Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is the early 4-5 favorite for the $1.5 million Preakness against nine rivals in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Post time scheduled for 6:48 p.m.
– SAN ANTONIO – Kawhi Leonard is out again because of his sprained left ankle for Game 3 with the Spurs facing a 2-0 deficit against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. Game starts 9 p.m.
– ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Nashville Predators must make up for the loss of top scorer Ryan Johansen when they face Ryan Getzlaf and the Ducks in the pivotal Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Game starts 7:25 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – LeBron James popped a toothpick into his mouth following Friday’s game in Boston. Yes, he and the NBA champion Cavaliers feasted on the Celtics, who appear to be no match for Cleveland, which will continue a so-far-perfect romp through the playoffs at home on Sunday.
– PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins looked an awful lot like the team that won the Stanley Cup last spring when they evened their Eastern Conference final against Ottawa at 2. Game 5 is Sunday in Pittsburgh.
– DETROIT – The Texas Rangers put their 10-game winning streak on the line against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Game starts at 7 p.m.
– CONCORD. N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. headlines what should be his final All-Star race in the $1 million event. Race begins at 8 p.m.
– IRVING, Texas – Jason Kokrak leads by a Nelson-record five strokes going into the third round at TPC Four Seasons. Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 golfer, is six strokes back and tied for third.
– WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Lexi Thompson took a three-stroke over Gerina Piller into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship.
– NEW YORK – Undefeated Terence Crawford defends his two 140-pound titles against 2008 Olympic gold medalist Feliz Diaz in his first time fighting in Madison Square Garden’s main arena.
– MARLBOROUGH, Conn. – Bob Joyce has called six national championship games as the radio voice of the UConn women’s basketball team, but in the offseason he calls balls and strikes, pursuing his other passion as an high school baseball umpire.