BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– SAO PAULO – In their insulated bubble at the World Cup, American soccer players are logging on and finding out about the huge increase in support back home as Tuesday’s game against Belgium nears.
– Two round of 16 games at the World Cup: Netherlands vs. Mexico (noon) and Costa Rica vs. Greece (4 p.m.).
– LONDON – Wimbledon breaks for an off day before the second week. The familiar faces in the men’s draw – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer – are around. Not so among the women.
– NEW YORK – The NBA’s free-agent frenzy starts Tuesday, with all manner of subplots involving LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony, among others.
– BETHESDA, Md. – Patrick Reed is two shots in front going into the final round of the Quicken Loans National. He is bidding for his fourth PGA Tour title in 10 months.
– ROGERS, Ark. – Michelle Wie leads by two strokes entering the last round of the NW Arkansas Championship and is in position for consecutive LPGA Tour victories for the first time in her career.
– PITTSBURGH – Bernhard Langer takes a three-shot lead over defending champion Kenny Perry into the final round of the Senior Players Championship.
– PHILADELPHIA – With the salary cap set and 210 new NHL players selected, teams await the free agency signing period that begins Tuesday.
– The last big wave of realignment among major college conferences officially comes this week, with Louisville moving to the ACC and Maryland and Rutgers joining the Big Ten. Have things quieted down at last?
– LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw pitches at Dodger Stadium for the first time since his no-hitter, looking to go to 6-0 in a spectacular June when Los Angeles faces the St. Louis Cardinals. Game starts 4 p.m.
– HOUSTON – IndyCar completes its two-day doubleheader on the temporary street course at Reliant Park, where drier weather is expected after the rain-soaked first race. Race starts 4 p.m.
– SPARTA, Ky. – After his victory at Kentucky Speedway, Brad Keselowski heads to Daytona showing some of the form that carried him to the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship.