BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
MAY 16, 2014 12:36p ET
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
- BALTIMORE - California Chrome has run away from the competition in five consecutive victories. The chestnut colt goes for the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday at the Preakness.
- The ulnar collateral ligament is the talk of baseball. More than a dozen major league pitchers needed Tommy John surgery this year. Says Commissioner Bud Selig: ''It's a problem. There's no question about it.''
- ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Ducks and Kings settle the first postseason Freeway Faceoff in Game 7. Anaheim has won three of the last four in this Western Conference semifinal. Game starts 9 p.m.
- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Michael Phelps resumes his comeback at the Charlotte Grand Prix, swimming the second-fastest time in the 100-meter butterfly after putting up the eighth-best time in the 200 freestyle.
- PITTSBURGH - The Penguins fire general manager Ray Shero and will evaluate the status of coach Dan Bylsma following the team's latest playoff flameout.
- The New York Rangers and Canadiens, both coming off Game 7 victories in the second round and getting great play from their goaltenders, open the Eastern Conference finals Saturday in Montreal.
- CHICAGO - The NBA draft combine wraps up after two days, with many of the top prospects in town hoping to boost their stock.
- IRVING, Texas - David Duval, ranked 890th in the world 15 years after being No. 1, begins the second round at the Byron Nelson Championship one stroke behind leader Peter Hanson.
- WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Azahara Munoz and Austin Ernst take one-shot leads into the second round of the rain-delayed Kingsmill Championship on the LPGA Tour.
- BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Chien Soon Lu and Olin Browne share the lead entering the second round of the Regions Tradition, a major on the Champions Tour.
- HOUSTON - No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina takes the field with the Houston Texans for the first time when the team begins rookie minicamp.
- The U.S. women's national soccer team is expected to announce its new coach, leading to next year's women's World Cup. News conference 2 p.m.
- ROME - Sara Errani, baked by a home crowd, beats Li Na to reach the semifinals of the Italian Open, an important tuneup for the French Open.
- ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says it's a ''mistake'' to hold 2022 World Cup in the searing summer heat of Qatar.