BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- SOUTH BEND, Ind. - With or without a union, more rights and benefits are coming for college athletes. What's unclear is if big-time NCAA schools can contain other threats to the structure of college sports.

- CHICAGO - Michael Jordan is expected to take the stand in his case against a now-defunct grocery store chain that used the NBA great's image without permission in a 2009 ad.

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- Danica Patrick has a new deal to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing and a new NASCAR sponsor. Nature's Bakery, a Nevada-based food brand, replaces Patrick's longtime sponsor, GoDaddy.

- BALTIMORE - The NL East-leading New York Mets send 11-game winner Jacob deGrom to the mound against the Orioles. Baltimore has won four straight and is four back in the AL East. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

- OAKLAND, Calif. - Clayton Kershaw (10-6) starts for the first-place Dodgers, who begin an eight-game road trip against last-place Oakland. Game starts 10:05 p.m.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - Chris Johnson has finally landed on a team. The three-time Pro Bowl running back begins practice with the Arizona Cardinals after signing a one-year contract.

- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones is waiting on a new contract but going about his business as if nothing has changed. His immense value to the Falcons was clear in the preseason opener.

- COLUMBUS, Ohio - For all the talk of Ohio State's ability last season to replace one star quarterback with another, the running game was every bit as important to the Buckeyes' national championship.

- ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia must go with a new quarterback. Still, there is great anticipation this season could mark the end of the Bulldogs' 10-year SEC title drought.

- LOS ANGELES - Cody Kessler begins his third season as USC's starting quarterback. He thinks this might be the season when the Trojans finally have the depth and poise to live up to their big expectations.

- CINCINNATI - Defending champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams begin play at the Western & Southern Open, a tuneup for the U.S. Open.

- VOORHEES, N.J. - Danny Briere retires from the NHL as one of the smallest players to ever make such a big impact in the postseason.

- CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina basketball team got to witness history last week in Cuba - watching the U.S. flag raised over the American Embassy for the first time in more than a half century.

- BEIJING - Sebastian Coe and Sergei Bubka face election Wednesday for president of track and field's governing body. The organization needs to convince the public it can deal with the scourge of doping.

- MANCHESTER, England - Manchester United returns to Champions League play after a one-year absence. It faces Bruges of Belgium in one of five first-leg playoff matches.