BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– LONDON – Five-time champion Venus Williams beats Johanna Konta to reach the Wimbledon final. She will play for the title against Garbine Muguruza, who routed Magdalena Rybarikova.
– BEDMINSTER, N.J. – After months of complaints about the choice of Trump National for the U.S. Women’s Open, the tournament begins with Brittany Lang the defending champion.
– BALTIMORE – Bernhard Langer and John Daly open play in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, the fourth of five majors on the circuit.
– TROON, Scotland – Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler and Alex Noren – all ranked in the top 10 – highlight start of Scottish Open.
– SILVIS, Ill. – The John Deere Classic begins, with FedEx Cup spots on line. The defending champ is Ryan Moore, who is playing for the first time since the Memorial.
– NEW YORK – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor bring their smack-talking promotion to Brooklyn leading to their Aug. 26 fight in Las Vegas. Event starts 7 p.m.
– CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs, scuffling and inconsistent since winning the World Series, acquire ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox in a major trade between crosstown rivals.
– LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers will come out of the All-Star break at 61-29, the first time since 2009 they have the majors’ best record at this point. They are on course for 100 wins.
– Baseball enters its second half, and some young player from the minors might lead a team to the playoffs – just like Kyle Schwarber, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner did the last two seasons.
– PEYRAGUDES, France – Three-time champion Chris Froome loses the yellow jersey to Fabio Aru after the first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France. The 12th stage is won by Romain Bardet.
– DENVER – Nuggets expected to introduce Paul Millsap. The four-time All-Star forward agreed to a three-year, $90 million deal.
– Eight NBA summer league games: Pelicans-Spurs, Nuggets-Nets, Warriors-Celtics, Heat-Clippers, Suns-Grizzlies, Kings-Mavericks, Trail Blazers-Raptors, Lakers-Cavaliers.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clemson has played in two straight national championship games and won last year’s title, though things figure to be a little tougher in 2017.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is back for a new challenge – trying to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner.
– HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC has had scant star power – and no high draft picks – at quarterback the past few seasons. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts could change that.