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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- LONDON - Russia loses its appeal of the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a decision that could intensify pressure on the IOC to bar the country entirely from next month's Rio de Janeiro Games.

- LONDON - Usain Bolt says the ban on Russia's track and field team sends a powerful message that should scare drug cheats.

- Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte will not be as busy as they would have liked at the Olympics. The two U.S. swimmers have just three individual events between them in Rio.

- WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg (13-0) is on the mound for the first-place Nationals, facing the Los Angeles Dodgers and 19-year-old pitcher Julio Urias. Game starts 12:05 p.m.

- NEW YORK - CC Sabathia and the Yankees go for a four-game sweep of Baltimore. Chris Tillman (13-2) starts for the Orioles, who have lost four in a row and their AL East lead. Game starts 1:05 p.m.

- Separate training camp previews and capsules on all NFL teams.

- OAKVILLE, Ontario - Top-ranked Jason Day opens his Canadian Open title defense in a field featuring U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson. Also playing are Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Matt Kuchar.

- GURNEE, Ill. - The UL International Crown begins outside Chicago with eight four-ball matches. Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr play for the U.S. South Korea is favored in the eight-country event.

- NEW YORK - Social activism is coming at a cost for WNBA players. The league fines the Liberty, Mercury and Fever and their players for wearing black warmup shirts in response to recent shootings.

- MEGEVE, France - Chris Froome extends his overall lead by winning the 18th stage of the Tour de France. The 10.5-mile mountain time trial features majestic views of Mont Blanc.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The ACC and ESPN appear set to introduce the conference's long-awaited television network. Commissioner John Swofford is to give his state of the league speech.

- CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Prosecutors intend to appeal a ''shockingly'' lenient six-year jail sentence for Oscar Pistorius. They say such a decision could bring the country's justice system into ''disrepute.''

- SEOUL, South Korea - Two baseball players in South Korea are indicted, accused of manipulating games in a gambling case that deals another blow to pro sports in the country.

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