BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. EDT:

– NEW YORK – The Rangers are in Madison Square Garden for a critical Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings won the first two games in Los Angeles, both sent to overtime. Game starts 8 p.m.

– MIAMI – The Heat are back home to play San Antonio on Tuesday night in Game 3 of a tied NBA Finals. Dwyane Wade thinks no team is better built for the mental strain of a finals than Miami.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – A trial begins that could reshape the way college sports is run. At issue is whether the NCAA can use images of players in broadcasts and video games without paying players.

– NEW YORK – California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn is ”very ashamed” and apologizes for saying Belmont winner Tonalist took ”the coward’s way out” by skipping the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

– RIO DE JANEIRO – It’s the tale of two World Cups. One will be played on the field. The other will be in the streets of a moody nation not yet convinced that hosting the event is worth the price.

– SAO PAULO – The U.S. arrives for its seventh straight World Cup. After spending the 2010 tournament in South African suburbs, the Americans have gone back to the city this year.

– PORTLAND, Ore. – Nike, Adidas, Puma and other shoe manufacturers are trotting out innovative looks for the World Cup. When play opens in Brazil on Thursday, there will be an array of cleats on the field.

– PARIS – His ninth French Open title behind him, Rafael Nadal is already thinking toward what’s next: Wimbledon.

– PINEHURST, N.C. – The first official day of practice beings on a Pinehurst No. 2 course that looks nothing as it did for the previous two U.S. Opens.

– More than four years after saying he had no reason to be sorry, USA Swimming chief Chuck Weilgus finally apologizes to victims of sexual abuse.

– SAN FRANCISCO – Winners of five straight and with the best record in baseball, the Giants open a three-game series against the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg starts for Washington. Game starts 10:15 p.m.

– MONTREAL – Just when it seemed Mercedes was ready to drive away with the Formula One title, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the Canadian Grand Prix, a reminder that there is a lot of time left in the season.