BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– STOCKHOLM – Against the backdrop of a deadly bomb attack in Manchester, England, the Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United takes place at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, where there is a heavy security presence. Game starts 2:45 p.m.
– BOSTON – The Cavaliers can wrap up their third straight Eastern Conference title and earn a week of rest with a win against Boston in Game 5 on Thursday night.
– PITTSBURGH – The Ottawa Senators have never won a Game 7 in franchise history. The Pittsburgh Penguins last won one two weeks ago. Another winner-take-all awaits in Game 7 on Thursday night of an unpredictable Eastern Conference final.
– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Pekka Rinne not only is the Predators’ longest-tenured player, the 34-year-old Finn also is Nashville’s backbone and probably the best goalie in the world at this moment. He’s certainly helped carry this 19-year-old franchise to their first Stanley Cup Final.
– BOSTON – Red Sox ace Chris Sale can set a major league record by striking out at least 10 batters in his ninth straight game when he starts against Texas at Fenway Park. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
– FRISCO, Texas – Dak Prescott doesn’t have to answer questions about Tony Romo anymore. Prescott replaced Romo as quarterback of the Cowboys with one of the best rookie seasons ever. Now he’s into his first offseason without the retired 10-year starter around.
– ASHBURN, Va. – Kirk Cousins still doesn’t have a long-term contract and could play a second consecutive season on the franchise tag. But the Washington Redskins and their quarterback aren’t worried about it just yet with the July 15 deadline still a long ways away.
– ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he wants the team to have a good relationship with its alumni after Calvin Johnson told the Detroit Free Press recently he didn’t feel like he was treated the way he should have been on his way out.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Putting together the right pit crew can make all the difference on race day. Just ask defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi, who overcame some early race struggles last year and wound up relying on those same guys to help him reach victory lane.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class will be announced. Among those up for nomination are former drivers Dave Allison, Buddy Baker and Alan Kulwicki, former crew chief Ray Evernham and team owner Joe Gibbs.
– The players who opted to leave for the NBA will shape conference races in college basketball next season. So too will the players who opted to stay after exploring their options.
– Angela Lee didn’t need the UFC to become one of the world’s top up-and-coming mixed martial artists. Instead, the 20-year-old Canadian-born Hawaiian fights for One Championship, Asia’s dominant MMA promotion.