BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– ATLANTA – The Cleveland Cavaliers look to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks, who may be without key player DeMarre Carroll. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– HOUSTON – Stephen Curry has been playing like the MVP he is to help the Golden State Warriors to a 2-0 lead over the Rockets in the Western Conference finals. The series shifts to Houston on Saturday.
– TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning are up 2-1 entering Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, with the New York Rangers needing to tighten their defense. Game starts 8 p.m.
– CHICAGO – Anaheim is making the most of tipped goals. It got another during a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks that gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Game 4 is Saturday.
– MONTREAL – Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, signs with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. The free-agent defensive end agrees to a two-year deal.
– PARIS – Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced at Roland Garros.
– FORT WORTH, Texas – Masters champion Jordan Spieth, back home in North Texas, is part of a four-way tie for the lead going into the second round at soggy Colonial.
– INDIANAPOLIS – The final practice for the Indianapolis 500 is held, with drivers and officials hoping for a safe day after four spectacular crashes in the last week.
– CONCORD, N.C. – Kurt Busch recalls the frenzy from a year ago when he was driving in the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. He’s now happy to concentrate on the NASCAR race.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In an interleague game between teams with the two best records in baseball, the Cardinals and Royals renew their I-70 Series at Kauffman Stadium. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
– DENVER – Fresh off a sweep of the Dodgers and gaining ground in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants go for their seventh straight victory when they open a series against the Rockies. Game starts 6:40 p.m.
– BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – SEC Commissioner Mike Slive talks to the AP before presiding over his final spring meetings. Among the issues to be discussed are player compensation and the transition to Greg Sankey.
– GENEVA – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has never been implicated in personal corruption, but soccer’s governing body has often seemed relaxed about wrongdoing linked to senior officials.
– SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The bull-riding circuit has taken steps to reduce concussions, but without success. As the riders see it, they must compete to make money.