BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– SAN ANTONIO – Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons, marking the end of an era for the San Antonio Spurs and the NBA. He leaves with five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances.
– TROON, Scotland – Jordan Spieth withdraws from the Olympics, leaving golf without its top four players when the sport returns to the games for the first time since 1904.
– LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Maria Sharapova is definitively out of Olympics, with her doping ban appeal postponed until September.
– LOS ANGELES – The UFC is sold for about $4 billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG. Dana White will stay on to run UFC, which has grown into a global entertainment brand.
– SAN DIEGO – The midseason break for the All-Star Game provides a cautious reminder for the Chicago Cubs. There is still a long way to go before the team can win its first title since 1908.
– SAN DIEGO – Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox tries to defend his Home Run Derby title the day before the All-Star Game. Contest starts 8 p.m.
– LONDON – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray knows from heartache at Grand Slam finals. The key to winning for him might have been realizing he could live with losing.
– TROON, Scotland – Jason Day is motivated more by failure than success. His rise to No. 1 began last year at the British Open when he left short a putt to join a playoff at St. Andrews.
– SAN JOSE, Calif. – It's not one thing – the artistry, the athleticism or the smile. It's all of it when it comes to U.S. gymnast Simone Biles. Even Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton is in awe.
– BERGISCH-GLADBACH, Germany – Oksana Chusovitina of Germany will compete at her seventh Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. At 41, she will be the oldest Olympic female gymnast in history.
– PARIS – France has lost the European Championship but can claim victory on another front – making it safely through the monthlong tournament while in a state of emergency and on high alert.
– LISBON, Portugal – Tens of thousands of people greet the Portugal team when it arrives home a day after winning the European Championship for its first major trophy.
– ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra – Chris Froome is finally receiving acclaim from roadside fans at the Tour de France. It's quite a turnaround from last year. Monday is a rest day on the Tour.