BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– OAKLAND, Calif. – Racially charged comments that appear to have come from Clippers owner Donald Sterling reverberate across the NBA and draw sharp criticism from President Barack Obama.

– Four NBA playoff games: Chicago at Washington (1 p.m.); Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State (3:30 p.m.); Toronto at Brooklyn (7 p.m.); and Houston at Portland (9:30 p.m.).

– Three NHL playoff games: Philadelphia at New York Rangers (noon); St. Louis at Chicago (3 p.m.); and Anaheim at Dallas (8 p.m.).

– AVONDALE, La. – South Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh, eyeing his first PGA Tour title, is in front entering the last round of the Zurich Classic. Keegan Bradley is two shots back.

– DALY CITY, Calif. – Stacy Lewis takes a one-stroke lead over 17-year-old Lydia Ko going into the final day of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Michelle Wie, the winner last week in Hawaii, is nine behind.

– BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Will Power starts on the pole for the third time in five years at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay starts near the front. Race starts 3:10 p.m.

– NEW YORK – In a matchup of unbeaten pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound for the New York Yankees against Garrett Richards and the Los Angeles Angels. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend is out of the Kentucky Derby because of a fever and infection. Commanding Curve joins the field for Saturday’s race.

– LIVERPOOL, England – Chelsea slows Liverpool’s Premier League title charge and keeps its own chances alive with a 2-0 victory against the league leaders.

– STUTTGART, Germany – Maria Sharapova wins her third consecutive title at the Porsche Grand Prix, defeating Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.