BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– MINNEAPOLIS – Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright are the starting pitchers for the All-Star game, the first in Minnesota since 1985 and the last for Derek Jeter. Game starts 8:16 p.m.

– MINNEAPOLIS – The spike in strikeouts, the dip in home runs and worries that the game is becoming boring for fans raises a question: Should baseball lower the mound again?

– HOYLAKE, England – So much has changed for Tiger Woods since the last time the British Open was held at Royal Liverpool – with the course, his game, his health and his rivals.

– HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy calls it his ”second-round thing.” The two-time major champion has struggled mightily on Fridays, and it’s become a very real problem.

– LAS VEGAS – The NBA Board of Governors meets, with Commissioner Adam Silver to face questions about the Donald Sterling trial, a potential lockout and efforts to keep players in college for at least two years.

– BERLIN – The World Cup champions are hailed by some 400,000 fans waving black, red and gold German flags near the Brandenburg Gate. This is Germany’s first World Cup title since 1990.

– JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius is involved in a heated argument at an upscale nightclub over the weekend. The murder trial is on break, with closing arguments Aug. 7-8.

– BESANCON, France – Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Alberto Contador are out of the race, positioning Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian winner since 1998. Tuesday is a rest day.

– NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints confirm a multiyear contract with Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end.

– MINNEAPOLIS – Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says the team has reneged on a promise to give him a copy of their investigation into his allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach.

– FALL RIVER, Mass. – Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick were interviewed by police investigating a homicide in which former player Aaron Hernandez has been charged.