BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– HOUSTON – Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are one win from sweeping the Houston Rockets and reaching the NBA finals for the first time since 1975. Game starts 9 p.m.

– INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – The top-seeded Hawks try to avoid a sweep Tuesday night when they take on hobbled LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

– ANAHEIM, Calif. – Corey Perry and the Anaheim Ducks host Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks in Game 5 of a Western Conference finals that’s 2-2. Game starts 9 p.m.

– TAMPA, Fla. – After a slow start, Steven Stamkos has helped the Lightning move within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals. Game 6 against the New York Rangers is Tuesday night.

– PARIS – Defending champion Maria Sharapova advances on the second day of the French Open. Andy Murray plays later, and Venus Williams faces Sloane Stephens. Feliciano Lopez, seeded 11th, loses.

– CLEVELAND – Josh Hamilton, who overcame drug addiction to star with Texas before joining the Angels, returns to the Rangers and makes his season debut against the Indians. Game starts 4:10 p.m.

– BALTIMORE – Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during Saturday’s game against Miami. Matusz immediately appealed.

– INDIANAPOLIS – After all the concern over safety for the Indianapolis 500, the showcase race went off without a hitch and produced a feel-good winner in Juan Pablo Montoya.

– CONCORD, N.C. – Joe Gibbs, no stranger to success, has had many big nights. Few were bigger than Sunday’s showing in the Coca-Cola 600, with Carl Edwards winning for the first time for his new JGR team.

– GENEVA – The head of European soccer says FIFA lacks credibility while Sepp Blatter is president. Michel Platini also tells the French sports daily L’Equipe that Blatter is clinging to power ”at all costs.”

– OMAHA, Neb. – The field for the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament is announced. The defending champion is Vanderbilt. The four-team, double-elimination regionals start Friday.

– WACO, Texas – NCAA tennis finals: Wake Forest’s Noah Rubin vs. Virginia’s Ryan Shane; Stanford’s Carol Zhao vs. North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb. Matches start 1 p.m.