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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- HOYLAKE, England - Nothing has come easily to Rory McIlroy over the last 18 months. Yet there he was Sunday, introduced as the ''champion golfer of the year,'' his name etched on the British Open's claret jug.

- LOS ANGELES - The future of the Clippers is at stake with the resumption of a trial to determine whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion can go forward.

- CARCASSONNE, France - Closing in on a Tour de France title, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali understands that his sport is still paying the price for many years of doping. Monday is the race's second rest day.

- MOSCOW - Six players for Shakhtar Donetsk refuse to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the home city of the top soccer club. The team's owner says it will cost them millions.

- GREENSBORO, N.C. - The ACC's newest team has a new coach who isn't all that new: Bobby Petrino is back at Louisville after eight years, three jobs and two conference changes for the Cardinals.

- DALLAS - Coach Art Briles and the Baylor Bears arrive at Big 12 football media days as defending league champions for the first time.

- NFL preseason previews on teams from the AFC West and NFC West.

- EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' Chris Snee considers retirement after a 10-year NFL career. The 32-year-old guard has had two hip operations and is troubled by elbow and wrist problems.

- DETROIT - While most of the Tigers' relievers have been shaky, ex-Yankee Joba Chamberlain has been sensational of late for the AL Central leaders.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nine years after leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship, Marvin Williams returns home to North Carolina to play for the Hornets.

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