BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
- OAKLAND, Calif. - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers try to regroup after being overmatched by Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators have a problem. They're playing the speedy Pittsburgh Penguins while still trying to thump and hit their way through a series like they did against St. Louis and Anaheim. They better adjust by Game 3 on Saturday because the Penguins, up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, will start making them pay for all those trips to the penalty box.
- The Stanley Cup Final is taking on an NBA series-like feel this year, as the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins could take 17 days if they go all seven games. Hockey players and coaches are used to the rhythm of playing every other day in the playoffs, so it remains to be seen how the extra two-day breaks between games affect momentum and the course of the series.
- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Detroit has its octopi. The Panthers had their rats. Nashville has catfish, the beloved badge of honor for Predators fans who delight in throwing the Southern staple onto the ice. Who started it? Well, this fish story stretches from the home to one of the Original Six franchises to what was once one of the seediest neighborhoods in Nashville, to the long and twisting path of a man named Bob Wolf. Bar owner, chef, country music drummer and, to hear him tell it, original catfish tosser.
- PARIS - Rafael Nadal improves to 98-2 in the 100th five-set clay-court match of his career, and moves into the fourth round. Also, Garbine Muguruza advances, while fellow defending champion Novak Djokovic is on later.
- DUBLIN, Ohio - Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth shared the lead at the Memorial, Jordan Spieth was one behind and Dustin Johnson was trying to make the cut.
- GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Two-time defending champion Anna Nordqvist goes for three in a row when the ShopRite LPGA Classic gets underway.
- MILWAUKEE - Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (7-2) will come off a rare subpar start when he takes the mound to open a three-game series in Milwaukee. Righty Jimmy Nelson (3-3) goes for the Brewers. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
- SEATTLE - Facing more injury issues, the Seattle Mariners open a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners are awaiting injury updates about Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz. Game starts 10:10 p.m.
- CARDIFF, Wales - When Cristiano Ronaldo runs onto the field at the Millennium Stadium, he'll being trying to break new ground on some familiar territory. In the Champions League era, which started in 1992-93, no team has ever managed to defend its title. Madrid will get that chance Saturday against Juventus, and Ronaldo will be leading the way.
- CARDIFF, Wales - A look at the duels that could be decisive when Juventus and Real Madrid meet in Saturday's Champions League final: Gianluigi Buffon vs. Cristiano Ronaldo; Dani Alves vs. Marcelo; Gonzalo Higuain vs. Sergio Ramos; Paulo Dybala vs. Luka Modric; Massimiliano Allegri vs. Zinedine Zidane.
- Jose Aldo has reclaimed his UFC featherweight belt, and the Brazilian wants to re-establish his dominance in the division 18 months after his stunning loss to Conor McGregor. Top contender Max Holloway will attempt to interrupt Aldo's revival at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
- DOVER, Del. - Kyle Busch has reason to be irked. Joe Gibbs Racing is winless and has struggled this season. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves to Dover International Speedway, where qualifying starts 4 p.m.
- A look at the top performances, upsets and other surprises from the 16 NCAA baseball tournament regionals.