdraws 2022 Winter Olympics bid after majority of residents vote against it. By Monika Scislowska. SENT: 600 words.

— CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — CYC--US Nationals. Taylor Phinney and Alison Powers try to add road race titles to their time trial championships at U.S. cycling championships. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6 p.m.

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

Monday's Time Schedule

NBA Playoffs (Conference Final)

Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs (Conference Final)

Chicago at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

Baseball

Boston at Atlanta, 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Baltimore at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Texas at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at St. Louis, 4:15 p.m.

Colorado at Philadelphia, 5:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Houston at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

WNBA

Minnesota at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.