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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:

- ZURICH - Sepp Blatter resists calls to resign as head of soccer's governing body amid a bribery and corruption scandal. The 79-year-old FIFA chief says: ''We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time.''

- MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses the U.S. of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hints that this case is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup from his country.

- LONDON - Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's governing body clean up its act.

- PARIS - Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advance to the third round at the French Open while Caroline Wozniacki loses in straights.

- NEW YORK - The Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning are down to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Friday night in a wild Eastern Conference finals between two of the NHL's best offensive teams.

- ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Ducks have blown a 3-2 series lead and lost a Game 7 at home in each of the past two NHL postseasons. On Saturday, when they play Chicago, they're one loss from doing it again.

- CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls fire coach Tom Thibodeau two weeks after the team is eliminated by the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs. Friction with management led to the change.

- The NBA takes a pause - a long pause - before starting its finals June 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

- OAKLAND, Calif. - Warriors owner Joe Lacob was lambasted for a trade and questionable coaching firing. He can't help but feel a little vindicated with his team in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

- Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah figures to have nine challengers when he runs in the Belmont Stakes next weekend, trying to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

- PHILADELPHIA - Tim Tebow practices for the first time since he signed with the Eagles following a two-year absence from the NFL.

- SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks introduce Peter DeBoer as their coach. DeBoer has coached seven seasons in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils.

- IRVING, Texas - Jordan Spieth plays in his home tournament for first time as Masters champion in the opening round of Byron Nelson. The defending champion is Brendon Todd.

- NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland - Rory McIlroy, competing in his home country, shoots a 9-over-par 80 for his worst score of the season in the opening round of the Irish Open.

- NEW YORK - Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre meets with the Commissioner Rob Manfred, looking for major league baseball to return to his city.

- DETROIT - Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya now turns his attention to the Belle Isle Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend in Detroit.

- SAN DIEGO - Nearly a year after Tony Gwynn died, San Diego State's baseball team still keeps a bobblehead of their former coach with them. The Aztecs are in the regionals for the third straight year.

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