BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– BALTIMORE – Todd Pletcher is enjoying himself, and why not? The trainer is confident Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming can win Saturday and set up a Triple Crown attempt.

– BALTIMORE – Lookin At Lee ran second at the Kentucky Derby as a 33-1 shot. But his finish seems to have impressed no one. Lookin at Lee is going off at 10-1 for the Preakness.

– MIAMI – One-sided games – led by the unbeaten Cavaliers and Warriors – are the rule in these NBA playoffs. Yet fans are watching in record numbers.

– BOSTON – LeBron James rolled at will in Game 1. Now, with its home-court advantage gone, Boston is in an imperative spot Friday night when it faces Cleveland in Game 2.

– The San Antonio Spurs, down 2-0 to Golden State entering Saturday, need more from LaMarcus Aldridge now that Kawhi Leonard is ailing with a sprained ankle.

– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators, with the NHL’s longest postseason home winning streak in 20 years, lead the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 entering Game 4. Game starts 8 p.m.

– Four of Wayne Gretzky’s 1980s Edmonton Oilers teams are among the 20 greatest NHL teams as voted by fans during the league’s 100th anniversary.

– NEW YORK – Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred holds a news conference after a quarterly owners’ meeting.

– IRVING, Texas – Master champ Sergio Garcia opens his Byron Nelson title defense. He is trying to become only the fourth back-to-back winner since the tournament began in 1944.

– WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Kingsmill Championship begins, with Ariya Jutanugarn the defending champion. The tournament features 20 of the top 25 LPGA players.

– BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Bernhard Langer eyes a repeat victory at the Regions Tradition, the first of the year’s senior majors. John Daly is coming off his first win on the 50-and-over tour.

– MONTREAL – Spurred by the Russian scandal, the World Anti-Doping Agency approves rules that would punish Olympic committees and federations in much the way athletes are penalized.

– COLOGNE, Germany – The United States plays Finland in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championships. Also: Russia-Czech Republic, Canada-Germany, Sweden- Switzerland.

– ROME – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic try to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals. Venus Williams also plays in the third round.

– NEW YORK – Undefeated Terence Crawford defends his 140-pound titles Saturday against 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz at Madison Square Garden.

– LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor has come to an agreement with UFC, moving a proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. closer to happening.

– MADRID – Real Madrid is two victories from a feat the soccer power hasn’t achieved in almost six decades – winning the Champions League and Spanish league in the same year.