BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

– BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming faces nine rivals Saturday in the Preakness, with rival Classic Empire looking to avenge his poor run two weeks ago.

– BALTIMORE – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas may not have a horse going in the Preakness, but he’s thrilled to see protege Todd Pletcher saddling the Derby winner.

– BOSTON – Rested and rolling, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers try to take a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – The Spurs’ Zaza Pachulia knows he’s a marked man in Saturday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in San Antonio. The Golden State Warriors are up 2-0.

– OTTAWA, Ontario – The Pittsburgh Penguins, their goalie situation unclear, trail the Ottawa Senators 2-1 going into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game starts 8 p.m.

– ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Nashville Predators, tied 2-2 in the Western Conference finals, enter Game 5 Saturday against an Anaheim Ducks team that has a knack for escaping tough spots.

– DETROIT – The Texas Rangers, winners of nine straight, play the Detroit Tigers in a game between second-place teams. Texas won all eight on its recent homestand. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – Boston’s Chris Sale goes for his record-tying eighth straight double-digit strikeout game when the Red Sox play the Athletics. Game starts 9:35 p.m.

– ROME – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic try to reach the Italian Open semifinals. In the women’s quarterfinals, Venus Williams plays Garbine Muguruza.

– LONDON – Maria Sharapova will play in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. She returned last month from a doping ban and will not seek a wild card for the tournament she won in 2004.

– IRVING, Texas – James Hahn and Ricky Barnes are tied for the lead going into the second round of the Byron Nelson, with hometown favorite Jordan Spieth four strokes behind.

– WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Lexi Thompson is up by one shot entering the second round of the Kingsmill Championship. Top-ranked Lydia Ko is among those two back.

– BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen, Jeff Sluman, Miguel Angel share the lead after the opening round of the Regions Tradition in Alabama, the year’s first senior major.

– INDIANAPOLIS – Team Penske has won all five poles this season and shows no signs of slowing down heading into Sunday’s nine-car pole shootout leading to the Indianapolis 500.

– Beach volleyball has a new ally in its attempt to grow from Olympic phenomenon to every-year attraction: ESPN. The AP is told the sport has entered an agreement with the network.

– LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The IOC could decide June 9 to award Olympic host rights for 2024 and 2028. Paris and Los Angeles both want only the 2024 Summer Games.