Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– NEW YORK – The judge presiding over the ”Deflategate” case hopes to rule before the NFL opens its season on whether the league was justified in suspending New England quarterback Tom Brady for four games. But he urged a settlement, calling it a ”logical and rational option.” SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
– PHILADELPHIA – Mo’ne Davis was the talk of the sports world and beyond after becoming the first female to win a game in the Little League World Series. Her success has inspired other girls to pursue baseball, though no girls will be playing for the championship at Williamsport when the 16-team tournament starts Thursday. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 1 p.m.
– SPARTANBURG, S.C. – From cold tubs to hyperbaric chambers, from foam rollers to cryotherapy, players will do anything they can to help them recovery from an intense training camp practice and get ready for the next day. 900 words, photos by 1 p.m.
– Injuries seem to be a bigger issue than ever before for the NBA and its players. With that in mind, the union created a new position to try to delve into a complicated problem and reduce the number of games lost. Joe Rogowski chats with the AP about getting started. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m.
– Michael Waltrip’s rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season. SENT: 600 words.
– JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius’ release from prison was put on hold by South Africa’s Department of Justice, which said his case must be reviewed again by a parole board because he was approved to be moved to house arrest too early. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words.
– TUCSON, Ariz. – Football teams have come to rely on bye weeks to recharge, recover from injuries or get ready for a rivalry game. With a reduction in dates to schedule games, the opportunities to for byes have become far fewer, forcing some teams to play 12 straight weeks to start the season. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.
– College football team previews from the ACC Coastal, Big 12 West and Big Ten West.
-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The Patriots join the Saints for two days of practices at a secluded resort. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Saints coach Sean Payton are known for finding creative ways to get an edge, but their teams have also drawn unusual scrutiny and heavy sanctions from the NFL. UPCOMING, 700 word by 5 p.m.
– GREENSBORO, N.C. – It’s now or never for so many players at the Wyndham Championship, the last chance to qualify for golf’s postseason. For a change, that also goes for the biggest name in the sport – Tiger Woods, who’s playing here for the first time. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
– HOUSTON – Astros ace Dallas Keuchel looks to improve to 12-0 at home against the Rays and rookie Nathan Karns. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Starts 8:10 p.m.
– CHICAGO – Jon Lester looks to win his fifth consecutive decision as the Cubs take on the Tigers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts 8:05 p.m.
– CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Six weeks after winning the Women’s World Cup, the United States continues its victory tour against Costa Rica for the second time this week. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Starts 6:30 p.m.