BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
JUN 12, 2014 11:44a ET
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. EDT:
- RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil takes its big leap onto the global stage with the start of the World Cup. But which version will be on display? A festive Brazil or one of festering discontent?
- SAO PAULO - Brazil, hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1950, opens against Croatia in the first step of a bid for a sixth title and in a stadium not yet finished. Game starts 4 p.m.
- SAO PAULO - Police clash with protesters hours before the World Cup opener. At least four other protests are called for in Sao Paulo along with demonstrations in Rio and other cities.
- MIAMI - Coming off a record shooting spree in Game 3, the San Antonio Spurs look to open a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals against a Miami Heat team needing to toughen up on defense. Game starts 9 p.m.
- PINEHURST, N.C. - The U.S. Open begins on new-look Pinehurst No. 2, with Justin Rose the defending champion and Phil Mickelson attempting to win a tournament in which he's finished second six times.
- DENVER - Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen to undergo rehab for her severed spine at a suburban Denver hospital.
- COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates its 75th anniversary one day before a new Babe Ruth exhibit opens.