BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– TROON, Scotland – Americans are in command again at Royal Troon. Patrick Reed opens with a 5-under 66 at the British Open, leaving him one stroke ahead of Justin Thomas and 49-year-old Steve Stricker.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Many of the world's top leaders appear to be skipping the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The troubled games begin in just three weeks.
– SAN DIEGO – Some of baseball's top relievers wouldn't mind a quick shift to the outfield if that means they can stay in the game while their managers make righty-lefty matchups.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is down to one last chance in his ''Deflategate'' appeal, and it's not a good one. To avoid a four-game ban, the quarterback must persuade the Supreme Court to take the case.
– KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pat Summitt is honored at the arena where the Tennessee women's basketball coach orchestrated some of her greatest victories. Summitt died last month at 64. Ceremony starts 7 p.m.
– MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mike Conley has never been an All-Star. That didn't stop the Memphis Grizzlies from giving their point guard the richest contract in NBA history – $153 million over five years.
– Three weeks after the NHL awarded an expansion franchise to Las Vegas, the team is have trouble picking a name. Trademark issues, like a goalie blocking the net, are creating obstacles.
– MONT VENTOUX, France – Chris Froome is in danger of losing his Tour de France lead after his bike breaks in a bizarre crash at the end of the 12th stage on Bastille Day. Thomas De Gendt wins the stage.
– LOS ANGELES – The Pac-12 has no clear football favorite this fall, and the reason is obvious. Most of the traditional contenders need to replace an established quarterback.
– HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC East's halcyon days of coaches – Steve Spurrier, Phillip Fulmer, Urban Meyer – are long gone. Now, the league's almost forgotten division tries to assert itself with a different cast.