BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
MAY 17, 2014 11:57a ET
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
- BALTIMORE - Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the overwhelming favorite against nine rivals in the Preakness. If the chestnut colt with four white feet can win, he'll set himself up for a Triple Crown try in three weeks in the Belmont Stakes. Post time 6:18 p.m.
- MONTREAL - The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, both coming off Game 7 victories in the second round and getting great play from their goaltenders, open the Eastern Conference final. Game starts 1 p.m.
- CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR's annual All-Star race pits 23 drivers against each other at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a $1 million prize. Race starts 9:10 p.m.
- INDIANAPOLIS - On Memorial Day weekend, one of NASCAR's bad boys is trying to own the title of baddest man on the track by pulling off racing's version of an IronMan triathlon. In a single day, Kurt Busch will try to race in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, a feat tried by only a handful of drivers.
- INDIANAPOLIS - NBA fans are about to get the matchup they've wanted all season: Miami vs. Indiana. Yes, the top two teams in the Eastern Conference are right back where they started one year ago - only this time the Pacers have home-court advantage. And now they have to make sure they can protect the home court in Game 1 on Sunday.
- OKLAHOMA CITY - The Thunder expect defensive specialist Serge Ibaka to miss the rest of the playoffs with a calf injury. That forces other players into action and causes some adjustments for the Spurs, too, heading into the Western Conference finals.
- CHICAGO - Fresh off a dominant Game 7 victory at Anaheim, the Los Angeles Kings have little time to prepare for a rematch against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final. The series opens Sunday afternoon, a mere 36 hours or so after the Kings finished off the Ducks.
- BEREA, Ohio - With only local media members permitted to watch, Johnny Manziel participates in Cleveland's rookie minicamp with all eyes on the former Texas A&M quarterback, who has brought a much-needed buzz to the lowly Browns.
- INDIANAPOLIS - The 33 drivers at Indianapolis have spent this week getting ready for qualifying. They finally get the chance under a new two-day qualifying format that will award points - not determine any of the starting positions - for the May 25 Indianapolis 500.
- IRVING, Texas - Brendon Todd takes the lead into the third round of the Byron Nelson Championship. Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner last week, and 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir are among eight players two strokes back.
- INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Four-division Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez takes on Denver's Mike Alvarado in a welterweight bout heralding the return of boxing to the Forum, the revamped sports arena hosting its first fight night in 13 years. Both fighters are coming off a loss, but the winner likely faces Manny Pacquiao in the fall. Main event starts 11 p.m.