BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy has a one-shot lead going into the PGA Championship with a chance to join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones as the only players with four majors at age 25 or younger. Among those still in the mix is Phil Mickelson three shots behind.
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eight players were within four shots of Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the final major. That includes Rickie Fowler, who could make history if he doesn’t win. No one has ever finished in the top 5 of all four majors without winning one.
– Mark Emmert said that the NCAA will appeal a ruling that opens the door for college athletes to receive some of the money they help generate in major sports.
CLEVELAND – Rookie Johnny Manziel may have gained some more ground on Brian Hoyer in Saturday’s exhibition loss at Detroit. Browns coach Mike Pettine discusses the performance of his two quarterbacks during a teleconference.
– IRVINE, Calif. – Michael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley, trying to avoid a shutout after three earlier losses at the U.S. national championships. Veterans Anthony Ervin and Natalie Coughlin compete in the 50 freestyle on closing night
– INDIANAPOLIS – Spain’s Marc Marquez has been a perfect nine for nine on race days this season. If he makes it a perfect 10, he’ll be the youngest MotoGP rider to ever win 10 straight races and the first back-to-back winner of the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
– MASON, Ohio – The Western & Southern Open begins without defending champion Rafael Nadal, sidelined by a wrist injury. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the top seeds.