BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– RECIFE, Brazil – The moment arrives for the U.S. at the World Cup. The Americans play Germany, with a draw sending both teams to the second round. The loser risks elimination. Game started noon.

– RIO DE JANEIRO – Luis Suarez is banned four months for biting a World Cup opponent. The discipline by FIFA bars the Uruguay star for the rest of the tournament and the start of the Premier League season.

– NEW YORK – The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year and could go with Andrew Wiggins of Kansas or Jabari Parker of Duke. Draft starts about 7 p.m.

– BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods returns to competition for the first time March 9 in the Quicken Loans National. Woods had back surgery March 31 and missed the Masters and U.S. Open.

– LONDON – Rafael Nadal rallies past Lukas Rosol, the Czech who knocked him out at Wimbledon in the same round two years ago. Serena Williams wins easily. Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova to play.

– Three other World Cup games: Portugal vs. Ghana (noon); South Korea vs. Belgium (4 p.m.); Algeria vs. Russia (4 p.m.)

– All across the U.S. – from restaurants and bars to offices and homes and public gathering spots – screens big and small will be featuring U.S. vs. Germany.

– PITTSBURGH – The Senior Players Championship begins at Fox Chapel, where defending champion Kenny Perry goes for his fourth major title in the last year.

– NEW YORK – The NHL Board of Governors meets on the eve of the league’s draft and is expected to discuss potential rule changes already reviewed by the competition committee and general managers.

– PHILADELPHIA – Without a clear No. 1 prospect, the Florida Panthers will have plenty to decide when they make the first pick of the NHL draft Friday in Philadelphia.

– ARLINGTON, Texas – The Tigers, leading the AL Central and winners of six straight, play a Texas Rangers team that has lost seven in a row. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

– OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin figured last year would have been the time to win the school’s first NCAA baseball title. It turns out that this year’s inexperienced team got the job done.