BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
– PARIS – That wave of upsets sweeping the French Open spares eight-time champion Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Andy Murray, with all advancing to the third round.
– WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama urges more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over the scope of the problem and long-term impact on youngsters.
– SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs left San Antonio in command after Game 2. They come home with the Western Conference finals tied and the Thunder revived thanks to Serge Ibaka’s return. Game starts 9 p.m.
– MIAMI – The Miami Heat, rocked by a dazzling performance by the Pacers’ Paul George, lead the Eastern Conference finals 3-2 entering Game 6 on Friday night.
– NEW YORK – The Rangers return home for their second chance to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. The Montreal Canadiens staved off elimination with a home win in Game 5. Game starts 8 p.m.
– EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Kings spent much of the past month avoiding playoff elimination, so they can respect the Chicago Blackhawks’ resilience in their double-overtime victory. Game 6 on Friday night.
– DUBLIN, Ohio – Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson lead a strong field for the start of the Memorial. Last week, Scott won the Colonial in his first event as the No. 1 player.
– TORONTO – The Blue Jays, leading the AL East and winners of nine straight, play a Kansas City Royals team that has lost four in a row. Game starts 7:07 p.m.
– STANFORD, Calif. – Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. team wraps up its two-week World Cup training camp. The Americans play Turkey in a tuneup game Sunday in New Jersey.
– DETROIT – Ryan Hunter-Reay, the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500, will get two chances to keep his run going during IndyCar races Saturday and Sunday in the Motor City.
– DESTIN, Fla. – SEC basketball teams are trying to raise their profile in a football powerhouse conference. Tougher nonconference schedules could be one step.
– LONDON – Few Manchester United fans will forgive the late Malcolm Glazer for his acrimonious buyout of the club that left one the world’s most famous teams with millions of dollars of debt.