BC-AP Sports Digest

BC-AP Sports Digest,1374

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NEW YORK — The New York Knicks found their point guard to team with Jeremy Lin — or perhaps even replace him. Jason Kidd is leaving the Dallas Mavericks to sign with the Knicks, according to multiple reports. He could rotate in with Lin, or inherit the point guard role full time if the Knicks reverse course and decline to match an offer the Houston Rockets made to Lin, a restricted free agent whom they have said they intend to keep. By Brian Mahoney. Sent


— NEW YORK — BKN--Rockets-Lin. AP Source: Lin agrees to offer sheet with Rockets. By Kristie Rieken. Sent


WIMBLEDON, England — Instead of counting Serena Williams out at Wimbledon, it was much easier to count her aces. About a month after losing in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, Williams hit a tournament-record 24 aces Thursday to reach her seventh Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Victoria Azarenka on Centre Court. Williams will be going for her 14th Grand Slam title against Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday. By Chris Lehourites.

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— A five-alarm fire damaged the roof of the historic Hersheypark Arena in Pennsylvania on Thursday. The 75-year-old arena is where Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA record 100 points in a game in 1962.

— AP's Haven Daley introduces this year's men's and women's U.S. Olympic Gymnastics teams. Both are expected to medal in London when the games begin in just a few weeks.

— At the Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska, runners race to the summit of a 3,022-foot mountain, then back to town. Along the way, they must navigate jagged rocks, steep inclines and other runners.



ROUEN, France — Lance Armstrong accused U.S Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday of waging a "vendetta" against him following reports that several former teammates have received reduced suspensions after admitting to doping in return for testifying against the seven-time Tour de France champion. By Samuel Petrequin. Sent

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MINNEAPOLIS — Brandon Roy is on his way to Minnesota to start his comeback in the same place his career began seven years ago. If Nicolas Batum has his way, he'll soon join his former Blazers teammate with the Timberwolves. By Jon Krawczynski.

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NEW ORLEANS — The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the bounty investigation, calling Commissioner Roger Goodell "incurably and evidently biased." By Brett Martel. Sent

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— NEW ORLEANS — FBN--Bounties-Vilma. Vilma asks judge to overturn suspension, while Goodell seeks dismissal of defamation claim. By Brett Martel. Sent



For the longest time, Taylor Phinney was simply the son of Olympic medalists Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney. That started to change when Phinney emerged as a track cycling prodigy a few years ago, and the full transformation finally occurred at this year's Giro d'Italia, where one of America's top young riders raced to victory in the opening time trial. Now the 22-year-old Phinney has been chosen to ride both the time trial and road race for the U.S. team at the London Olympics. By Dave Skretta.

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— LONDON — OLY--London 2012-Weather. After a sodden spring, is Britain heading for a summer washout? By Danica Kirka.

— LONDON — EU--Britain-Terrorism Arrests. British anti-terror raids net 6 arrests, police say operation isn't Olympics-related. By Raphael Satter. Sent

— LAS VEGAS — OLY--BKO-US Camp. US men's Olympic team set for camp, roster picks. By Brian Mahoney. Sent



WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Tiger Woods blamed a lack of preparation time for putting himself in a bad spot at the Greenbrier Classic. Coming off a win last week at Congressional, Woods shot a 1-over-par 71 Thursday and was eight strokes behind first-round leader Vijay Singh on the Old White TPC Course. He'll need some improvement on Friday to keep pace with a field that amassed 62 under-par rounds Thursday. By John Raby.

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KOHLER, Wis. — For Cristie Kerr, it certainly didn't look like the start of a bogey-free day when she hooked her first tee shot into the water. But Kerr recovered to make par, then went on to shoot a 3-under 69 to grab a share of the first-round lead at the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday, along with fellow Americans Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas. By Chris Jenkins.

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— MEXICO CITY — GLF--Ochoa-Return. Former No. 1 Lorena Ochoa making limited return to golf. Sent



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bruton Smith has an idea how to create more excitement in NASCAR. NASCAR President Mike Helton didn't sound very interested in the billionaire track promoter's suggestion to throw bogus cautions to bunch up the field. Smith argued last weekend at Kentucky that long green-flag runs are damaging NASCAR and floated his theory on creating mandatory cautions. On Thursday, Helton said NASCAR fans don't want manufactured drama. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. Sent

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Residents in Kansas City's urban core say they welcome the city's efforts to clean up blighted neighborhoods near sites that will host activities associated with next week's All-Star Game. They are also wondering why it took a professional sporting event to get something done about eyesores that have been largely ignored by the city for decades. By Bill Draper.

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— HAVANA — BBO--Cuba-Us. Cuba, US resume baseball series after 16 years. By Peter Orsi.

— NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Lou Gehrig's Home Run Ball. Conn. family selling Lou Gehrig's home run ball. By John Christoffersen. Sent

— CHICAGO — BBO--All-Star Final Vote. Rangers Darvish Cardinals Freese voted to All-Star game. Sent

— TORONTO — BBA--Blue Jays-Moyer. Blue Jays release LHP Jamie Moyer. Sent



SAINT-QUENTIN, France — The avalanche of pileups and injuries that marred the first week of the Tour de France has brought back bad memories for race favorite Bradley Wiggins. The former Olympic track champion, who crashed out of last year's race with a broken collarbone, is just happy luck seems to have finally chosen his side. By Samuel Petrequin.

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— LONDON — OLY--ATH-Bolt-Monaco. Olympic champion Usain Bolt withdraws from Monaco Diamond League meet with 'slight problem'. Gerald Imray. Sent

— LOS ANGELES — BKN-Lakers-Nash. Children and championships: Steve Nash tells why he chose Lakers, and new teammates celebrate. By Greg Beacham. Sent

— CLEVELAND — US--Obit-Jimmy Bivins. Heavyweight boxer Jimmy Bivins dies in Ohio at 92. Sent

— ZURICH — SOC--FIFA-Goal-Line-Technology. Soccer gives stamp of approval to goal-line technology, headscarves for Muslim women. By Graham Dunbar. Sent

— CARSON, Calif. — SOC--MLS-Beckham Suspended. Beckham suspended 1 game for kicking ball at fallen opponent. Sent

— WASHINGTON, Pa. — RAC--Harness Racing Record. Harness racing driver Dave Palone sets North American career wins record. Sent

— HERSHEY, Pa. — US--Hershey Arena Fire. Fire damages historic Hersheypark Arena where Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. Sent

Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)


American League

Kansas City at Detroit, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Baltimore at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

National League

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Houston, 8:05 p.m.

Miami at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Cincinnati at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.


San Antonio at Washington, 7 p.m.

Connecticut at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

New York at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.