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Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm •  Published: May 13, 2014

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ST. LOUIS — After all the commotion and commentary, Michael Sam arrives in St. Louis along with the Rams' other draft picks. Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted, is playing not far from Missouri college campus and certain to draw more attention than the team's first-round choices. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.


SAO PAULO — It's all coming down to the final 30 days. Brazil had seven years to get ready, but it enters the final month of World Cup preparations with much to be done. Three stadiums are still under construction, infrastructure is incomplete, airports are unfinished. What's more, threats of violence loom. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 900 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson replies to the latest remarks by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who lambasted the NBA great for his promiscuity and mistakenly decried his lack of community involvement. Sterling's wife suspects he has dementia. Johnson is to appear on CNN and promises, "After this week, no more Sterling talk." UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 10 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS — After winning twice in Washington, Indiana is home for Game 5 with a chance to advance to its second straight Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers, playing their best basketball in at least two months, have won three straight and six of their last eight playoff games. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder are back in Oklahoma City, facing the Clippers in Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinal that's all even and marked by rough play and flopping. Kevin Durant says the Clippers are hanging all over him, and Los Angeles is not thrilled with some of Oklahoma City's tactics, either. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

— Wednesday Games

— SAN ANTONIO — BKN--Trail Blazers-Spurs. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— MIAMI — BKN--Nets-Heat. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — BKN--Cavaliers-Changes. SENT: 700 words, photos.



PITTSBURGH — The Penguins and Rangers settle things in Game 7. This is the second straight series that has gone to the limit for New York, which is getting excellent play from goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Pittsburgh may need a victory to save coach Dan Bylsma's job. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks can reach the Western Conference final with a victory over the Wild in Game 6. Minnesota has not lost at home in the playoffs this year while outscoring opponents 16-5 over five games. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— Wednesday Games

— BOSTON — HKN--Canadiens-Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — HKN--Ducks-Kings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.



BALTIMORE — Sloppy track? No problem. Fast pace? Slow pace? No worries. California Chrome's assistant trainer says the Kentucky Derby winner can handle any scenario in the Preakness. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— RAC--Preakness-Notebook. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.


ROME — Novak Djokovic, who took time off because of an injured right wrist, beats Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Italian Open, a key tuneup for the French Open. Djokovic shows no signs of pain after withdrawing from last week's Madrid Open. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 550 words, photos.


MANKATO, Minn. — Rutgers dismisses quarterback Philip Nelson from its football team after he is charged in connection with an assault in Minnesota that left a former college linebacker severely injured. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics, with the second-best record in the American League, go for their sixth straight victory when they play a Chicago White Sox team that has lost three in a row. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:05 p.m.


ROSEMONT, Ill. — Big Ten administrators gather for two days of meetings, where big issues await: possible unionization, a new football playoff system and two new conference members in Rutgers and Maryland. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.


PRETORIA, South Africa — The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius asks that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. By Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray. SENT: 600 words, photos.



Donald Sterling just can't help himself, talking once more when he should never open his mouth again. His estranged wife suggests it may be dementia, which might not be too much of a stretch for his latest ramblings. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Adam Scott will go to No. 1 in the world next week after not even playing a tournament. It's awkward, though certainly not unprecedented. Tiger Woods did that twice. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--Golf Notes. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



INDIANAPOLIS — EJ Viso has been among the 10 fastest cars during each of the first two Indianapolis 500 practices. He's likely to get a chance to do it a third time Tuesday. He is waiting to learn whether James Hinchcliffe, the injured driver Viso has replaced this week, will be cleared to drive. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Also:

— DES MOINES, Iowa — CAR--NASCAR-Iowa Speedway. UPCOMING. 500 words by 5 p.m.



NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Webb, the president of soccer's governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, says FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been good for the sport and that most if not all of the needed reforms have been adopted. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.


LONDON — Last call may come early for England at the World Cup. Drinking laws in Britain will be relaxed during the tournament so pubs can stay open beyond their usual 11 p.m. The government, however, doesn't expect England to be staying long in Brazil. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 4 p.m.



DENVER — Lindsey Vonn is spending a lot more time with boyfriend Tiger Woods these days. She only wishes it was under better circumstances. This is what the power couple of sports has become: unfortunate rehab partners: Vonn is working her way back from knee surgery, Woods from back surgery. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Yale forward Brandon Sherrod is taking a year off from the basketball team to tour with the Whiffenpoofs, the school's a cappella singing group. Coach James Jones says he's disappointed, but understands that at Yale, basketball is not always his players' top priority. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy arrested, charged with assault in domestic violence case. SENT: 350 words.

— CLEVELAND — FBN--Browns-Haden. Browns sign cornerback Joe Haden to five-year, $68 million contract. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


— MINSK, Belarus — HKO--Worlds. Defending champion Sweden plays Norway in a game between unbeaten teams at hockey's world championships. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— PARIS — SWM--Doping-Efimova. Russia's Yuliya Efimova, bronze medalist in 200 breaststroke at London Olympics, banned 16 months for doping, stripped of world record. SENT: 130 words.

— BARI, Italy — CYC--Giro. France's Nacer Bouhanni wins fourth stage of Giro d'Italia; Australia's Michael Matthews keeps overall lead. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— MOUNT DIABLO, Calif. — CYC--Tour of California. Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, is in front entering third stage of Tour of California. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m.

— MUNICH — CAR--F1-Ecclestone Trial. German banker testifies he accepted multimillion-dollar bribe from Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone. SENT: 120 words, photos.


— BKN--NBA Playoff Capsules.

— HKN--NHL Playoff Capsules.

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs (Second Round)

Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs (Second Round)

N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Minnesota, 9 p.m.


Detroit at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

San Diego at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

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

Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Washington at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Miami at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

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


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