BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– Los Angeles style vs. New York toughness. It’s been 33 years since teams from these cities played for a title. The rivalry could be lost on many fans when the Kings and Rangers meet for the Stanley Cup.

– SAN ANTONIO – The two-time champion Miami Heat begin their NBA Finals rematch against the Spurs on Thursday night, with San Antonio hoping Tony Parker’s ailing ankle is sufficiently healed.

– NEW YORK – California Chrome’s owners and trainer have said all along their horse has the right stuff. On Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, the colt tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

– PARIS – Maria Sharapova beats Garbine Muguruza of Spain in three sets to advance to the semifinals of the French Open for the fourth straight year. Also playing a quarterfinal is Novak Djokovic.

– PARIS – Former diplomat Jerome Champagne, the only declared candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, talks to the AP leading to the World Cup.

– BRUSSELS – The World Cup is right around the corner, but no need to wonder what’s in store. Here’s a projection on how it will all go down, culminating with the July 13 final in Maracana Stadium.

– PHILADELPHIA – Matt Barkley followed Mark Sanchez to USC and set school records in nearly every passing category. Now they’re battling for the quarterback job with the Eagles.

– MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s new contract – expected to be in the $7 million range – is to be considered by the board of trustees.

– EAST ISLIP, N.Y. – Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn’t baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with a national league having begun this spring.