Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team because he has Alzheimer’s disease.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to practice less than eight months after suffering a season-ending knee injury. The star tight end is expected to be on the field on Thursday for the New England Patriots first public practice of training camp. UPCOMING
– NEW YORK – Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail.
– PLA D’ADET, France – Poland’s Rafal Majka has won the 17th stage of the Tour de France in a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees. Vincenzo Nibali trailed by about a minute and gained key seconds on his main rivals as he retained the leader’s yellow jersey that he’s worn for all but two stages this year
– NFL preseason previews on teams from the AFC North and NFC North
– LOS ANGELES – Steve Sarkisian is back under the Hollywood spotlight when Southern California’s new coach assesses his Trojans at the Pac-12’s media days at Paramount Studios. Oregon’s Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota also discuss the league’s upcoming season.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are racing, in part, because they have the support of the National Guard. On Wednesday, the NASCAR and IndyCar stars are showing their support of the troops as they travel to Camp Atterbury on a Blackhawk helicopter – just as festivities for the Brickyard 400 are about to ramp up.
-OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The International Crown has little to do with individual glory. It’s about winning for your country, which is why 32 LPGA stars representing eight countries can’t wait to compete in match-play for the right to be recognized as the world’s best golf nation.