BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
- PARAMUS, N.J. - Rory McIlroy, winner of three straight tournaments, including two majors, is the No. 1 seed when the FedEx Cup playoffs start at The Barclays.
- The NFL locker room was once a players-only domain. But now more coaches are asserting their presence in a place they weren't always welcomed.
- NEW YORK - The U.S. Open holds its draw, and Andy Murray could play top-seeded Novak Djokovic before the semifinals. Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka could face Serena Williams before the semis.
- PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles play the Steelers in an NFL exhibition game. It's unclear if Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play a day after a marijuana possession charge. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
- CHICAGO - The Giants and Cubs complete Tuesday night's rain-shortened game Chicago thought it won 2-0 after 2 1/2 innings. San Francisco's protest over a malfunctioning tarp was upheld. Game starts 5:05 p.m.
- GOLD COAST, Australia - After opening with a gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships, 17-year-old American Katie Ledecky just misses her own world record in the 800.
- Maya Moore put up great numbers all season for Minnesota. Now she has her first WNBA MVP award. The honor comes hours before the Lynx open their playoff series with the San Antonio Stars.
- SECAUCUS, N.J. - The WNBA holds its draft lottery, and Tulsa and Seattle have the best chance - 36 percent - to win the No. 1 pick. Connecticut has the other two lottery picks.
- PITTSBURGH - Simone Biles, the 17-year-old reigning world gymnastics champion, is a heavy favorite to repeat when the U.S. championships begins. Event starts 8 p.m.
- LONDON, Ontario - The Canadian Women's Open begins, with a field featuring the game's top four players: Stacey Lewis, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen.