BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. EDT:
– SAO PAULO – The U.S. looks to Portugal after its riveting opening victory over Ghana and tends to its wounded players: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler (hamstring injuries); Clint Dempsey (broken nose).
– Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, once suicidal because of early-stage dementia, talks to the AP about his role in a lawsuit accusing teams of dispensing powerful narcotics to keep players on the field.
– PINEHURST, N.C. – North Carolina is where Michelle Wie first played on the mainland, when she was all of 10 years old. She can appreciate what awaits sixth-grader Lucy Li at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.
– FORTALEZA, Brazil – Brazil faces rival Mexico and looks to move closer to a place in the second round of its home World Cup. Game starts 3 p.m. Also: Belgium-Algeria (noon) and Russia-South Korea (6 p.m.).
– RIO DE JANEIRO – From Robin van Persie to Lionel Messi, from Thomas Mueller to Neymar. The stars are living up to their billing at this World Cup.
– SAO PAULO – The debate over diving began on Day 1 of this World Cup. Is this theater simply part of the game or bad for soccer altogether? France’s Loic Remy considers such actions a disgrace.
– PITTSBURGH – The life of Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll is celebrated at a mass. Noll, who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 1970s, died Friday at 82.
– RENTON, Wash. – Will he or won’t he show? That’s the question surrounding Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch when the Super Bowl champs open a three-day mandatory minicamp.
– SAN ANTONIO – Their fifth NBA title in hand, the Spurs head into the offseason with familiar questions involving the durability of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and the likelihood their return next season.
– MIAMI – The Heat had hoped to be playing Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. Instead, they gather for a closing meeting for what promises to be an offseason of change for the former champs.
– DETROIT – The Royals, winners of eight straight, can take over first place in the AL Central with a victory over Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers. Game starts 7 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka (10-1, 2.02 ERA) is on the mound against the AL East-leading Blue Jays. New York is 4 1/2 games behind Toronto. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
– OMAHA, Neb. – Two College World Series games: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi (3 p.m.) and Virginia vs. TCU (8 p.m.).