BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – All across Muhammad Ali's hometown, the faithful head to church services to mourn the loss of the Louisville Lip, the city's most celebrated son. The city will also be the spot for Ali's funeral on Friday, an event that will be open to all and streamed across the world.
– A lot has changed in boxing since Muhammad Ali ruled the heavyweight division, some of it his own doing. Fighters now go 12 rounds instead of 15, brain tests are being used, and there is federal legislation bearing Ali's name in place to help protect fighters from their managers and promoters.
– Even in his final months, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was speaking out on behalf of Islam, the religion he so famously embraced in the 1960s with changing his name, refusing to fight in Vietnam and other bold moves. While many Muslims recognize the difficulty of living their faith in America amid the current political rhetoric, some say it's nothing like what Ali experienced as both an African American and convert to the faith – and his work and battles on behalf of Islam continue to inspire.
– PARIS – Novak Djokovic wins his first French Open title, beating Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
– OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors try to take a 2-0 series lead when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Game starts 8 p.m.
– DUBLIN, Ohio – Matt Kuchar was part of a three-way tie for the lead going into the final round of the Memorial. Jason Day was three behind.
– LONG POND, Pa. – Heavy rain could force at least a delay in the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Brad Keselowski sits on the pole. Race starts 1 p.m.
– GLENDALE, Ariz. – Mexico, with one of its best teams in years, carries a 19-game unbeaten streak into its Copa America opener against Uruguay. Game starts 8 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – The U.S. women's national team plays its second friendly this week against Japan, which lost to the Americans in last year's World Cup final. Game starts 1 p.m.
– Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin, having already lost twice this weekend, are among the top swimmers competing on the final day of several tune-up events for the Olympic Trials.
– A look at the top performances and surprises in the NCAA baseball regionals.
– INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Michael Bisping intends to celebrate his improbable UFC middleweight title with ''the mother of all hangovers.'' The 37-year-old English brawler and virtuoso trash-talker earned that headache when he realized a lifelong dream at UFC 199, knocking out Luke Rockhold and throwing his division into upheaval.