BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Former presidents, heads of nations, movie stars and sports legends will pay tribute to Muhammad Ali at a memorial Friday. A traditional Muslim funeral for the boxing great will be held Thursday.
– WASHINGTON – For Muhammad Ali, the idea of playing the part of humble black athlete was never an option. He radiated courage and confidence, skill and showmanship – and became a symbol of black pride.
– CHICAGO – Muhammad Ali didn't try to hide his Parkinson's when he lit the Olympic torch with a shaking arm in 1996. Advocates say he helped transform the public's understanding of the disease.
– SAN JOSE, Calif. – Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks look to draw even in the Stanley Cup Final when they host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4. Game starts 8:20 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – Nothing has worked yet for Cleveland in these NBA Finals. Golden State is two wins from another title. The Cavaliers have all the questions, the Warriors all the answers. Game 3 is Wednesday.
– OAKLAND, Calif. – Toeing the line between intense and dirty, Draymond Green has keyed Golden State's dominant start while infuriating the Cavaliers with his tactics.
– CLEVELAND – The sports suffering has lasted five decades, the longest championship drought for any city in the country. The Cavaliers can put an end to that, but standing in the way is mighty Golden State.
– NITEROI, Brazil – With raw human sewage pouring into the ocean every second from Rio de Janeiro, the Olympics have highlighted the city's spectacular failure to clean its waterways and famous beaches.
– BATAVIA, N.Y. – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he sees no avenue right now for a settlement with Tom Brady as the star Patriots quarterback appeals his four-game ''Deflategate'' suspension.
– PARIS – Now that Novak Djokovic has won the French Open, an even greater pursuit awaits: a true Grand Slam, winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open in a single season.
– MOSCOW – A Frenchman who amassed an arsenal of weapons and explosives was plotting to attack the European Championship. He was arrested trying to cross into the European Union from Ukraine.
– LONG POND, Pa. – Brad Keselowski has the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. The race was pushed back a day because of rain. Race started noon.
– CHICAGO – The U.S. needs to beat Costa Rica on Tuesday night at Soldier Field to avoid a crippling blow to its chances of advancing at Copa America.
– Two Copa America games Monday night: Panama-Bolivia at Orlando, Fla. (7 p.m.); Argentina-Chile at Santa Clara, Calif. (10 p.m.).
– PITTSBURGH – Neil Walker plays in Pittsburgh for the first time since his offseason trade to the New York Mets. Jon Niese, acquired in that deal, is on the mound for the Pirates. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– PHOENIX – Evan Longoria tries to keep his long-ball barrage going when the Tampa Bay Rays face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Longoria homered in all four games of a series at Minnesota. Game starts 9:40 p.m.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – The final stage of U.S. Open qualifying is held at 10 sites across the country, with most of the PGA Tour players in Columbus and Memphis, Tenn.