BC-AP Sports Digest

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

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MANCHESTER, England — David Moyes is fired as Manchester United manager, paying the price for the club's spectacular decline in his 10 months in charge since replacing Alex Ferguson. England's most successful club over the last two decades will miss out on Champions League for the first time in 19 years. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--Man United-Giggs. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— SOC--Man United-Troubled Transition. By Rob Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOC--Man United-Moyes-Reaction-Quote Box. SENT: 300 words, photos.


BOSTON — Meb Keflezighi fled the East African nation of Eritrea as a 12-year-old to escape war and poverty. Tatyana McFadden was 6 and sickly when she was adopted from a Russian orphanage by an American. Along with their U.S. passports, both now own Boston Marathon championships. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


CHICAGO — Wrigley Field is close to adding a video scoreboard, worrying purists who fear it will sully one the last places where fans can simply focus on the game without the intrusion of modern electronics. But all around the 100-year-old stadium, changes have already happened. By Don Babwin. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— With:

— BBN--Wrigley-Vignettes. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


Tuesday Games


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana, the NBA's best home team this season, looks to protect its home court against Atlanta in Game 2 of their playoff. The Hawks jolted the Pacers in the opener and are trying to open a playoff eries with two straight road wins for the first time in nearly five decades. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


TORONTO — The Raptors, beaten at home in the opener, face Brooklyn in Game 2 of their first-round series. A key for Toronto will be controlling Paul Pierce, who has been giving the Nets rejuventated play of late. DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross struggled for Toronto in their playoff debuts. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


CHICAGO — John Wall and the Wizards go for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against the Bulls and Joakim Noah, the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. Washington got dominant play from Nene and rallied from 13 down to win Game 1. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

— Wednesday Games

— MIAMI — BKN--Bobcats-Heat. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— BKN--Mavericks-Spurs. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— HOUSTON — BKN--Trail Blazers-Rockets. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— OKLAHOMA CITY — BKN--Durant's Struggles. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Tuesday Games


MONTREAL — The Canadiens can complete a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series. Only three teams have come back from a three-game deficit to win an NHL playoff series. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


DETROIT — The Boston Bruins want to use their strength to neutralize the Detroit Red Wings' speed in Game 3 of a tied first-round series. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — After splitting two games in New York, the Rangers and Flyers head to Philadelphia for Game 3. Flyers goalie Ray Emery will make his third straight start for an injured Steve Mason. The Rangers were 0-2 in Philadelphia this season. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks look to take a 3-0 series lead when they go on the road against Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings, who yielded a dismaying 13 goals in the first two games. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

— Wednesday Games:

— COLUMBUS, Ohio — HKN--Penguins-Blue Jackets. By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— DALLAS — HKN--Ducks-Stars. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— CHICAGO — HKN--Blues-Blackhawks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— ST. PAUL, Minn. — HKN--Avalanche-Wild. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



Some say Sonny Vaccaro helped create the biggest problem in college sports when he began handing out Nike money in the late '70s to basketball coaches. So there's more than a bit of irony that the former sneaker peddler who signed Michael Jordan to his first shoe contract may again change the way the NCAA does business. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Louise Suggs remembers Beverly Hanson as the class clown in the humble beginnings of the LPGA Tour, always quick with a laugh and good enough to beat Suggs twice in major championships. Hanson won 17 times in that first decade. "I'm surprised nobody has picked up on the fact she passed away," Suggs says. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.



Gregg Popovich of San Antonio coach is the NBA coach of the year, the third coach in league history to win the award three times. The Spurs had a league-best 62-20 record and have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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