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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- LONDON - Russian soccer is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that could jeopardize visitor safety at the 2018 World Cup, a report obtained by the AP finds.

- CHICAGO - The Bulls expect Derrick Rose to return this season after surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee. The team says the oft-injured star point guard will be out four to six weeks.

- NEW YORK - The NBA will begin revealing whether it determined referees' crunch-time calls to be right or wrong. The reports will start Monday and continue throughout the playoffs.

- INDIANAPOLIS - Cleveland, winners of 18 of its last 20, plays an Indiana Pacers team that beat the Cavaliers three weeks ago for one of the two losses in the streak. Game starts 7 p.m.

- PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Jim Herman leads by a shot lead going into the rain-delayed second round of the Honda Classic. Rory McIlroy, in his 2015 American debut, is eight strokes behind.

- The NHL-leading Nashville Predators already have made one significant trade. But that doesn't mean they're done dealing. The same can be said for many other teams, with Monday's trade deadline approaching.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jimmy Rollins spent two hours this week chatting and working out with Dodgers teammate Yasiel Puig. The veteran shortstop is adjusting to new surroundings.

- WICHITA, Kan. - In a Missouri Valley Conference showdown, No. 10 Northern Iowa plays No. 11 Wichita State on Saturday for the regular-season championship.

- Two Pac-12 teams are locks to make the NCAA Tournament - Arizona and Utah. For the league to add more, those teams on the tournament bubble have work to do.

- GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Billy Donovan again goes for his 500th career victory when the Gators play Tennessee on Saturday.

- RIO DE JANEIRO - The IOC executive board hears progress reports from organizers of the next three Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Pyeongchang and Tokyo.

- Earl Lloyd, the NBA's first black player, has died at 86. He debuted in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.

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