BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– CLEVELAND – LeBron James can lead the Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals since taking them there in 2007. Cleveland looks to sweep Atlanta in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors, with Stephen Curry recovering from a bruised head, try to oust Houston in Game 5 Wednesday night and reach the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

– TAMPA, Fla. – The Lightning can reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time when they play the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game starts 8 p.m.

– CHICAGO – The Anaheim Ducks play in Chicago on Wednesday night with a chance in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks lost 5-4 in overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

– PARIS – Nine-time champ Rafael Nadal has an easy time in the first round at the French Open. Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki advance on the women’s side. Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams also play.

– Patrice Wolfson, Steve Cauthen and Laz Barrera are ready to give up their titles as the last owner, jockey and trainer of a Triple Crown winner – Affirmed in 1978. They think American Pharoah can do it.

– MONTREAL – Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, discusses the next chapter of his football life – playing in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes.

– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota joins his new Tennessee Titans teammates on the field.

– OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Usain Bolt runs the 200 meters at the Golden Spike meet, his first race this season in Europe and part of his preparations for the world championships in August in Beijing.

– ZURICH – Jim Boyce, a FIFA vice president who is leaving office, speaks to the AP about a governing body he has had to repeatedly defend.

– SAO PAULO – Some of the most successful coaches in Brazilian soccer are without a job, slowly giving way to a younger generation bringing fresh ideas and accepting lower salaries.

– The Women’s College World Series that begins Thursday in Oklahoma City caps a season that has featured more scoring and homers than ever.

– LAS VEGAS – The World Series of Poker starts Wednesday with a new event expected to attract at least 10,000 players. Players pony up $565 each, with the winner likely raking in nearly $600,000.