BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- RIO DE JANEIRO - The impeachment and suspension of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff could actually help the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, shifting the focus from politics to sports.

- PARIS - French prosecutors say $2 million associated with Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympics was apparently paid to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former IAAF president.

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- LONDON - The IOC ''would not hesitate'' to retest drug samples from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi if there is evidence doping controls were manipulated, the Olympic body tells the AP.

- MONTREAL - Athletes around the world are urging the World Anti-Doping Agency to use its influence to ensure Russians be banned from this summer's Olympics if there's no guarantee they are clean.

- OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Thunder, backed by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, can oust the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 and reach the Western Conference finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- MIAMI - The Miami Heat try to avoid elimination and force Game 7 when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 on Friday night in a series where injuries keep mounting.

- ORLANDO, Fla. - Scott Skiles resigns as Orlando Magic coach after one year, a somewhat surprising decision that comes about a month after a 35-47 season.

- SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Sharks and Predators go to Game 7, with a spot in the Western Conference final at stake. San Jose, however, was a stronger road team this season. Game starts 9 p.m.

- ARLINGTON, Va. - A record number of second-round games went to overtime, and most were settled quickly. Physical and mental factors explain why.

- PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Jordan Spieth, playing for the first time since losing a five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters, is part of golf's strongest field in The Players Championship.

- BALTIMORE - The last time trainer Doug O'Neill brought a Kentucky Derby winner to Baltimore, he captured the Preakness with I'll Have Another. Now he readies Nyquist for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

- WASHINGTON - Max Scherzer's record-tying 20-strikeout performance was only the latest in a series of newsworthy moments for the Washington Nationals, one right after the other.

- BOSTON - In a matchup of struggling Cy Young Award winners, Houston's Dallas Keuchel faces Boston's David Price. The Astros are coming of a 16-inning win Wednesday. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

- RENTON, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette retires following a serious neck injury last season in a game against Dallas.

- ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - U.S. moves a step closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating France 4-0.

- ROME - Roger Federer loses to Dominic Thiem in the third round of Italian Open but is encouraged that his ailing back held up. Serena Williams rallies past a qualifier.

- COLUMBUS, Neb. - Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley is making a goodwill tour across Nebraska, where college football is king. With a conference championship drought dating to 1999, he knows that fans want more.