BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– LONDON – Usain Bolt speaks at a news conference, three days before the Jamaican sprint great competes in his final world championship. News conference 1 p.m.

– PARIS – With Los Angeles agreeing to the 2028 Olympics, Paris bid leaders opt for a bit of diplomacy – stopping short of claiming the 2024 Summer Games for the French capital.

– The latest in a series of preview stories for Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions: Kenny Easley and Morten Andersen.

– ATLANTA – The Los Angeles Dodgers, with baseball’s best record, go for their ninth straight win, facing an Atlanta Braves team that has lost five in a row. Game starts 7:35 p.m.

– BOSTON – Chris Sale (13-4) starts for the Red Sox, who are a half-game back in the AL east. Carlos Carrasco (10-4) goes for AL Central-leading Cleveland. Game starts 7:35 p.m.

– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amy Adams Strunk is intent on making the Titans winners again. She has grown more comfortable in her role as owner since succeeding her late father.

– OXNARD, Calif. – Tight end Jason Witten will watch his boss, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, be inducted into the Hall of Fame. That raises a question: Will his turn come?

– SPARTANBURG, S.C. – There hasn’t been this much surrounding a Carolina Panthers rookie since Cam Newton. Running back Christian McCaffrey is winning high praise from veterans.

– IRVINE, Calif. – Andrew Whitworth signed with the Los Angeles Rams after 11 years in Cincinnati. The tackle couldn’t resist the challenge of helping the NFL’s worst offense rebuild.

– SALT LAKE CITY – Utah is a defensive back factory, regularly sending cornerbacks and safeties to the NFL. This season’s defensive backfield could be even better than last year’s.

– TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State begins preseason practice with all attention on its Sept. 2 opener against Alabama. A key priority: Who will replace running back Dalvin Cook?

– Brad Nessler is the new voice of the SEC on CBS, taking over for Verne Lundquist, who had become an adored institution on Saturday afternoons in the fall.

– BARCELONA, Spain – Barcelona is worried, very worried, that Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain. No one seems to know if the Brazilian great will accept a world-record transfer.

– DARLINGTON, S.C. – NASCAR series points leader Martin Truex Jr. is making another bid for a championship as the regular season winds down.

– The Minnesota Lynx have clinched a playoff berth with a third of the season left. The Lynx, a fixture atop the AP WNBA power poll, are running through the rest of the league.

– RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina State’s men’s basketball team is finally going to Italy. Last summer’s trip was postponed because of a terrorism alert.