BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– HOUSTON – James Harden and the Rockets are back home but in an 0-2 hole in the Western Conference finals when they face Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Game starts 9 p.m.
– INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – LeBron James has the Cavaliers in command of the Eastern Conference finals despite playing without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Cleveland leads Atlanta 2-0 entering Game 3 Sunday.
– CHICAGO – The Ducks try to go up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals when they play the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim reclaimed home-ice advantage with a 2-1 victory Thursday night. Game starts 8 p.m.
– NEW YORK – The Rangers return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday for Game 5 of an Eastern Conference finals that 2-2. Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop looks to respond after a 5-1 loss in Game 4.
– PARIS – The French Open begins Sunday, and for Roger Federer the ticking of the clock grows louder at age 33. The slow red clay does not seem to favor him in his bid to add to his 17 major titles.
– INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis 500 is called ”The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” But after four accidents, the hope is that this spectacle Sunday will have nothing to do with serious wrecks.
– CONCORD, N.C. – Jeff Gordon is not ready to focus on life after racing. The 43-year-old NASCAR star drives Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 and on a track where he has won five times.
– PITTSBURGH – Two of the hottest pitchers meet when Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett (3-1) faces the New York Mets’ Matt Harvey (5-1). Game starts 4:05 p.m.
– DENVER – The San Francisco Giants, winners of seven straight, send reliever Yusmeiro Petit to the mound for a spot start in the opener of double-header at Colorado. First game starts 4:10 p.m.
– FORT WORTH, Texas – Kevin Na carries a two-stroke lead over Ian Poulter into the third round of an already soggy Colonial course, where the threat of afternoon storms looms.
– GENEVA – Sepp Blatter polarizes soccer fans and officials around the world. But he is reverentially praised by FIFA voters and next week is set to be re-elected again as president of the governing body.