BC-AP Sports Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014
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Editors: Updates NBA, LPGA, baseball items.

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TOP STORIES

TEN--FRENCH OPEN

PARIS — Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without doubt, the toughest task in tennis and maybe among the greatest challenges in all sports. He wears down Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 for his ninth French Open title and fifth in a row, both records. Nadal is 66-1 for his career at Roland Garros. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— TEN--French Open-Djokovic. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— TEN--French Open-Sharapova. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— TEN--French Open-Women's Doubles. By Trung Latieule. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— TEN--French Open-Murray-Mauresmo. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— TEN--French Open Glance. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m.

BKN--NBA FINALS

SAN ANTONIO — With the air conditioning ready to hum, the Spurs play Miami in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. LeBron James cramped and was on the bench in the closing minutes of the Heat's opening loss in a sweatbox of an arena. He now says he's "feeling really good." By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. Halftime lead.

— With:

— BKN--NBA Finals-Silver. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. News conference 7 p.m. Early story.

— Sidebar on losing team. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BELMONT STAKES

RAC--BELMONT STAKES

NEW YORK — California Chrome heads home to the West Coast with a bandaged right front foot, and no Triple Crown. The colt bumped another horse leaving the Belmont Stakes starting gate. His foot should heal in two to three weeks. His co-owner is still smarting. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

STANLEY CUP FINALS

HKN--STANLEY CUP

NEW YORK — The Rangers haven't trailed the Los Angeles Kings until the very last shot through two games of the Stanley Cup finals. New York returns home in a perilous 0-2 hole. After a 5-4 loss in Game 2, in which the Rangers led by two goals three times, New York needs to regroup from a double-overtime defeat. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

HKN--NHL CONCUSSIONS

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there's been a sharp decline in concussions across the league. Whether the NHL's concussion protocols deserve the credit is an open question. Bettman says there is only so much the league can do about a player who hides a head injury. By Larry Lage. SENT: 900 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-US

SAO PAULO — The U.S. heads to Brazil with boosted confidence. For the first time, the Americans won all their World Cup warmup games. The latest one — 2-1 over Nigeria on Saturday night — featured a firmer defense with Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman starting in midfield. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-BATTLE OF THE BRANDS

PORTLAND, Ore. — The marketing competition at the World Cup is almost as intense as the games. This is the time when athletic companies jockey for their once-every-four-years shot at the growing worldwide soccer market. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— Also:

— YAOUNDE, Cameroon — SOC--WCup-Cameroon Grounded. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — SOC--Qatar-Corruption Allegations. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— SAO PAULO, Brazil — SOC--WCup-FIFA-Adidas. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— RIO DE JANEIRO — SOC--WCup-Soccer Film. By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— MEXICO CITY Mexico-Amputee-Soccer-Photo-Essay. By Marco Ugarte. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — SOC--WCup-Argentina-Falklands. SENT: 200 words, photos.