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:

- CLEVELAND - LeBron James has hinted at being more aggressive, and he'll need to be for the Cleveland Cavaliers to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Bulls, who pick-and-rolled their way to a win in Game 1. Game starts 7 p.m.

- HOUSTON - Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers look to go up 2-0 in their Western Conference semifinal with the Houston Rockets. Chris Paul missed the first game with a strained left hamstring and is questionable for Game 2. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

- WASHINGTON - Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has allowed only four goals through three games against the New York Rangers, a big reason Washington takes a 2-1 series lead into Game 4. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- TAMPA, Fla. - Back home after winning the first two games on the road, the Tampa Bay Lightning try to take a 3-0 lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game starts 7 p.m.

- PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Jordan Spieth atoned for his runner-up finish at the Masters a year ago with a green jacket. He also has a score to settle with the TPC Sawgrass.

- OKLAHOMA CITY - Bob Cousy, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas set the standard for championship point guards as capable scorers who mostly beat opponents setting up teammates. Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving are trying to see if they can take a different path to the title as capable passers who mostly beat opponents with their scoring.

-BARCELONA, Spain - Pep Guardiola, the former player who became Barcelona's most successful coach with 14 titles, makes his return to Camp Nou at the helm of Bayern Munich in their first-leg Champions League semifinal. Game starts 2:45 p.m.

- LAS VEGAS - Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi are both missing at least part of the upcoming WNBA season. Sylvia Fowles may be joining them if she doesn't get a trade. The three marquee players are putting their needs first over that of the league, something fairly new in the WNBA.

- ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals have won eight in a row and are 20-6, a franchise best since 1900. Lance Lynn (1-2, 3.07) opposes Jon Lester (1-2, 4.71) and the Chicago Cubs. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

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