BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Jordan Spieth, eyeing a third straight major, recovers from a double-bogey to trail by two shots during the final round of the British Open. Marc Leishman is the leader.
– ZURICH – FIFA will hold a presidential election Feb. 26, giving Sepp Blatter seven more months in power before leaving the scandal-tainted governing body.
– GAP, France – Chris Froome is in command after the 16th stage of the Tour de France in the foothills of the Alps. Ruben Plaza Molina wins the stage in which Froome’s teammate crashes into a telephone pole.
– WASHINGTON – The Nationals, leading the NL East by two games over the Mets, open a three-game series with New York. The Mets’ Matt Harvey opposes Washington’s Gio Gonzalez. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– BALTIMORE – DaMarcus Beasley had been content with his decision to retire from the U.S. national team. But when coach Jurgen Klinsmann asked him to return for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the couldn’t say no.
– JOHANNESBURG – Three-time world champion Mick Fanning punches an attacking shark before escaping unharmed during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa.
– MONTEREY, Calif. – Two Spanish racers die in a chain-reaction crash on the first lap of a World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. Thunderstorms drenched the track before Sunday’s race.
– PINEHURST, N.C. – The ACC appears to have entered a period of strength and stability: three straight Orange Bowl wins, its champion in the first College Football Playoff and its own network a possibility.
– JOHANNESBURG – Roger Federer talks with the AP about his visit to Malawi, a poor southern African nation where the tennis star’s foundation is working on education programs for young children.
– TORONTO – Women’s baseball debuts in the Pan Am Games with the spotlight on American Sarah Hudek. She can wing it: Her fastball reaches 82 mph.
– BERLIN – Europe’s largest Jewish sports event is coming to Germany for the first time, bringing together more than 2,000 Jewish athletes at a site built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics.