Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– With the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and those Chicago Cubs all poised to make a playoff run, baseball’s second half sure is shaping up as a fun scramble. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m.
– ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – With a chance to match history at the home of golf, Jordan Spieth is trying to make the British Open feel like just another event. That might be one of his toughest challenges at St. Andrews. SENT: 700 words, photos: UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 p.m.
– LOS ANGELES – Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, where the year’s top athletes and sports moments are honored. Before coming out as a transgender woman earlier this year, she was known as Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 8 p.m. telecast.
– IRVING, Texas – Dez Bryant sounds willing to skip training camp and possibly regular-season games without a long-term contract. Wednesday is the deadline to get it. Otherwise, the All-Pro receiver who hasn’t signed his franchise tag tender will play on a one-year deal or not at all. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
– WASHINGTON – A Senate subcommittee holds a hearing to look into the FIFA corruption scandal in soccer. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.
– LAS VEGAS – In the first 24 hours of free agency, NBA teams and players agreed on more than $1 billion in new contracts. Within a week, that number was close to $3 billion – and the really big jump in the salary cap hasn’t happened yet. The dollar amounts are soaring, and it’s difficult for even the teams involved to keep up with what’s happening. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
– HOOVER, Ala. – Two years. Alabama has gone two years without winning a national title, which hardly qualifies as a drought even for a program Nick Saban has turned into an annual contender. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Expected by 1 p.m.
– ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Following the path of everyone from Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson will cross the Swilcan Bridge one more time this week, wrapping up a brilliant British Open career that included five championships. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.
– CAUTERETS, France – Rafal Majka led a solo breakaway to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France, dusting a small group of rivals on the hardest climb of Day 2 in the Pyrenees mountains as Chris Froome easily retained the yellow jersey. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
– TORONTO – Canada is out to finish second in the medal table in the Pan Am Games. The U.S. will top the table, but is looking more to Rio next year, which is the same for Olympic host Brazil. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.