BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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:

– Rory McIlroy won’t be back to defend his title in the British Open. The world’s No. 1 player announced Wednesday that a ruptured ligament in his left ankle will keep him from St. Andrews to play in the British Open. McIlroy said he injured his ankle while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland over the weekend. He will be the first player to not defend his Open title since Ben Hogan in 1954.

– LONDON – Despite losing serve for the first time all tournament, Roger Federer is back in familiar territory – closing in on another Wimbledon title. Federer overwhelmed Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals at the All England Club for the 10th time, and to the final four of a Grand Slam tournament for the 37th time. Federer, chasing a record eighth Wimbledon title and his 18th Grand Slam championship, will face 2013 champion Andy Murray in Friday’s semifinals. Murray beat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to reach his sixth Wimbledon semifinal.

– LONDON – The NFL will stage at least two regular-season games each season at Premier League club Tottenham’s new London stadium over a 10-year period. Tottenham is hoping to move into a new 61,000-seat venue adjacent to its current White Hart Lane stadium in 2018. It will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for American football.

– ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins’ trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. The ruling by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board.

– MINNEAPOLIS – Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick, hits the court for the first time in a Timberwolves uniform during the team’s summer showcase, a scrimmage including Andrew Wiggins and other young players that is expected to draw more than 10,000 fans.

– CAMBRAI, France -German Andre Greipel won the rain-drenched fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish, while countryman rider Tony Martin kept the yellow jersey and the main Tour contenders stayed safe as others tumbled around them in crashes.

– BUDAPEST, Hungary – The city of Budapest and the Hungarian Olympic Committee have announced their intention to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

– LOS ANGELES – The Reebok fighter uniforms aren’t the only new look debuting for the UFC this weekend. The promotion is revamping nearly every other aspect of its visual presentation, from its logo to its fight posters to its TV broadcasts, with the help of a Hollywood design firm that found simplicity in a sometimes messy sport.