BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – FIFA puts its corruption crisis aside to divide 186 nations into qualifying groups at the draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
– ALPE D’HUEZ, France – Chris Froome all but locks up his second Tour de France victory in three years after the last Alpine climb. The British appears set to be crowned champion in Paris on Sunday.
– PHILADELPHIA – Mexico seeks its seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title while Jamaica is after its first, but the Jamaicans come into Sunday’s final with far more momentum.
– CHESTER, Pa. – The U.S. faces Panama in the third-place game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in a disappointing result for both teams. Game starts 4 p.m.
– CHESTER, Pa. – The president of CONCACAF says the referee acknowledged making mistakes during the contentious Gold Cup semifinal between Mexico and Panama.
– TOLEDO, Ohio – Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Damond Powell Jr. is wounded by gunfire outside his Ohio home. Police add that injuries do not appear life-threatening.
– UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Tamika Catchings is set to play in her final All-Star Game when East meets West in the WNBA. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Gordon qualifies for the final time at Indianapolis, with the defending race winner trying for the pole in the Brickyard 400.
– ST. LOUIS – The Braves’ Shelby Miller returns to St. Louis to pitch for the first time against the team that traded him. Carlos Martinez (10-4) starts for the first-place Cardinals. Game starts 7:15 p.m.
– KAZAN, Russia – Fighting off wind and choppy conditions, Haley Anderson of the U.S. keeps her title in the 5-kilometer open water race for the first medal of the FINA world swimming championships.
– OAKVILLE, Ontario – Chad Campbell leads by two strokes entering the third round of the Canadian Open. Jason Day, who tied for fourth at the British Open, is four back.
– HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Olympic gymnastics champion Gabrielle Douglas competes in her first meet in the U.S. in three years. Also at the Secret Classic is two-time defending world champion Simone Biles.
– TORONTO – The Pan Am Games wrap up Sunday, with the U.S. topping the medal standings and Canada a strong second.