BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- CLEVELAND - Two wins from their second straight title, the Golden State Warriors try to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are unbeaten at home this postseason and will have 20,000 screaming fans on their side in Game 3. Game starts 9:10 p.m.

- PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins rescued Phil Kessel from purgatory when they acquired the hard-shooting forward from Toronto last summer. Kessel has repaid them with the best hockey of his career, a stretch that has the Penguins on the verge of a Stanley Cup.

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- LONDON - Maria Sharapova is suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open.

- LOUISVILLE, Ky. - All 15,000-plus free tickets for Muhammad Ali's memorial service on Friday were claimed within an hour Wednesday. Some ticket holders immediately went online offering to sell their tickets.

- The Muslim funeral prayers planned for Muhammad Ali will be the most widely seen display of an Islamic ritual in a country wrestling with widespread bias against the faith. Organizers of the Jenazah service planned for Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky, said the gathering is open to all but is especially a chance for Muslims to say goodbye to the boxing great.

- CHICAGO - As a young boxer, Muhammad Ali searched for a faith to guide him as he confronted the indignities of racial discrimination. What he found was the Nation of Islam - the controversial black Muslims who preached a doctrine of strict separation of the races and described whites as the ''devil.'' His decade-long membership in the group stunned many, but Ali didn't waver.

- NEW YORK - Freddie Roach was 27 when he was first diagnosed with Parkinson's, not long after fellow boxer Muhammad Ali learned he had the disease. Roach, who is training Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming for a bout Saturday, says Ali visited his gym in Los Angeles about 15 years ago, and the two men discussed boxing and medicine.

- NEW YORK - Preakness winner Exaggerator is expected to be the favorite in a 13-horse field for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Position draw starts 11 a.m.

- ORLANDO, Fla. - Haiti and Brazil meet in the Copa America in their second Group B matches, with each team looking for its first win. Haiti is No. 74 in the FIFA world rankings while Brazil is No. 7. Haiti has played in just one World Cup, while Brazil has won soccer's premier event five times. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- PASADENA, Calif. - Mexico knows all about Jamaica's upset capabilities after holding off the surprising Reggae Boyz in last year's Gold Cup final. El Tri will be the wary favorites when the teams meet again in Copa America group play Thursday in the Mexico-loving Rose Bowl.

- SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner looks to win his seventh straight decision when he pitches for San Francisco against fellow ace lefty David Price and the Boston Red Sox. Game starts 10:15 p.m.

- CHICAGO - James Shields makes his Chicago debut as the freefalling White Sox meet Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals. Shields was acquired from San Diego last week by the White Sox, who have dropped 19 of 25 and are fourth in the AL Central at 29-29 after a 23-10 start. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

- NEW YORK - A capsule look at some of the top players eligible for the Major League Baseball draft, which begins Thursday night at MLB Network's studios with the Philadelphia Phillies holding the No. 1 pick.

- OKLAHOMA CITY - Auburn and Oklahoma will play one game for the national softball championship, a day after Auburn hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Sooners and tie the series at a game apiece. Game starts 7 p.m. Summary:

- NEW YORK - Ezra Edelman's documentary ''O.J.: Made in America'' tells of slayings, a trial and the life of a celebrity framed against the racial turmoil from which O.J. Simpson, a black man, was largely insulated by the warm embrace of the white mainstream. It airs on ABC and ESPN.