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:

- KAZAN, Russia - Ryan Lochte becomes the first man at the world championships to win the 200-meter individual medley four consecutive times. This is the seventh medal won by the U.S. team in Kazan.

- AKRON, Ohio - Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson, winners of the year's three majors, are paired in the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational. The PGA Championship is next week at Whistling Straits.

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- RENO, Nev. - Geoff Ogilvy opens his title defense at the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's lone modified Stableford scoring event.

- LOS ANGELES - Floyd Mayweather Jr. begins the difficult business of selling his pricey pay-per-view bout with Andre Berto in a joint appearance. The two fight in Las Vegas in five weeks.

- PHILADELPHIA - Zack Grienke (10-2) starts for the Dodgers, trying to improve his major league-leading 1.41 ERA. He faces a Phillies team that has the worst record in the majors. Game starts 1:05 p.m.

- OXNARD, Calif. - Joseph Randle started camp as the front-runner to replace NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in Dallas. With all the injuries, he might be the last man standing.

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Baltimore Ravens won't be satisfied merely knocking down passes this season. They want interceptions, and their defensive backs are eager to comply.

- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hakeem Nicks keeps catching pass after pass in training camp with Tennessee. The Titans are looking for a starter opposite Kendall Wright, and Nicks wants that job.

- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama opens preseason camp with a quarterback competition between Jake Coker and David Cornwell and the same old lofty expectations.

- SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame begins practice with all but four starters returning from last season's team that finished 8-5. The biggest change comes at quarterback.

- ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan and coach Jim Harbaugh host the team's annual media day before the start of fall practice.

- WASHINGTON - Reinging U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic faces American Sam Querrey in a matchup of big servers at the hard-court Citi Open.