BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
– BRASILIA, Brazil – An AP investigation finds that the financial links between construction firms and politicians are adding to deep suspicions among Brazilians about World Cup preparations.
– LOS ANGELES – Dick Parsons, the NBA’s hand-picked interim CEO of the Clippers following owner Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban for racist comments, arrives in Los Angeles.
– NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Nets try to even the Eastern Conference semifinals in Game 4 against the Miami Heat, who look to bounce back from their first loss in these playoffs. Game starts 8 p.m.
– PORTLAND, Ore. – The San Antonio Spurs are one win from sweeping the Trail Blazers and reaching the Western Conference finals. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
– Stories on Tuesday’s two NBA playoff games: Washington (down 3-1) at Indiana and Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City (series 2-2).
– MONTREAL – The Boston Bruins can reach the conference finals by beating the Canadiens in Game 6 at what is certain to be a raucous Bell Centre. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– ANAHEIM, Calif. – John Gibson makes his second NHL playoff start in goal when the Anaheim Ducks face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of their even second-round playoff series. Game starts 10 p.m.
– Stories on Tuesday’s two NHL playoff games: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh (series 3-3) and Chicago (up 3-2) at Minnesota.
– BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome arrives at Pimlico Race Course and checks into Stall 40, where he will remain until he renews his Triple Crown bid in Saturday’s Preakness.
– CANTON, Ohio – Johnny Manziel has brought a buzz to Cleveland, and everyone from Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to his new teammates want to see how the Texas A&M quarterback handles life in the NFL.
– BALTIMORE – The Tigers play the Orioles in a game between division leaders, with Detroit’s Rick Porcello going for his sixth win of the season. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– KINSHASA, Congo – A stampede at a soccer stadium in Congo’s capital kills at least 15 people and injures more than a dozen, the government says.
– NEW YORK – U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann announces his 30-man preliminary World Cup roster, a group he must cut to 23 by June 2. Announcement 3 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Major League Soccer, U.S. Soccer Federation are expected to announce eight-year contracts with ESPN, Fox and Univision. News conference 1 p.m.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius wants the double-amputee Olympian placed under psychiatric observation.
– MINSK, Belarus – The United States meets Russia in a match of two unbeaten teams in Group B of the hockey world championship. In Group A, Canada plays the Czech Republic.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Despite overnight rain, speeds are expected to increase on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice. Only one car topped 223 mph on opening day.
– BARCELONA, Spain – With Mercedes cruising to a fourth straight 1-2 finish at the Spanish Grand Prix, it appears only a driver feud could stand in the way of the team’s first constructors title.
– ROME – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga opens against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round of the Italian Open. Serena Williams is not sure if her injured left thigh will allow her to play.