BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- Serena Williams could face a series of tests at the U.S. Open in her bid for the Grand Slam. Several might come against other Americans, including sister Venus.

- CINCINNATI - Roger Federer took a month off after his loss in the Wimbledon final. He got back on the court in Cincinnati and won his seventh title without dropping a set. Next up, the U.S. Open.

- SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has covered many miles during his run into history. Now he awaits nine rivals in the Travers Stakes on Saturday.

- ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Like every great performer, American Pharaoh won't cede center stage until he's good and ready. The Triple Crown champion has delivered the kind of buzz racing has craved.

- BEIJING - Dafne Schippers, a Dutch heptathlete turned sprinter, captures the 200 meters at the world championships. Aries Merritt, awaiting a kidney transplant, wins the bronze medal in the 110 hurdles.

- FRANKFURT, Germany - A German sailor is being treated daily at a hospital for skin infections after competing in polluted water at a test event for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

- LOS ANGELES - City analysts warn that construction costs for athlete housing in Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid may be significantly underestimated. The U.S. Olympic Committee faces a Sept. 15 bid deadline.

- SONOMA, Calif. - Instead of celebrating its season finale, IndyCar heads to a somber championship weekend following the death of popular driver Justin Wilson.

- EDISON, N.J. - Bubba Watson and Tony Finau are part of a four-way tie for the lead at The Barclays. Jordan Spieth is nine shots behind and trying to make the cut.

- ST. LOUIS - Daniel Rodriguez is a 27-year-old player trying to make the Rams. He's also a rookie who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has wounds to show for it, with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - Her groundbreaking stint as a coaching intern with the Cardinals near an end, Jen Welker calls the experience ''fantastic.'' She says the staff and players accepted her without reservation.

- Three exhibition games: New England at Carolina (7:30 p.m.); Tennessee at Kansas City (8 p.m.); Detroit at Jacksonville (8 p.m.).

- NEW YORK - Winners of seven straight and coming off a four-game sweep of the Phillies, the first-place Mets send Matt Harvey to the mound against the last-place Boston Red Sox. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - Clayton Kershaw, 5-0 with an 0.90 ERA in his last nine starts, starts for the first-place Dodgers against a Chicago Cubs team in contention for a wild card. Game starts 10 p.m.

- LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska lineman Alex Lewis left a Colorado jail 15 months ago after spending almost a month there for his role in a 2013 assault. This season he is one of the Cornhuskers' captains.

NEW YORK - The Liberty can clinch their first playoff spot in three seasons when they host the Minnesota Lynx. New York and Minnesota are the WNBA conference leaders. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

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