BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- The NFL players' union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady's four-game suspension last week that was ''met with silence'' by the league, the AP is told.

- SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France - Chris Froome is halfway through the Alps, the last obstacle to his second Tour de France victory. He maintains his lead during an 18th stage won by Romain Bardet.

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- ST. LOUIS - The Royals and Cardinals, cross-state rivals with the top records in the NL and AL, meet in a makeup game from a rainout last month. Game starts 7:15 p.m.

- NEW YORK - Clayton Kershaw takes a 20-inning scoreless streak into his start when the first-place Dodgers play the light-hitting New York Mets. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

- TORONTO - The Maple Leafs hire longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello as general manager. He resigns as Devils president to take the job. New Jersey won three Stanley Cups during Lamoriello's stay.

- ATLANTA - Coach Jurgen Klinsmann says there's no need to panic, not even after the biggest upset loss in U.S. soccer history - a 2-1 defeat to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals.

- ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - The World Cup draw is Saturday, with Romania and Wales expected to be among Europe's top seeds. The two nations have not qualified for a World Cup in decades.

- PORTLAND, Ore. - Nowhere could the lift from the World Cup in women's soccer be more apparent than in Portland, where more than 21,000 fans watched a National Women's Soccer League game.

- INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Gordon's farewell tour makes its next stop at the Brickyard this weekend. The five-time race winner will be honored with a parade in the nearby town where he once lived.

- DETROIT - Roger Penske headlines the latest class inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

- Watchdog groups criticize the human rights records of China and Kazakhstan, just over a week before the IOC decides on whether to award the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing or Almaty.

- TORONTO - Toronto is a two-time loser in Olympic bidding. With the Pan Am Games closing Sunday, the talk is whether Canada's largest city will - or should - bid for the Olympics a third time.

- LONDON - Usain Bolt is waiting to see if he has fully recovered from a left leg injury. Still, the Olympic great is sure he will run at next month's world championships in Beijing.