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:
– MOSCOW – The IOC must soon decide whether to ban Russia from next month's Rio de Janeiro Games. Not long ago, relations between Russia and the Olympic body were far more cordial.
– LONDON – Forty-five more athletes, including 23 medalists from the Beijing Games, are caught doping following retests of samples from the last two Olympics. No names are given.
– LONDON – Usain Bolt runs in the 200 meters at the London Diamond League meet in his final race before the Rio Olympics.
– LAS VEGAS – Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the U.S. Olympic basketball team play their first exhibition, taking on Manu Ginobili and Argentina. Game starts 9 p.m.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – On the eve of hosting the world's largest sporting event, Rio de Janeiro's decade-long push to curb violence in hundreds of slums appears to be crumbling.
– They were once big names with huge contracts. Now, several former NFL stars are unsigned and unemployed, and looking for what could be their last chance to get back on the field.
– COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza await inductions this weekend to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
– NEW YORK – Madison Bumgarner pitches at Yankee Stadium for the first time when the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants take on Masahiro Tanaka and New York. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France – Tour de France leader Chris Froome crashes during the 19th stage after his bike slips on road paint. He borrows a teammate's bike and keeps the yellow jersey.
– OAKVILLE, Ontario – U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson holds a share of the lead entering the second round of the Canadian Open.
– GURNEE, Ill. – Taiwan and England are coming off strong performances going into the second day of the LPGA's UL International Crown, an eight-nation event.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clemson and Florida State enter this season as heavy favorites in the ACC's Atlantic Division, each standing in the other's way of a possible return to the College Football Playoff.
– STILLWATER, Okla. – A junior college transfer dies after collapsing following an Oklahoma State basketball workout. Tyrek Coger arrived at the campus this month. He was 21.
– LONDON – Sam Allardyce is hired as England's soccer coach, pledging to restore pride to this perennially underperforming team coming off an embarrassing European Championship.
– KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The gold medalist U.S. women's soccer team plays Costa Rica in an exhibition. It is the American's final tuneup before heading to the Rio Olympics. Game starts 9 p.m.
– Horse racing's summer season begins in a big way this weekend at two of the best tracks – California Chrome runs at Del Mar and undefeated filly Songbird goes at Saratoga.