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:
– SALEM, Mass. – Tom Brady speaks at Salem State University a day after an NFL investigation finds he was likely aware of a scheme to deflate footballs. Talk starts 7:30 p.m.
– NEW YORK – The NFL’s report on the Patriots’ deflated footballs shows much of what happens in the team’s locker room. Among those things: the staff’s disdain for Tom Brady.
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– TAMPA, Fla. – The Lightning go for a sweep of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the reeling Canadiens. Montreal lost Game 3 on Tyler Johnson’s goal with 1.1 seconds left. Game starts 7 p.m.
– ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Blackhawks try to complete a sweep of the Wild in Game 4 of this Western Conference semifinal. Chicago hasn’t trailed in the series. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
– A look at Friday’s two NHL games: Washington (up 3-1) at New York Rangers; Anaheim (up 2-1) at Calgary.
The Spurs and the Celtics? Already eliminated. The Lakers and the Heat? Didn’t even make the playoffs. There’s a new look to this NBA postseason.
– There are no NBA games Thursday. A look at Friday’s two games, with both series 1-1: Cleveland at Chicago; Houston at Los Angeles Clippers.
– PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are paired for the start of The Players Championship. Tiger Woods, in his first start since tying for 17th in the Masters, plays in the afternoon.
– LAS VEGAS – The WNBA, already part of the national conversation about domestic violence and sports, now faces questions about workplace sexual harassment as a result of the Liberty’s hiring of Isiah Thomas.
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is back on the track, taking a jog in preparation for the Preakness.
– PRAGUE – The United States goes for its fourth victory at the hockey world championships when it plays Belarus. Game started 10:15 a.m.
– KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The future of Joe Gibbs Racing takes center stage at Kansas Speedway this weekend with youngsters Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud is in a different position this year at Indianapolis. He’s the defending Indianapolis Grand Prix champion, and in constant demand.