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:
– ZURICH – Amid soccer’s worst corruption crisis, Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term as FIFA president. Voting has begun in an election he is expected to win handily over Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.
– BUENOS AIRES – Across South America, the FIFA investigations in the United States and Switzerland are having a ripple effect on a continent where soccer is the lifeblood of sports.
– NEW YORK – A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Rangers meet in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. New York has won six straight Game 7s. Game starts 8 p.m.
– ANAHEIM, Calif. – Two weeks of brilliant, bruising hockey come down to Game 7 in the Western Conference finals Saturday when the Anaheim Ducks play the Chicago Blackhawks.
– PARIS – Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Maria Sharapova win third-round matches in straight sets on a cold day at the French Open. Angelique Kerber, seeded 11th, loses.
– OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors – Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry among them – hope to heal and rest over the next week before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
– INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – After two days to celebrate and rest, LeBron James and the Cavaliers get back to practice for the NBA Finals.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is on the field for the New England Patriots while awaiting word on when his appeal will be heard over his four-game suspension for using underinflated footballs.
– NEW ORLEANS – Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleads guilty to federal charges stemming from allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states.
– IRVING, Texas – Australia’s Steven Bowditch, coming off an 8-under 62, leads Jimmy Walker by two strokes going into the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Jordan Spieth is seven shots back.
– GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Stacy Lewis begin her title defense in the ShotRite LPGA Classic. Top-ranked Lydia Ko is skipping the tournament.
– BRUSSELS – The 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium tragedy is remembered. Survivors, relatives of victims and soccer authorities mark the day when 39 people died at the 1985 European Cup final.