BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru
Eds: Updates Tiger Woods, Rangers-Canadiens items.
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.
– NEW YORK – California Chrome can breathe easy – he will be allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.
– BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods says his back injury was so debilitating it caused him to doubt whether he would play golf again.
– SAN ANTONIO – The Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, open the Western Conference finals against the Spurs with Serge Ibaka out with an injured calf. Game starts 9 p.m.
– INDIANAPOLIS – With LeBron James & Co. trying to figure out what went wrong in the opener, the champion Miami Heat await the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night.
– MONTREAL – The Canadiens will be without star goalie Carey Price for Game 2 and the rest of the Eastern Conference finals because of a knee injury. The Rangers won the opener 7-2. Game starts 8 p.m.
– CHICAGO – Sure, the Blackhawks have forwards who can score a big goal. But defense is keying this postseason run. Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings is Wednesday night.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Sailing’s governing body might conduct independent water-quality tests in polluted Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Rio Olympics that some describe as an ”open sewer.”
– NEW YORK – The NBA’s biggest losers hope for a big win in Tuesday’s lottery, with the victor getting the No. 1 pick in a highly regarded draft class.
– ATLANTA – NFL owners vote Tuesday on the site of the 2018 Super Bowl, choosing among Indianapolis, Minneapolis and favored New Orleans.
– INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been a challenging May for some teams preparing for the Indianapolis 500. Monday’s final full practice may not be any easier.
– CLEVELAND – The Detroit Tigers, winners of six straight and with the best record in baseball, play the last-place Cleveland Indians. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– MANCHESTER, England – Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is hired as Manchester United’s manager, tasked with repairing the damage from David Moyes’ 10 months in charge.
– SAO PAULO – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke arrives in Brazil for the World Cup amid troubled preparations and tournament set to open June 12.
– STANFORD, Calif. – Now 32 and nearing the end of perhaps the most-celebrated career in American soccer, Landon Donovan hopes to become the first American to play in four World Cups.