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:
– What began more than a year ago with a lone protest by an NFL quarterback has grown into a roar. The reasons for the demonstrations are as varied as the methods.
– Almost all of the 200 players who took part in protests during Sunday’s NFL games were doing so for the first time. They were, in their own words, ”woke.”
– NBA teams and players are trying to figure out how best to use their platform in response to the president’s inflammatory rhetoric.
– NFL owners haven’t taken President Trump up on his challenge to fire any players who protest during the national anthem. A look at the legal, constitutional issues.
– NEW YORK – Four assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, Southern California and Oklahoma State are arrested on federal corruption charges.
– ST. LOUIS – The Chicago Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – The Twins, with the majors’ worst record last year, can clinch an AL wild card with a win over Cleveland and an Angels loss to the White Sox. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
– The third installment of the weekly AP All-America watch features the next Michigan defensive star, Christian McCaffrey’s replacement at Stanford and Florida’s special weapon.
– OKLAHOMA CITY – The real MVP of the NBA offseason appears to be Sam Presti. The Thunder general manager added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City’s lineup.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The defending champion Los Angeles Sparks look to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals when they play the Minnesota Lynx. Game starts 8 p.m.
– FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys recover from another woeful start. This time, the victory at Arizona could reverberate on and off the field.
– PITTSBURGH – The Steelers insist they are united off the field no matter how it may have looked during the national anthem Sunday in Chicago.
– NEW YORK – Davis Love III and Lorena Ochoa highlight the latest class to enter the World Golf Hall of Fame.
– MADRID – Defending champion Real Madrid faces winless Borussia Dortmund in Germany, while Liverpool is at Spartak Moscow and Manchester City hosts Shakhtar Donetsk.
– WUHAN, China – Simona Halep, who had a chance this week to reach the No. 1 ranking, is routed in her opening match at the Wuhan Open.