Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– NEW YORK – Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are the big men from the powerhouse programs, obvious top picks in the NBA draft. Kristaps Porzingis and Emmanuel Mudiay are lesser-known but also likely to hear their names called quickly Thursday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
– BOSTON – – What’s next for the New England Patriots as they await NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision on quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension in the ”Deflategate” scandal. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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– CHICAGO – Two of the National League’s best teams faced off at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, and a fan sitting in the front row stole the show. SENT: 450 words, photos.
– EDMONTON, Alberta – Offense. Now. For the United States to advance in the Women’s World Cup, the team will have to find a way to turn on the offense against China in the quarterfinals on Friday. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
– SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This year’s U.S. Senior Open should be a scorcher. With triple-digit temperatures forecast in California’s Central Valley, the toughest test on the Champions Tour could be even tougher. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
– OMAHA, Neb. – For the second year in a row, defending national champion Vanderbilt and Virginia will play a winner-take-all Game 3 in the College World Series finals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 8 p.m.
– MINNEAPOLIS – With all indications being the Minnesota Timberwolves intend to select Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 in the draft, team president and coach Flip Saunders addresses the media a day before the team’s big moment. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
– LAS VEGAS – Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is a candidate for three major prizes when hockey hands out its postseason trophies at the NHL Awards show from the MGM Grand. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Starts 9 p.m.
– EUGENE, Ore. – Carmelita Jeter’s torn quadriceps? Much better. Tyson Gay’s reputation? Still under repair. Two of the top American sprinters have some mending to do at nationals this weekend. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
– MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Sale takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox, trying to set a major league record with his sixth straight start with 12 or more strikeouts. Phil Hughes pitches for the Minnesota Twins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 1:10 p.m.
– CHICAGO – The surging Cubs try to move 10 games above .500 when they take on the Los Angeles Dodger. Chicago has won the first two games of the four-game set. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 8:05 p.m.