BC-Sports Preview Digest

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

- SOUTHPORT, England - It wasn't long ago that Rory McIlroy was the undisputed best golfer in the world and he thought it would be like that for a long time. Now he's trying to simply get back into the conversation going into the British Open.

- SOUTHPORT, England - The last time the British Open was at Royal Birkdale, Sandy Lyle and Rich Beem walked off the course in the whipping wind and rain. More than any other major, the weather plays an important role.

- SOUTHPORT, England - The British Open is not only golf's longest running major championship but its most quirky. Simply put, it's like nothing you'll see any other week in the largely cookie cutter world of tournament golf. So for those tuning in this week, here's a guide to all things you'll need to know.

- MINNEAPOLIS - Buoyed by the acquisition of slugger Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, the New York Yankees try to win the series in Minnesota by sending rookie Jordan Montgomery to the mound for the rubber game. Jose Berrios pitches for the Twins. Game starts 1:10 p.m.

- CINCINNATI - A day after acquiring outfielder J.D. Martinez in a trade with Detroit, the Arizona Diamondbacks play the second game of their series against the Reds, who are 0-5 since the All-Star break. Zack Greinke (11-4) faces Tim Adleman (5-7). Game starts 7:10 p.m.

- CHICAGO - The Dodgers can win their 11th straight when they conclude a two-game set against the White Sox. Los Angeles owns the best record in baseball at 65-29 and has won 30 of 34, including its second 10-game winning streak of the season. The last-place White Sox are calling up their top prospect, 22-year-old infielder Yoan Moncada, from the minors before the game. Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda (7-4) will face Chicago lefty Carlos Rodon (1-2). Game starts 8:10 p.m.

- PHILADELPHIA - Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley have been added to the U.S. roster for the Americans' CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against El Salvador. By Ronald Blum. Game starts 9 p.m.

- MINNEAPOLIS - Jamal Crawford could've gone to the Cleveland Cavaliers to chase his first career NBA Finals appearance. Instead, the 37-year-old chose to sign with one of the toughest coaches in the league, hoping Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves can squeeze a few more good years out of him.

- LOS ANGELES - With Chris Paul traded to Houston, Blake Griffin interrupts his summer vacation to talk about the new-look Los Angeles Clippers.

- OPELIKA, Ala. - Jim Furyk isn't eligible for a major for the first time since 1995, but the 17-time PGA Tour winner opted to compete in the Barbasol Championship instead of taking the week off. Davis Love III, another veteran and former major champion, is playing against son Dru.

- BRIANCON, France - A Stage 17 in the mountain passes of the Alps sees two-time champion Alberto Contador try to get himself back into the race for the yellow jersey and green jersey holder Marcel Kittel drop out after a crash.

- BUDAPEST, Hungary - Not everyone gets a medal at the world aquatic championships. It only seems that way. A plethora of titles are being handed out along the banks of Danube, far more than are available at the Olympics, though there are some downright puzzling events. Anyone up for some solo synchronized swimming?

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