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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.
SOC--WCUP-MONTH TO GO
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.
— 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.
— 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.
BIG TEN MEETINGS
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.
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