BC-Sports Preview Digest

BY AP • July 16, 2017

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

- LONDON - Roger Federer tries to win a record eighth men's singles championship at Wimbledon, facing Marin Cilic in the final.

- LONDON - Garbine Muguruza's victory over Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final, combined with a win against Serena in last year's French Open final, made the 23-year-old Spaniard the only woman to defeat each of the sisters in a Grand Slam title match. That alone marks her as a likely, and worthy, heir to the two women who changed their sport.

- CARLSBAD, Calif. - Maria Sharapova continues her comeback from a doping ban when she leads the Orange County Breakers against the defending champion San Diego Aviators in a World Team Tennis opener. Developing from pre-match news conference at 7:30 p.m.

- BEDMINSTER, N.J. - Looking for her second major win, Shanshan Feng of China tries to hold off six South Korean challengers in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open, which again will have President Donald Trump in attendance.

- SILVIS, Ill. - Patrick Rodgers takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the John Deere Classic, where he is trying to become the third player in five years to win the Quad Cities event for his first PGA Tour title.

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Three-time defending champion Bernhard Langer takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

- IRVINE, Scotland - Seeking his first victory in 4+ years, Ian Poulter shares the lead with Callum Shinkwin and Andrew Dodt on 9 under par heading into the final round of the Scottish Open, the tuneup for next week's British Open.

- SOUTHPORT, England - Waiting on U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka for a practice round at Royal Birkdale is one thing. What also makes Dustin Johnson a little impatient these days is waiting on his game to return to the form that took him to No. 1 in the world.

- BOSTON - The Yankees and Red Sox finish their four-game series with a day-night doubleheader, a day after they played nearly six hours and 16 innings before New York won 4-1. David Price, with a career 14-11 record in 37 games against the Yankees, starts the nightcap for first-place Boston against Masahiro Tanaka. 1st game starts 1:05 p.m.; 2nd game starts 8:05 p.m.

- Lonzo Ball and the Lakers take on the Mavericks in one semifinal in the summer league play in Las Vegas. The Trail Blazers and Grizzlies square off in the other semi. The winners will meet Monday in the Vegas title game. Games start 6 p.m.

- Communication is being valued over experience as more teams choose first-time NHL head coaches to fill vacancies rather than recycling from the past. Just this offseason, the Sabres, Panthers and Canucks hired rookie coaches who had long playing careers.

- LOUDON, N.H. - Martin Truex Jr. starts on the pole at the NASCAR Cup series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Race starts 3:15 p.m.

- TORONTO - Simon Pagenaud starts from the pole in the IndyCar race at Exhibition Place. Race starts 3:40 p.m.

- NEW YORK - The future of auto racing comes to Brooklyn with engines humming instead of roaring. The New York ePrix is the latest race in the Formula E Series, F1-style electric cars, with the backing of major automobile brands such as Renault, Audi, Jaguar and BMW. Race starts 1 p.m.

- FRISCO, Texas - There will be three new head coaches and a new venue for Big 12 football media days, which kick off Monday. Still unchanged is the negative perception many outsiders have of the smallest Power Five league.

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