BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Dustin Johnson tries to keep the lead in the second round of the PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were five back after the first round at Whistling Straits.

– SAN FRANCISCO – Legally cleared, Barry Bonds says without doubt he considers himself a Hall of Famer. He speaks with the AP in his first interview since the government said it will no longer pursue the case.

– TORONTO – The AL East-leading Blue Jays go for their team-record 12th straight victory when David Price (11-4) starts in the series opener against the second-place New York Yankees. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

– DETROIT – How fast does Calvin Johnson run on a pass pattern? How much ground does Richard Sherman have to cover in an average game? Such stats are part of the NFL’s new ”Next Gen Stats” venture.

– ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Rex Ryan and his new-look Buffalo Bills make their preseason debut, hosting Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Game starts 7 p.m.

– Five other NFL exhibition games: Titans-Falcons (7 p.m.); Steelers-Jaguars (7:30 p.m.); Giants-Bengals (7:30 p.m.); Broncos-Seahawks (10 p.m.); Rams-Raiders (10 p.m.).

– LAS VEGAS – Clearly No. 1 in basketball but forever mindful of how it was knocked off its perch, the U.S. is lining up Olympic players not just for next summer but potentially for 2020.

– INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time defending champion Sam Mikulak leads the field at the U.S. men’s gymnastics championships in the last major event before the world championship team is selected.

– The parents of a sprint car driver struck and killed last year by Tony Stewart believe a wrongful death lawsuit is the only way to hold the NASCAR star accountable.

– BROOKLYN, Mich. – The new rules NASCAR used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month are back for this weekend, adding uncertainty to racing at the series’ fastest track.

– Two track and field greats – Sebastian Coe and Sergei Bubka – face each other next week when the governing body holds its presidential election. The vote in Beijing is to replace Lamine Diack.