Dallas Mavericks (52-30, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (64-18, first in the Western Conference)

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Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter is among the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL’s coach of the year. Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers and Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers are the other two finalists. Sutter oversaw the biggest season-over-season improvement by any team in the NHL. The Flames captured the Pacific Division title and had the NHL’s sixth-best record. Brunette led the Panthers to the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history as the NHL’s top regular-season team. And Gallant became just the second head coach in franchise history to win 50-plus games in his first season.

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The Preakness tradition of the Alibi Breakfast is back this week after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. The annual event that dates to the 1930s brings together owners, trainers and other horsemen for the kind of relaxed, lighthearted atmosphere the second jewel of the Triple Crown is known for. It's a stark contrast to the intensity of the Kentucky Derby. The Black-Eyed Susan drinks were flowing and D. Wayne Lukas brought the laughs with a series of jokes two days before he saddles filly Secret Oath in the Preakness. Some trainers got to experience it for the first time or didn't even know it existed.

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Lo van Pham’s journey to the NFL began when he fell in love with sports upon arriving in Texas after living in refugee camps with his family. More than 40 years later, van Pham is set to become the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL. Before he was introduced to football in America, van Pham and his parents and two brothers survived traveling the jungles of South Vietnam and bounced around refugee camps in Laos, Thailand and the Philippines for about three years. He was too young to remember much of that experience but his parents filled him in as he got older.

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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz all were placed on the same half of the French Open men’s bracket in the draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic is the defending champion and seeded No. 1. He could meet 13-time champion Nadal in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. If that showdown happens, the winner could face No. 6 seed Alcaraz in the semifinals. Alcaraz is just 19, recently won the Madrid Open on clay and became the youngest man to break into the top 10 in the rankings since Nadal in 2005. The women’s draw was scheduled for later Thursday. The tournament begins Sunday.

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Rich Strike may not be the only long shot to pull off a major upset this Triple Crown season. The horse with the longest odds at the Preakness is almost equally as unlikely to be there as Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby. Fenwick also has as heartwarming a story. The 50-1 shot is named after owner Jeremia Rudan's mother, who died in a fire when he was 19, and is running for Kevin McKathan two years after the trainer lost his brother because of a heart attack. He does have a strong pedigree as the son of 2007 Preakness winner Curlin.

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All Times EDTNorth DivisionWLPct.GBWichita (Minnesota)2112.636—Tulsa (L.A. Dodgers)2113.618½NW Arkansas (Kansas City)1618.4715½Arkansas (Seattle)1619.4576Springfield (St. Louis)1421.4008

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Ismail Elfath is the lone American among 36 referees selected by FIFA for this year’s World Cup. The 40-year-old was born in Morocco, moved to the U.S. when he was 18 and refereed his first Major League Soccer match in 2012. Elfath worked a semifinal of the 2019 Club World Cup, three games at last year’s Olympics and at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. In August 2016, he was the referee for the first on-field test of the Video Assistant Referee during a game between New York Red Bulls II and Orlando City B in the USL League Championship.

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Tiger Woods is starting to face an uphill battle early in the PGA Championship. Woods was 2-under par at Southern Hills until he ran into trouble off the tee and around the greens on multiple holes. That led to four bogeys in a five-hole stretch. That leaves him at 2 over. And he doesn't need a leaderboard to see where he stands. Rory McIlroy is playing alongside Woods. He made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 2 to reach 5 under through 11 holes. He’s already seven shots ahead of Woods and Jordan Spieth, who also is in the feature group.

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Syracuse University and JMA Wireless announced a 10-year partnership for naming rights of the university’s iconic indoor stadium. That means the name Carrier will be replaced for the first time since the venue opened in 1980. It will be called the JMA Wireless Dome. Terms of the deal were not revealed. Carrier Global Corp. agreed in April to end its hold on naming rights to the venue. Carrier inked a $2.75 million deal with the university in 1979 for naming rights in perpetuity, a financial mistake the school had been trying to rectify.

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Marcus Smart is hoping to play. Al Horford is likely to remain out. And Derrick White headed home early for a good reason. The Boston Celtics were hoping to have at least one of their missing starters back for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami on Thursday. Smart’s mid-foot sprain has improved to the point where the Celtics are expecting he can play. Horford remained in the NBA’s health and safety protocols with more test results pending. And White left Miami early because of the looming birth of a child.

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Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is firing back at Alabama coach Nick Saban. Fisher called Saban a “narcissist” and said his comments about the Aggies are “despicable.” Saban called out Texas A&M earlier this week, suggesting the school essentially bought top recruits through endorsement deals. Fisher says he did not take a call from Saban and declared: “We're done.”

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Italian cyclist Stefano Oldani has claimed his first professional victory by winning the 12th and longest stage of the Giro d’Italia. Juan Pedro López kept the pink jersey. Oldani edged compatriot Lorenzo Rota by half a bike length and Dutch cyclist Gijs Leemreize was third at the end of the 204-kilometer (127-mile) route from Parma to Genoa. All three riders had been part of a large breakaway. López maintained his 12-second lead overall from Richard Carapaz and João Almeida. The Giro finishes on May 29 in Verona.

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(All times Eastern)Schedule subject to change and/or blackoutsFriday, May 20AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL5:30 a.m. (Saturday)

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Kylian Mbappe may play his last game for Paris Saint-Germain when the French league season ends on Saturday. The champions will host struggling Metz with Mbappe looking to add to his league-leading 25 goals and his overall tally of 168 since joining PSG from Monaco for $190 million. Mbappe has yet to reveal what he will be doing when his contract ends next month. Reports link him with a move to Champions League finalist Real Madrid. The race for second place between Monaco and Marseille is going to the wire. And so is the relegation battle with storied clubs Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne in deep trouble.

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Bobsled and skeleton World Cup races will return to North America this fall for the first time since before the pandemic began. That gives U.S. and Canadian athletes a chance to compete on home ice again. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has decided to start the 2022-23 season with three stops in the U.S. and Canada before the Christmas break. The tour will open on the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, Canada, from Nov. 22-27, then moves to the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah, from Nov. 29-Dec. 4. It then goes to Lake Placid, New York, for two events from Dec. 7-18.

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House lawmakers have approved a symbolic resolution calling for the restoration of the Ohio State University's football team's 2010 season that was vacated after a memorabilia-for-cash scandal. The resolution sponsored by Rep. Brian Stewart, an Ohio State graduate, calls on the NCAA to reinstate the team's 2010 record and wins. The season was vacated following revelations that players in 2009 and 2010 accepted cash and free or discounted tattoos from a Columbus tattoo parlor owner and also traded memorabilia like championship rings for cash. Stewart notes that the NCAA now allows players to be compensated for use of their name, image and likeness.

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Spanish state prosecutors have opened an investigation into the contracts behind the country's Super Cup soccer matches in Saudi Arabia following leaked audio between the president of the federation and player Gerard Piqué regarding millions of dollars in commissions. The state prosecutors’ office tells The Associated Press that an anti-corruption investigation was initiated recently. The stolen audio reveals that Piqué helped to negotiate a $25.3 million commission to take the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia. Piqué’s company would have pocketed $4.2 million per tournament. Pique and federation president Luis Rubiales deny wrongdoing.

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Sportlight-Week Ahead, May 20-26, Take two

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Sportlight-Week Ahead, May 20-26, Two Takes

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France coach Didier Deschamps left out veteran forward Olivier Giroud and called up uncapped Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara for Nations League games next month. The AC Milan striker is only three behind Thierry Henry’s national scoring record of 51 goals. Defending champion France has four games in June. France hosts Denmark on June 3, travels to Croatia on June 6 and Austria on June 10 then returns home to play Croatia on June 13. Deschamps did not rule out the 35-year-old Giroud being selected for the World Cup this year. He says he wants to give game time to other players such as Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku.

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Manchester City has history on its side ahead of the final-day title showdown with Liverpool in the English Premier League. Sunday will mark the ninth time in the Premier League era beginning in 1992 that the title race has been decided in the last round. On each of the previous eight occasions the team in first place before kickoff went on to clinch the championship. City leads Liverpool by one point and they both finish with home games. City plays Aston Villa and Liverpool plays Wolverhampton. Every league leader playing at home to finish the season has won that game though some were more nervy than others.

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Female referees will make World Cup history this year by working games at a major men’s tournament for the first time in Qatar. FIFA has picked three female referees and three female assistant referees among 129 officials for World Cup duty. French referee Stéphanie Frappart has already worked men’s games in World Cup qualifying and the Champions League. FIFA’s list also includes a man who caused controversy when refereeing a chaotic African Cup of Nations game in January. Janny Sikazwe of Zambia later explained he was suffering with heatstroke.

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Baseball great Alex Rodriguez is taking a swing at mixed martial arts as an investor and board member for the Professional Fighters League. The PFL announced the addition of the former Yankees superstar to its board of directors. Rodriguez’s investment is part of what the PFL says is $30 million in new funding to back its global expansion and the establishment of a pay-per-view super-fight division. The funding round was led by Waverley Capital, investor Edgar Bronfman Jr.’s media-focused venture capital fund. Rodriguez’s playing career ended in 2016. He has since worked extensively on numerous media platforms.

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Manchester City’s defensive problems appear to have improved ahead of the final round of the English Premier League on Sunday when the team requires a victory over Aston Villa to ensure retaining the title. Right back Kyle Walker and center back John Stones have returned to training despite having previously been ruled out for the remainder of the season by City manager Pep Guardiola. Guardiola might say at his weekly news conference on Friday whether Walker and Stones are available for the game against Villa. Guardiola fielded a makeshift defense that struggled in a 2-2 draw at West Ham on Sunday. City is a point clear of second-placed Liverpool.

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When Rafael Borré struck the decisive penalty for Eintracht Frankfurt to win the Europa League with a 5-4 shootout win over Glasgow Rangers in Sevilla, Spain, late Wednesday, thousands of fans who packed Frankfurt’s home stadium to watch in Germany flipped out. Some 60,000 supporters in and around Frankfurt’s Waldstadion erupted in an ecstatic outburst of joy and relief, with fans screaming, jumping, pumping their fists in the air, hugging and roaring. City streets filled with cars honking for Frankfurt’s first European trophy since the 1980 UEFA Cup, the predecessor to the Europa League. Even the normally restrained Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner said, “I’m going to party till Saturday and I’m going on vacation on Sunday.”

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Granada, Mallorca and Cádiz will all try to avoid relegation from the Spanish league on the final day. One will go down and join the already relegated Levante and Alavés. Granada can ensure it stays up by beating Espanyol at home. Mallorca can do likewise if it wins at Osasuna. Cádiz must win at Alavés and have a rival lose to save itself. They all play on Sunday at the same time. Champion Real Madrid plays Real Betis on Friday in its final game before facing Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris.

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A soccer fan has pleaded guilty to assaulting Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp at the end of the team’s Championship playoff game against Nottingham Forest. Robert Biggs is a 30-year-old season-ticket holder at Forest. He ran onto the field after Tuesday’s game at the City Ground and headbutted Sharp to the ground near the touchline. Sharp had not played in the match because of injury and was standing with his hands in his pockets. He required four stitches to a wound on his lip. Biggs appeared at a hearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court and admitted to the offense. It was described by prosecutors as a “deliberate and senseless act of violence.”