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:
- Even if only for two weeks, can ''Faster-Higher-Stronger'' overpower deadlier, scarier and bloodier? Can the Olympic Games offer the world momentary levity, distract from terror, shootings, poverty and other worries in globally grim times? And, if not, what use is the multibillion dollar celebration of youthful endeavor and mostly niche sports?
- Gold, silver, bronze and Pikachu. The AP travels around the Olympic venues to see how many Pokemon are hiding as ''Pokemon Go'' is released in Latin America just in time for the Summer Games.
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- RIO DE JANEIRO - The defending champions are ready for their international introduction. The U.S. men's basketball team holds its Olympic news conference, where it will try to explain to a worldwide media that still calls it the Dream Team that winning a third straight gold medal isn't a given. News conference starts 1:15 p.m.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder have reached a new deal with All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. The two sides have agreed on a new three-year contract worth $85.7 million, the AP is told.
- BALTIMORE - Left-hander Wade Miley makes his debut with the Baltimore Orioles, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers in a matchup of first-place teams at Camden Yards. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
- DETROIT - Jordan Zimmermann returns from the disabled list for the Tigers, who have won eight straight. Jose Quintana starts for Chicago. Game starts 1 p.m.
- TAMPA, Fla. - Nine games into his bid to transform the bumbling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into championship contenders, the normally unflappable Tony Dungy reached a boiling point. A 1-8 record was discouraging, but hardly the only disheartening aspect of yet another slow start for a perennial last-place franchise that suffered through 13 consecutive losing seasons before the young coach's arrival in 1996.
- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney meets his new teammates and practices for the first time with the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Dan Quinn plans to bring Freeney along slowly over the next few days.
- In the history of college football, only 44 schools have been able to make the claim ''We're No. 1'' and have The Associated Press poll back up the boast. The AP has ranked the No. 1s by number of times holding the top spot.
- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Defending national champion Alabama opens preseason camp in search of a starting quarterback for the third straight year.
- CROMWELL, Conn. - Three-quarters of the U.S. men's Olympic golf team will be playing together in the first round of the Traveler's Championship. Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are scheduled to go out as a trio on the newly renovated TPC River Highlands course.