BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– CARSON, Calif. – Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plans to sit during the anthem this season to protest social injustice, and expects a backlash.
– LONDON – For years, U.S. athletes wondered about doping and how they might fare on a level playing field. Judging by the medals at the world championships, they may have found out.
– MIAMI – Giancarlo Stanton reached the 250-homer milestone at a near-record clip. What’s more, his pace is accelerating. The Marlins slugger has homered in eight of 10 games.
– BOSTON – In a game between division leaders, the Boston Red Sox play the Cleveland Indians to make up an Aug. 2 rainout.
– DENVER – Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis faces Atlanta, coming back from chemotherapy for testicular cancer. This is his first game in the majors since Sept. 30. Game starts 8:40 p.m.
– BARCELONA, Spain – Cristiano Ronaldo is banned for five games at the start of the Spanish season after shoving a referee following his red card in Real Madrid’s victory over Barcelona.
– LONDON – From Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain to Cesc Fabregas in England to a goalkeeper in France: new season, same old petulant habits for some of Europe’s soccer stars.
– FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has concussion symptoms and is ruled out for this week’s preseason game at Pittsburgh.
– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ Derrick Henry, playing behind star running back DeMarco Murray, is working every day as if he’s the starter.
– HOUSTON – Filling Vince Wilfork’s shoes is daunting. The good news for the Texans’ D.J. Reader is that he was groomed for this job by the nose tackle before he retired this month.
– BROOKLYN, Mich. – This is how drivers become fan favorites. Kyle Larson went to Iowa for a sprint car event, then returned to Michigan on Sunday in time to win a Cup Series race.
– When putting together this season’s schedule, the NBA considered when resting teams faced tired teams. The result, the league hopes, is the best schedule possible.
– Houston, Western Michigan and South Florida had coaching changes in the offseason. All of which could influence which teams from outside the Power Five have the biggest years.
– LAWRENCE, Kan. – The two quarterbacks competing for the starting job at Kansas happen to be roommates and best of friends. Others might think that awkward. Not them.