BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– LONDON – A packed schedule at Wimbledon on a rainy day includes matches for past champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and both Williams sisters, weather permitting.
– LILLE, France – Wales plays Belgium in a European Championship quarterfinal, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal waiting in the semifinals. Game starts 3 p.m.
– As NBA free agency begins, Hassan Whiteside announces he is staying with the Miami Heat and Jeremy Lin says he's signing with the Brooklyn Nets. The AP is told that the Detroit Pistons are negotiating with Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan is staying with the Toronto Raptors, the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to terms with Nicolas Batum, Jordan Clarkson is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards are negotiating with Bradley Beal.
– The puck drops on NHL free agency at noon, and flurry of deals are expected to be done before the sun sets. Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo and Loui Eriksson are among the top players available after Tampa Bay kept Steven Stamkos off the market.
– OMAHA, Neb. – In their last true showdown in U.S. waters, Michael Phelps takes on Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic trials. Preliminaries begin 11 a.m.; finals begin 7:45 p.m.
– EUGENE, Ore. – At age 40, shot putter Adam Nelson came out of retirement to try for his fourth Olympics. Friday is his big day at track and field trials. Also, Galen Rupp, already qualified for the marathon, tries to add the 10,000 meters to his list of events. Races start 6 p.m.
– LONDON – Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova is cleared by track and field's world governing body to compete as a neutral athlete in the European championships and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
– LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – Family, friends and possibly some former players and coaches will pay their respects at the funeral for former NFL defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan. Service starts 2 p.m.
– TORONTO – The Cleveland Indians, leading the AL Central, can set a franchise record with their 14th straight victory by beating the Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts 1:07 p.m.
– OMAHA, Neb. – Gary Gilmore didn't know if he would ever have as good a Coastal Carolina team as he did in 2010. That 55-win team was the No. 4 national seed for the NCAA Tournament but lost a pair of one-run games in super regionals. Those losses ate at Gilmore for six years, until his 2016 squad won the national championship.
– AKRON, Ohio – William McGirt, already a winner once this year in Ohio, has a three-shot lead going into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational.
– PORTLAND, Ore. – Defending champion Brooke Henderson has a two-stroke lead going into the second round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic.
– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The field is set for Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway, where Dale Earnhardt Jr. is seeking his first win of the season. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words. Qualifying starts 4:10 p.m.
– SAINT-LO, France -The D-Day and World War II history that is embedded in the culture of Normandy is earning extra spotlight this weekend when the Tour de France opens with two stages in the region.