BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– LOS ANGELES – Alex Wood (7-0) starts for the Dodgers, who have won seven in a row and lead the NL West. Kyle Freeland (8-4) goes for the Colorado Rockies. Game starts 10:10 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Japanese aces Yu Darvish of Texas and Masahiro Tanaka of New York meet for the first time in the majors. The Yankees have dropped eight of nine. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– SEATTLE – Felix Hernandez starts for the Mariners after being out since April 26. He faces the Houston Astros, who have the best record in baseball. Game starts 10:10 p.m.
– BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox retire the No. 34 worn by David Ortiz, who led the team to three World Series titles. It will be the 11th number retired by the team.
– CHICAGO – The NHL holds its amateur draft, with the New Jersey Devils making the No. 1 pick. They are followed by the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars. Draft starts 7 p.m.
– EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – UCLA guard Lonzo Ball returns home to Los Angeles to become a big part of the Lakers’ plan to return to championship contention.
– MASON, Mich. – Longtime doctor at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics ordered to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting six young gymnasts.
– Two College World Series games in Omaha, Nebraska: Oregon State vs. LSU (3 p.m.), Florida vs. TCU (8 p.m.). Oregon State and Florida can advance to the finals with victories.
– CROMWELL, Conn. – Jordan Spieth takes a one-stroke lead into the second round of the Travelers Championship.
– ROGERS, Ark. – Defending champion Lydia Ko and Ai Miyazato highlight the start of play at the NW Arkansas Championship.
– HAMILTON, Bermuda – The America’s Cup could be over Sunday – unless two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA can make a comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand.
– SONOMA, Calif. – NASCAR shifts to a road course for the first time this season. The change of scenery could be what the field needs to catch Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr.
– ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Will Power looks for a victory this weekend when the IndyCar circuit returns to the rural Wisconsin road course.
– SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Aric Van Halen is a steeplechaser at the U.S. championships. There’s also rock in his DNA. His father is Alex Van Halen, drummer and co-founder of the band.
– ORLANDO, Fla. – On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, there is still a long way to go in hiring college coaches regarding race, gender and inclusion, according to two studies.
– SEOUL, South Korea – A North Korean taekwondo demonstration team arrives in South Korea for its first performances in the rival country in 10 years.
– BARCELONA, Spain – Lionel Messi offers to pay an additional fine of $558,000 to ensure he avoids a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud that a judge is expected to suspend.
– MOSCOW – Russia lifts its ban on beer sales at Confederations Cup stadiums as part of its deal with FIFA, which has Budweiser as a key sponsor.
– Matt Mitrione will be trying for a signature victory when he fights Fedor Emelianenko in an MMA heavyweight match Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.