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. A full Olympic Digest has been sent. All times EDT:
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Michael Phelps goes for his fifth gold medal of the Rio Olympics in the 100-meter butterfly, while Katie Ledecky is a huge favorite to wrap up her games with a fourth gold in the 800 freestyle. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Finals start 9 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to play his final game for the New York Yankees, who plan to release the 41-year-old, 14-time All-Star after the game. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Ceremony starts 6:50 p.m. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Pushed hard by Australia in its previous game, the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team looks to move to 4-0 in pool play when it plays Serbia. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 6 p.m.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Track and field begins, with a world record by Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana in the women's 10,000. Medals also are up for grabs in the men's 20K race walk and women's shot put. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Night session starts 8:30 p.m.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Stray bullets flying at venues, muggings, suspicious packages, a shattered bus window and an Olympic security officer shot dead in a favela. All of which has unnerved some Olympic visitors and athletes in Rio even as Brazilians take it all in stride and say the crime-ridden streets of the city seem more secure. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.
– NFL preseason games: Vikings-Bengals (7 p.m.); Dolphins-Giants (7 p.m.); Lions-Steelers (7 p.m.); Browns-Packers (8 p.m.); Raiders-Cardinals (10 p.m.)
– Previews of all teams in the SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten conferences. SENT: 600 words, photos.
– Conference previews for the MAC, Sun Belt, American Athletic and C-USA conferences. Each preview has been SENT: 700 words, photos.
– WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia is approaching Joe DiMaggio status with his hitting streak. At 48 games, Mejia of the Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats has the longest hitting streak since 1954. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m.
– PHILADELPHIA – OK, rook, go out there in the two-minute drill and show us what you can do in your first NFL action. That was Carson Wentz's initial introduction to a pro football game. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, by 7 p.m.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – Second round of the US Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
– SILVIS, Ill. – Andrew Loupe topped the leaderboard entering the second day of the PGA Tour's rain-delayed John Deere Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.