BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

– LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The IOC will explore ''legal options'' regarding a possible total ban of the Russian team from Rio Olympics. It also will investigate allegations that Russia sabotaged the Sochi Games.

– GENEVA – The top court in international sports is hearing an appeal by 68 Russian athletes contesting the decision by track and field's ruling body to ban the Russian team because of widespread doping.

– RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio Olympic organizers suggest that slow ticket sales could result in many half-filled venues, particularly sports that have little following in Brazil.

– LAS VEGAS – NBA star Carmelo Anthony says he wants a country safe from gun violence and is urging his Olympic teammates to be activists.

– TROON, Scotland – Tiger Woods isn't the only player chasing Jack Nicklaus in the majors. So is Phil Mickelson. He now is second on the career list of runner-up finishes in the majors.

– BOSTON – Jake Peavy starts against his former teammates when the first-place San Francisco Giants play the Red Sox. Rick Porcello (11-2) goes for Boston, winners of eight of 10. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

– Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Jordy Nelson and Keenan Allen are among the NFL stars who wound up on injured reserve in 2015.

– CLEVELAND – Browns running back Isaiah Crowell attended the funeral of a slain Dallas police officer. Crowell had come under heavy criticism for posting an illustration on social media of an officer being killed.

– Big 12 presidents again discuss expansion, though it is unclear if they will make a final decision on adding two, four – or no – teams. The board will also hear from Baylor and its response to a sexual assault scandal.

– BERN, Switzerland – The Tour de France heads toward the Alps, leaving Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde few chances to derail Chris Froome's bid for a third title in four years. Tuesday is a rest day.

– HARTFORD, Conn. – More than 50 ex-wrestlers say in a lawsuit that World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is responsible for their long-term neurological damage. WWE denies the allegations.