BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
- ZURICH - FIFA rejects calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia because of the country's alleged role in downing an airliner. The soccer body says the tournament can ''achieve positive change.''
- COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The Hall of Fame on Sunday welcomes slugger Frank Thomas and pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Also inducted are managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.
- GLASGOW, Scotland - Boxing at the Commonwealth Games has a new look - no headgear for men. Medical experts say such gear actually increases the chance of concussions.
- GLASGOW, Scotland - European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams is out of the Commonwealth Games, the second Welsh athlete this month suspended for doping.
- BERGERAC, France - The Tour de France covers a flat route before its last challenge - Saturday's time trial. Barring the improbable, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali will take home the yellow jersey.
- RENTON, Wash. - Day One of training camp for the Super Bowl champs, and already it's interesting. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is unhappy with his contract and is expected to be absent.
- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Rob Gronkowski is back at practice for the Patriots after being sidelined most of last season. If the star tight end can stay healthy, the offense should look a lot better.
- BEREA, Ohio - Brian Hoyer has waited a lifetime for his chance to start at quarterback for the Browns. He's overcome a serious knee injury and now he has to hold off hotshot rookie Johnny Manziel.
- SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum starts for the Giants against Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series between the top teams in the NL West. Game starts 10:15 p.m.
- INDIANAPOLIS - Juan Pablo Montoya returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with only one goal - to win the NASCAR race that slipped away twice before.
- MONTREAL - Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam are in front by a stroke going into the second round of the Canadian Open at rain-softened Royal Montreal.
- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - After going winless in the opening round of the International Crown, the United States shuffles its lineup for an important matchup against Spain in the eight-nation tournament.
- BRIDGEND, Wales - Bernhard Langer is in front entering the second round of the British Senior Open, with Bob Tway two strokes back.