Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– Rafael Nadal’s wrist injury forces him to pull out of the U.S. Open for the second time in three years, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.
– LOS ANGELES – New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer greets fans for the first time at a festival, joined by coach Doc Rivers and players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Event starts 3:30 p.m.
– WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army graduate and former coach Mike Krzyzewski brings the U.S. national team back to his old campus for a day of activities and an open practice in front of military personnel and families.
– NEW YORK – CBS is devoting valuable time slots – Thursday nights in the fall – to NFL games this season. A few years ago, that might have been unthinkable to the traditional broadcast networks.
– LANDOVER, Md. – Johnny Manziel gets his final chance to claim the starting quarterback job in his duel with Brian Hoyer when the Cleveland Browns play the Washington Redskins. Game starts 8 p.m.
– AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson is not sure if he’s starting against Arkansas with starter Nick Marshall held out. But Johnson is sure of this: Marshall will win the Heisman Trophy.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Ohio State gushing yards and points last season, Coach Urban Meyer assessed his defensive backfield and decided to tear the whole thing down.
– BARCELONA, Spain – Neymar and Luis Suarez are much in the spotlight when Barcelona tunes up for its Spanish league season against the Mexican club Leon.
– MANCHESTER, England – Chris Froome, the 2013 Tour de France winner, will ride in the Spanish Vuelta after wrist and hand fractures forced him from this summer’s Tour.