BC-AP Sports Digest

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014

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A separate World Cup Digest has been sent.



RIO DE JANEIRO — Coach Joachim Loew has shaped an entertaining and successful German team with a history of near misses. Now comes the final challenge for Germany — beating Lionel Messi and Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final. No European team has won a World Cup in the Americas. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--WCup-Argentina. By Karl Ritter. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— SOC--WCup-Messi-5 Things. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 550 words, photos.


A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cavaliers as NBA favorites. Yes, Cleveland is going to be good. It's impossible not to be with LeBron James. But as the dominos fall during free agency and the Miami Heat no longer the power they once were, the Eastern Conference will be up for grabs. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 750 words, photos.



BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil, trying to take some of the sting off its 7-1 humiliation by Germany, plays the Netherlands in the third-place game at the World Cup. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.

— With:

— RIO DE JANEIRO — SOC--WCup Watches. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


RIO DE JANEIRO — It seems strange, but the man who did more than anyone to make Brazil the most celebrated soccer has barely been seen during the World Cup's spiritual homecoming. Pele, however, is a man of many commitments. By Gerald Imray. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Wondering how to drive it like Dempsey, move it like Messi or rip it like Ronaldo? There's an app for that. Companies that produce soccer-related merchandise are already winning. The World Cup drives sales for not only jerseys and cleats, but Versace T-shirts and windshield wiper fluid. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— Also:

— RIO DE JANEIRO — SOC--WCup-Memorable Moments. By John Leicester. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— BRASILIA, Brazil — SOC--WCup-Rousseff. By Manuel Martinez. SENT: 600 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS — Mexico's Canelo Alvarez fights a risky bout against Erislandy Lara, a crafty southpaw who has made a reputation for himself since fleeing Cuba to pursue a pro boxing career. The two meet at a catch weight of 155 pounds with no titles on the line. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. Fight starts about 11:30 p.m.


NEWPORT, R.I. — Lindsay Davenport headlines the class enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Newport's grass courts. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— TEN--Hall of Fame. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.


GERARDMER, France — Blel Kadri of France wins the eighth stage of the Tour de France in a breakaway as the race enters the Vosges mountains. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy keeps the yellow jersey. The 100-mile ride shook up the overall standings, leaving mostly strong climbers on top. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— CYC--Tour de France-Glance. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

— CYC--Tour de France-5 Things to Know. By Jamey Keaten. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ATHENS, Ga. — Coming off a strong performance in the butterfly, Michael Phelps swims in his second event at the Bulldog Grand Slam when he goes in the 100-meter backstroke. Ryan Lochte, coming back from knee surgery, also competes. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Finals start 6 p.m.



SOUTHPORT, England — One year later, Inbee Park is still chasing history at the Women's British Open. Instead of trying to win an unprecedented fourth straight major, Park has a chance to become only the seventh woman to win four of the LPGA's majors. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--Women's British Open-Hull. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 550 words, photos.


ABERDEEN, Scotland — Justin Rose sets up a chance to capture consecutive titles, shooting a 5-under 66 to take a share of the Scottish Open lead with Marc Warren after three rounds. This is the final tuneup before the British Open. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--Scottish Open-Mickelson. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 300 words, photos.


EDMOND, Okla. — Colin Montgomerie is in front entering the third round of the U.S. Senior Open, the fourth of five majors on the Champions Tour. Scott Dunlap is a stroke behind and Bernhard Langer, who leads the tour with three wins this season, is two shots off the lead. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— SILVIS, Ill. — GLF--John Deere Classic. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.



HOYLAKE, England — So much has changed since Royal Liverpool last hosted the British Open eight years ago. The landscape in golf has changed, too. Once a sure thing in the majors, Tiger Woods is a mystery. Next week's British Open is his first major of the year after sitting out three months from back surgery. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos. also sent in advance.

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