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:

- PHILADELPHIA - No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Ben Simmons will be introduced in Philadelphia after being selected by the Sixers. News conference starts 3 p.m.

- NEW YORK - The Knicks introduce Derrick Rose, the former NBA MVP they acquired from the Chicago Bulls. News conference starts 6 p.m.

- CLEVELAND - Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue received a phone call from President Barack Obama, who congratulated him on leading the team to an NBA championship and invited the Cavs to visit him in the White House.

- LONDON - Defending champion Novak Djokovic could have to get past seven-time winner Roger Federer to reach the Wimbledon final. Federer was placed in Djokovic's top half of the Wimbledon draw, meaning Djokovic could face Federer in the semifinals.

- Novak Djokovic owns 12 Grand Slam singles titles and has won four consecutive major tennis tournaments. Now, with Wimbledon starting Monday, there is something more for Djokovic to pursue: a ''Golden Slam,'' consisting of winning all four major singles titles, plus an Olympic singles gold medal, in one season.

- BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Toronto Maple Leafs open the NHL draft with the option of making Arizona-born center Auston Matthrews the first American to go No. 1 since the Chicago Blackhawks selected Patrick Kane in 2007. Draft starts 7 p.m.

- CINCINNATI - Pete Rose has attended gatherings at Great American Ball Park to honor former teammates on the Big Red Machine. This time, he's the focus.

- PORTLAND, Ore. - Nike drops its lawsuit against Boris Berian over what brand of gear he wears, freeing the middle-distance runner to concentrate on the Olympic Trials next week.

- ST. LOUIS - Three-time defending world champion Simone Biles and reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas headline the field for the US women's gymnastics championships, the last preliminary event before the Olympic Trials next month in San Jose. Meet starts 8 p.m.

- BETHESDA Md. - Jon Rahm goes into the second round of the Quicken Loans National as the leader in his first event as a professional. Ernie Els and others are chasing.

- ROGERS, Ark. - Top-ranked Lydia Ko is paired with local favorite and former No. 1 Stacy Lewis in the opening round of the LPGA's NW Arkansas Championship.

- Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns like what they've seen from Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, who meet Saturday night at New York's Barclays Center for Thurman's WBA welterweight title.

- OMAHA, Neb. - Oklahoma State can clinch a spot in next week's College World Series finals with a victory over Arizona in a bracket final. The Wildcats would have to win this game and another one on Saturday against the Cowboys to reach the finals. Game starts 3 p.m.

- OMAHA, Neb. - TCU plays Coastal Carolina in a bracket final at the College World Series. The Horned Frogs can clinch a spot in next week's finals with a win. If the Chanticleers win, the teams meet again Saturday. Game starts 8 p.m.


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