Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– ARGELES-GAZOST, France – Overall leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy wins the mountainous 18th stage of the Tour de France, essentially turning the showcase race into a competition for second place.
– NEW YORK – Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1, the AP is told. He was arrested this month on charges of driving while intoxicated.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning is at training camp for his third season with the Denver Broncos, trying to set aside last season’s humbling Super Bowl loss.
– GREEN BAY, Wis. – This is one large convention of Packers fans. Shareholders of the NFL’s only publicly owned team hold their annual meeting with Green Bay brass before training camp begins.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system ”broken,” the NCAA’s top cop talks to the AP about the task of policing more than 1,200 schools.
– ANAHEIM, Calif. – Max Scherzer faces Garrett Richards in a meeting of 11-game winners when the AL-Central leading Detroit Tigers open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Game starts 10 p.m.
– AUSTIN, Texas – Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander are charged with sexual assault and their arrests are pending, university police say.
– BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier starts his 10th season with the Gamecocks amid big expectations. His team is picked to win the SEC Eastern Division.
– MONTREAL – Mike Weir and fellow Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn open play in the Canadian Open, trying to end the country’s 60-year victory drought in the national championship.
– OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Thirty-two female golfers from eight countries compete in the first round of the International Crown, a match-play event over four days.
– PORTHCAWL, Wales – Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie highlight the opening round of the Senior British Open. Watson has won the event three times. Montgomerie won this month’s U.S. Senior Open.
– NEW YORK – Frank Lampard, a 36-year-old midfielder and former England star, signs with New York City FC. The MLS expansion club begins play in 2015.
– GLASGOW, Scotland – A Malaysian cyclist stages a Gaza protest on the track at the Commonwealth Games. The action by Azizulhasni Awang could bring disciplinary action.