Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– SALVADOR, Brazil – Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey know this could be their last World Cup. They could define it as a success if the U.S. beats Belgium on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals.
– Monday’s two round 16 games at the World Cup are between European and African teams: France vs. Nigeria (noon) and Germany vs. Algeria (4 p.m.).
– LONDON – Wimbledon begins its second week, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray trying to reach the quarterfinals. John Isner, the last American singles player, is eliminated.
– NEW YORK – The Bucks and Brooklyn Nets agree to a deal allowing Jason Kidd to become Milwaukee’s coach, the AP is told. The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 and 2019.
– The NBA begins free agency Tuesday when the balanced basketball of the champion San Antonio Spurs gives way to a star-driven market led by LeBron James and other marquee names.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – Experts conclude Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from mental illness when he killed his girlfriend. The Olympian’s murder trial resumes after a month break.
– LONDON – The Ukrainian city of Lviv withdraws its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics because of the ongoing political crisis. It is the third contender to drop out. The host will be selected next summer.
– DETROIT – In a game between division leaders, the Tigers and Athletics open a series. Detroit leads the AL Central by 3 1/2 games; Oakland is up by 5 1/2 in the AL West. Game starts 7:08 p.m.
– DES MOINES, Iowa – Manny Ramirez has a new role – player/coach. He is expected to play one to two games a week for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs while mentoring Chicago’s most promising prospects.