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:
– RIO DE JANEIRO – The impeachment and suspension of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff could actually help the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, shifting the focus from politics to sports.
– PARIS – French prosecutors say $2 million associated with Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympics was apparently paid to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former IAAF president.
– LONDON – The IOC ''would not hesitate'' to retest drug samples from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi if there is evidence doping controls were manipulated, the Olympic body tells the AP.
– MONTREAL – Athletes around the world are urging the World Anti-Doping Agency to use its influence to ensure Russians be banned from this summer's Olympics if there's no guarantee they are clean.
– OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder, backed by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, can oust the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 and reach the Western Conference finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– MIAMI – The Miami Heat try to avoid elimination and force Game 7 when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 on Friday night in a series where injuries keep mounting.
– ORLANDO, Fla. – Scott Skiles resigns as Orlando Magic coach after one year, a somewhat surprising decision that comes about a month after a 35-47 season.
– SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Sharks and Predators go to Game 7, with a spot in the Western Conference final at stake. San Jose, however, was a stronger road team this season. Game starts 9 p.m.
– ARLINGTON, Va. – A record number of second-round games went to overtime, and most were settled quickly. Physical and mental factors explain why.
– PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jordan Spieth, playing for the first time since losing a five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters, is part of golf's strongest field in The Players Championship.
– BALTIMORE – The last time trainer Doug O'Neill brought a Kentucky Derby winner to Baltimore, he captured the Preakness with I'll Have Another. Now he readies Nyquist for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
– WASHINGTON – Max Scherzer's record-tying 20-strikeout performance was only the latest in a series of newsworthy moments for the Washington Nationals, one right after the other.
– BOSTON – In a matchup of struggling Cy Young Award winners, Houston's Dallas Keuchel faces Boston's David Price. The Astros are coming of a 16-inning win Wednesday. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
– RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette retires following a serious neck injury last season in a game against Dallas.
– ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – U.S. moves a step closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating France 4-0.
– ROME – Roger Federer loses to Dominic Thiem in the third round of Italian Open but is encouraged that his ailing back held up. Serena Williams rallies past a qualifier.
– COLUMBUS, Neb. – Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley is making a goodwill tour across Nebraska, where college football is king. With a conference championship drought dating to 1999, he knows that fans want more.