BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– TROON, Scotland – Phil Mickelson follows his mighty 63 with a second-round 69 and is in front at the British Open, a stroke ahead of Henrik Stenson. Rory McIlroy is making his move; Jordan Spieth is struggling.
– TROON, Scotland – Clement Sordet is playing at the British Open, but his thoughts are with Nice. The waterfront attack happened about 500 yards from where the Frenchman lives.
– LA CAVERNE DU PONT-D'ARC, France – With security beefed up following the deadly Bastille Day attack, defending champion Chris Froome extends his overall lead at the Tour de France.
– Olympic marketers are making their pitch against a challenging backdrop: the loosening of ad restrictions for non-sponsors and an Olympics facing an array of challenges.
– Olympic previews on men's and women's basketball, tennis, boxing, weightlifting, judo, rowing, canoeing.
– LOUDON, N.H. – Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon could come out of retirement next weekend and drive if Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not cleared to race.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Super Bowl MVP Von Miller is mulling a six-year, $114.5 million offer from the Denver Broncos that now includes a record $70 million in guarantees.
– PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S., led by John Isner and Jack Sock, meets Croatia on the opening day of a Davis Cup quarterfinal. Marin Cilic and Borna Coric play for Croatia. Matches start 3 p.m.
– WASHINGTON – Stephen Strasburg (12-0) starts for the first-place Nationals, facing the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is the first NL starter in 104 years to win his first 12 decisions in a season. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– CHICAGO – In a matchup between two of baseball's best teams, the Cubs play the Rangers. Texas has lost nine of 12 but still leads the AL Central by 5 1/2 games. Game starts 2:20 p.m.
– DETROIT – All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer and the World Series champion Kansas City Royals return to play, taking on a Detroit Tigers team that sends Justin Verlander to the mound. Game starts 7 p.m.
– Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka says she is pregnant and plans to resume her tennis career after the baby is born.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty play Friday night, two WNBA teams that have been outspoken following two shootings by police.
– WACO, Texas – Jim Grobe, Baylor's acting head coach, says issues such as domestic violence and sexual assault will be turned over to officials at a university that has been rocked by scandal.
– HOOVER, Ala. – Alabama, backed by a fierce defense, is again the favorite to win the SEC while LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi and the rest of the league try to figure out a way to stop the Tide.