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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- Three NBA playoff games: Houston (up 2-0) at Dallas, 7 p.m.; Toronto (down 2-0) at Washington, 8 p.m.; and Clippers (tied 1-1) at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.

- A look at Saturday's four NBA games: Hawks-Nets, Bulls-Bucks, Warriors-Pelicans and Grizzlies-Trail Blazers.

- Three NHL playoff games: Ottawa (down 3-1) at Montreal, 7 p.m.; Pittsburgh (down 3-1) at Rangers, 7 p.m.; and Minnesota (tied 2-2) at St. Louis, 9:30 p.m.

- A look at Saturday's four NHL games: Capitals-Islanders, Red Wings-Lightning, Predators-Blackhawks and Canucks-Flames.

- LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest defensive boxer in history, and Manny Pacquiao hasn't shown knockout power in a while. Expect this fight to go to the scorecards.

- LAS VEGAS - The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is packing Las Vegas on what already is usually a huge gambling weekend. Lots of businesses are predicting record hauls.

- NEW YORK - Wladimir Klitschko puts his 19-bout winning streak and four heavyweight championships on the line when he fights unbeaten Bryant Jennings on Saturday night.

- NEW YORK - The Subway Series opens at Yankee Stadium with both teams in first place. The Mets have won 11 straight, the Yankees six of seven. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

- Some of college football's top players are taking a pass on attending the NFL draft, preferring to spend the big night closer to home.

- AVONDALE, La. - Boo Weekley and Brendon de Jonge lead by a stroke heading into the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

- DALY CITY, Calif. - Top-ranked and defending champion Lydia Ko is in front entering the second round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA. Among those one-stroke back is 54-year-old Juli Inkster.

- RICHMOND, Va. - Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart had decent runs last week at Bristol. Now they shift to another short-track at Richmond International Raceway.

- LONDON - Usain Bolt believes Tyson Gay should have been thrown out of the sport for doping, calling his American rival's reduced ban for cooperating with investigators ''the stupidest thing I've ever heard.''

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