BC-AP-AP Sports Preview Digest, AP
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. A separate Olympic Digest has been sent. All times EDT:
Editors: Retransmits to add Pac-12 football preview.
- INDIANAPOLIS - Bryan Clauson, considered the top dirt-track racer in the country, has died from injuries suffered in an accident at the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. He was 27.
- BEREA, Ohio - Robert Griffin III has been named the Cleveland's starting quarterback by Browns coach Hue Jackson.
- Stories from other NFL training camps.
- MIAMI - Ace Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.87) pitches against Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.73) when 3,000-hit hero Ichiro Suzuki and the Miami Marlins open a homestand against NL West leader San Francisco. Cueto has lost his last two decisions and is winless in his last four starts overall. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
- The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame unveils its Class of 2016. Announcement at 7 p.m.
- LOS ANGELES - Stanford coach David Shaw only needed a few words to epitomize why his Cardinal are the Pac-12 football favorites this fall - and also why that distinction doesn't mean much. ''I think we have a chance to be a good team, but we're a team in flux,'' Shaw said after learning his Cardinal had won the preseason media poll.The West Coast's top league is wide open heading into the fall.
- Alabama and the Southeastern Conference are back on top of the college football world, but a league with few established quarterbacks faces some challenges in staying there.
- RIO DE JANEIRO - It has come to this for the Brazilian men's soccer team: The fans are so disappointed with the team that they heckled football icon Neymar and chanted the name of the women team's star during a lackluster, scoreless tie against Iraq. Brazil is now facing elimination - a prospect that once seemed unthinkable in the soccer-obsessed Olympic host country.
- RIO DE JANEIRO - Ibtihaj Muhammad has viewed her Olympic platform as a chance to change misconceptions about Muslim Americans. She became the first U.S. athlete to compete wearing a hijab - and a medal isn't out of the question for her.
- RIO DE JANEIRO - Following a blowout win over China in their opener, the U.S. men's basketball team continues its road to another gold medal. The U.S. plays Venezuela, competing in its first Olympics since 1992 and which lost to the Americans by 35 points last week. Game starts 6 p.m.
- RIO DE JANEIRO - Usain Bolt will soon resume his quest for more gold medals in sprinting after his dominating performances in the last two Summer Olympics. Bolt speaks to reporters about his experience in Brazil as he prepares to run for three more gold medals when track and field starts later this week. Event starts 4 p.m.