BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– NEW YORK – Phil Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history and feuded with star Carmelo Anthony.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Defending Olympic swimming champions Katie Ledecky, Lilly King and Ryan Murphy headline the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis. Ledecky will compete in the 200-meter freestyle, King will compete in the 200 breaststroke and Murphy is competing in the men’s 200 backstroke. Finals start 6 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – Indians manager Terry Francona is expected back in the dugout following his second hospital trip this month as Cleveland continues its four-game series against the Texas Rangers, who won 2-1 Tuesday night after blowing a seven-run lead in the opener. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
– WASHINGTON – The Nationals turn to Stephen Strasburg in the third game of their four-game series against the Chicago Cubs, who start John Lackey. Earlier in the day, manager Joe Maddon and some of the Chicago Cubs visit the White House for an informal ”meet and greet” with President Donald Trump. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– OMAHA, Neb. – It would have been hard to forecast a national championship for Florida after it got swept in its Southeastern Conference opening series at Auburn. A mother later, the Gators started rolling.
– POTOMAC, Md. – Tiger Woods’ absence from golf isn’t just being felt on the course. The Quicken Loans National, which he usually hosts but will be without him this year as he’s being treated at a clinic for his use of prescription drugs, is doing its best to press on without him, but the buzz around the event has faded.
– In a relatively week free agent market, top players like Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Radulov are expected to get major paydays. More surprisingly, franchise mainstays Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau could leave San Jose as some upheaval is expected when the clock strikes noon on Saturday.
– KAZAN, Russia – European champion Portugal takes on South American champion Chile in the first semifinal of the Confederations Cup. Game starts 2 p.m.
– There is a different side to Lionel Messi that not everyone gets to see, and it will be a lighthearted and extroverted version of the Argentina star who will be the center of attention Friday in his hometown of Rosario, where he will be marrying childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in front of relatives, friends and teammates.