BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- OAKLAND, Calif. - The Warriors try to take a 2-0 lead over Houston in the Western Conference finals. The Rockets could also be without center Dwight Howard, who has a sprained knee. Game starts 9 p.m.

- ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks, optimistic that injured forward DeMarre Carroll will be able to play, look to even the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 on Friday night.

- CHICAGO - Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks host Corey Perry and the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The series is tied after Chicago's 3-2 triple-overtime win. Game starts 8 p.m.

- TAMPA, Fla. - The New York Rangers have given up 12 goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the past two games of the Eastern Conference finals and trail 2-1 entering Game 4 on Friday night.

- For a full decade, Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open. But his weak results and self-doubt of late suggest Novak Djokovic could take the title this year.

- FORT WORTH, Texas - Jordan Spieth, playing in his home state and as Masters champion, is in the field for the Colonial. The start of play was delayed three hours because of rain.

- NEW YORK - Rob Manfred speaks after his first owners' meeting as baseball commissioner.

- WASHINGTON - There's rarely a dull moment when it comes to Bryce Harper. It's been that way pretty much since the Washington Nationals brought him to the majors at age 19.

- INDIANAPOLIS - When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. It was at Indy where the barrier first came into play.

- CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick enters the Coca-Cola 600 weekend as he typically does - on top and ready for another run at the checkered flag.

- GENEVA - For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote buying. There's no need this time. Sepp Blatter is widely expected to be re-elected May 29 as president of soccer's governing body.

- GREENBURGH, N.Y. - New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas speaks with the media for the first time since he was given control of the WNBA team this month.

- NEW YORK - With Olympic qualifying starting this year, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross are favorites to win the gold medal in beach volleyball Rio. But they are still polishing their partnership.

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