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BKN--NBA FINALS-WHAT'S NEXT
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors are a win away from ending one long championship drought and extending another. Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers and scored 37 points, and the Warriors withstood another brilliant performance from LeBron James to outlast the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 on Sunday night for a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.
HKN--STANLEY CUP-WHAT TO WATCH
CHICAGO — Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn played together for years in Philadelphia. Now the defensemen are competing against each other for the Stanley Cup title they were unable to win with the Flyers. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— SPORTS EXTRA: A free, paginated preview of the U.S. Open is now available in AP Exchange. Full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tab versions are provided, including space for local ads or content. The pages take a close look at Chambers Bay, a public course near Tacoma, Wash., built specifically to attract the U.S. Open. The pages can be found at http://www.apexchange.com under the Graphics tab searching for "Sports Extra" or clicking on the AP Sports Extra link under Sports on the left rail of the home page. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today. UPCOMING: 355 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL
The All-Star game is still a month away, but it could be a historic occasion for the defending American League champions. As of last Monday, the Kansas City Royals had seven players on track to start this year's game in Cincinnati on July 14. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 570 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BBO--RODRIGUEZ IN MIAMI
MIAMI — Alex Rodriguez is bringing his pursuit of the 3,000-hit milestone to his hometown, where it may be put on hold. The New York Yankees begin a two-game series Monday in Miami, and the attendance-challenged Marlins expect more than 30,000 fans for both games, even though it's uncertain how much they'll see Rodriguez. He has played only six games in the field this season, and there will be no designated hitter for the two interleague games in Miami. By Steven Wine. SENT: 430 words, photos.
So much is brand new about America's oldest golf championship. Not to worry. The U.S. Open hasn't lost its reputation as the toughest test in golf. And it's still the most democratic of the majors, with more than half the field — including a pair of two-time champions — having to go through qualifying. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 950 words, photos.
GLF--US OPEN-CHAMBERS BAY
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — For the students at the nearby high school, it was simply known as the "Sand Pit," the landmark two miles down the road where they would run as part of gym class. Now the close-up for Chambers Bay has arrived: The 2015 U.S. Open, a rare occasion where the golf course is getting more attention than the players. By Tim Booth. SENT: 950 words, photos.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — New to golf broadcasting, Fox Sports also gets its first crack at Tiger Woods. And the two primary voices at the U.S. Open, including Greg Norman, don't have high expectations for him at Chambers Bay. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
GLF--ST. JUDE CLASSIC
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Winning the first PGA Tour title of his career at the St. Jude Classic isn't enough to earn Fabian Gomez a trip to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Being fully exempt through the 2016-17 season is more than enough. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 3 a.m.
HARRISON, N.Y. — Inbee Park left no doubt at the Women's PGA Championship that she is the top player in women's golf and one of the best ever. The 26-year-old Park won the event for the third straight time Sunday, regained the No. 1 ranking, surpassed idol Se Ri Pak for the most majors by a South Korean player with six. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 770 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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