Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
– NBA commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for life. But what legal roadblocks must the league overcome before the exile sticks?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-one horses have been entered for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, one more than the maximum field of 20. Leading the way is California Chrome, winner of the Santa Anita Derby.
– SAN JOSE, Calif. -The Los Angeles Kings look to become the fourth NHL team to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games when they visit the San Jose Sharks in the winner-take-all seventh game.
– DENVER – The last time Patrick Roy was involved in a Game 7, he was eliminated by the Minnesota Wild, bringing an end to his Hall of Fame goaltending career. As the first-year coach of the Colorado Avalanche, he’s reminding his youthful team to embrace the moment before the decisive game against the Wild on Wednesday night. The winner moves on to play the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m.
– NEW YORK – The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers meet in Game 7 of their NHL playoff series a day after Wayne Simmonds scored three goals to force the game.
– SAN ANTONIO – The top-seeded Spurs return to San Antonio for a pivotal Game 5 in a first-round series with the Dallas Mavericks after each team split a pair on the opponent’s home court.
– HOUSTON – LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers can advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000 with a win over the Houston Rockets.
– TORONTO – The scrappy Raptors have regained homecourt advantage and host the Brooklyn Nets with their first-round series tied 1-1.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya will lead a large pack of IndyCar drivers onto the speedway’s new road course
– IRVING, Texas – Lexi Thompson got a congratulatory text from Nancy Lopez and a letter from Arnold Palmer. There was a trip to Germany and a commercial shoot with Usain Bolt. A lot has happened since the 19-year-old American became a major champion three weeks ago. Now it’s time to get back on the course.