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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- MOSCOW - The message provided by Sepp Blatter's exit may be that no one and nothing are safe now in a dramatically changing FIFA. If this scandal could topple the previously untouchable Blatter, the World Cups to be hosted by Russia and Qatar - the first, one of the most powerful nations, the second, one of the richest - may not be guaranteed.

- TAMPA, Fla. - Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks visit Steven Stamkos and the Lightning for the Stanley Cup Final opener. Chicago is attempting to win its third NHL title in six seasons, while hungry Tampa Bay is making its first appearance in the final since 2004. Game starts 8 p.m.

- OAKLAND, Calif. - All the LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry talk, the rest or rust debate, can stop as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will take the court Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals - finally. The teams have been on an extended break since rolling through the conference finals, but now it's time to play.

- PARIS - No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open quarterfinals, while Serena Williams extends her bid for a 20th Grand Slam title.

- NEW YORK - Trainer Bob Baffert faces an anxious moment: learning where Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah will break from the starting gate when entries are taken and post positions are set for the Belmont Stakes.

- OKLAHOMA CITY - Florida and Michigan meet in a winner-take-all game for the Women's College World Series championship. Florida is going for a repeat, while Michigan seeks its first title since 2005. Game starts 8 p.m.

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