BC-AP Sports Digest, 1st Ld-Writethru,1647
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — San Francisco's Matt Cain starts for the NL against Detroit's Justin Verlander of the AL when the All-Star game returns to Kansas City for the first time since 1973. Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Yu Darvish are among the record five rookies on hand. By Ronald Blum. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Joe Mauer has played enough games against the Royals to understand how insufferable the heat can be in Kansas City. So the Twins' catcher is relieved to see the heat wave finally crack. Then again, that means the temperatures will be merely in the 90s. By Dave Skretta. Early story. Sent.
I was on 12 All-Star rosters, most as a legit All-Star deserving the honor. It was always a great event, but the All-Star game has been the black sheep event of Bud Selig's tenure as baseball commissioner. Try as he might, he can't get it where it once was. By Mike Schmidt.
— BBO--All-Star Game-Notebook. By R.B. Fallstrom. To be sent before game, updated after.
— BBO--MLB-HGH Testing. Major League Baseball could start in-season testing for human growth hormone next year. By Ronald Blum. Sent.
LONDON — High-rise residents lose their bid to remove the missile base from their building. Judge says missiles present "no real threat" to residents and are key to Olympic security. The missiles will be installed within days on the 17-story tower, one of six sites around London where surface-to-air missiles will be stationed. By Jill Lawless. Sent.
OLY--LONDON 2012-BANNISTER TORCH
OXFORD, England — Roger Bannister returns to the track where he broke the four-minute barrier for the mile 58 years ago, walking slowly at 83 but smiling broadly as he carries the Olympic torch across the finish line 17 days before the start of the London Games. By Barbara Surk. Sent.
— OLY--London 2012-Torch. Sent.
OLY--BKO-FRIENDS AND FOES
LAS VEGAS — Kevin Durant now must look every day at LeBron James, the guy who beat him for the NBA's biggest prize. They're friends, so maybe Durant doesn't mind. Kobe Bryant, however, is not so sure he could be that forgiving if he were in that position. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney.
— LONDON — OLY--ATH-Bolt. Usain Bolt's agent says Olympic champion back in full training, "feeling good" before London Games. By Gerald Imray. Sent.
— MONTREAL — OLY--WADA-London 2012-Doping. Head of World Anti-Doping Agency tells drug cheats to withdraw from Olympic teams, stay away from the London Games. Sent.
— COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — OLY--US Uniforms. Berets are back for the U.S. Olympic team, part of uniform for opening ceremony. Sent.
— SAO PAULO — OLY--SOC-Brazil-Win or Bust. Only gold will do for Brazil in men's Olympic soccer. By Tales Azzoni. Sent.
— DAMASCUS, Syria — OLY--London 2012-Syria. Syrian Olympic head says he's not invited to Olympics. Sent.
— NAAS, Ireland — OLY--EQU-Ireland-Lynch Out. Denis Lynch dropped from Irish Olympic show jumping team amid fears horse may test positive. Sent.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issues lifetime sports bans to three former staff members and consultants for some of Lance Armstrong's winning Tour de France teams. All had been accused by USADA of participating in a vast doping conspiracy on those teams. By Jim Vertuno. Sent.
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
SAINT-ALBAIN, France — Tour de France riders take a rest day; French police do not. The doping scourge returns to cycling's showcase event, with a French rider for Cofidis arrested at his hotel and suspended by his team. By By Jamey Keaten
— QUINCIE-EN-BEAUJOLAIS, France — CYC--Tour de France-Wiggins. Overall leader Bradley Wiggins, teammate Chris Froome form an apparently unstoppable partnership. By Greg Keller.
— VILLIE-MORGON, France — CYC--Tour de France-Evans — Defending champion Cadel Evans tries to play mind games with Bradley Wiggins. By Samuel Petrequin. Sent.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Graham Spanier's lawyers say the former Penn State president told investigators he was never notified of any criminal behavior by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier was forced out by trustees days after Sandusky's arrest in November but remains on the faculty. By Genero C. Armas. Sent.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The U.S. Army will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season because of a change in marketing plans that does not include a NASCAR presence. The Army has been in NASCAR for 10 seasons and was once a primary sponsor. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. Sent.
PREP ATHLETES OF YEAR
LOS ANGELES — Basketball player Jabari Parker of Chicago and pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. of Tampa, Fla., are the leading male contenders for Prep Athlete of the Year. UConn-bound basketball player Breanna Stewart is among the female nominees. By Beth Harris. Announcement 10:30 p.m.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE--071012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tim Thelen, a career club pro in Texas, turned 50 and went to Europe to try to play on the Senior Tour. He told his wife they would either make money or go broke. In the last two weeks, Thelen has won against fields that included Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.
— GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. Sent.
— GLF--PGA Tour-Cards. Twenty-five players from Web.com Tour assured PGA Tour cards. By Doug Ferguson. Sent.
BASEBALL CARD DISCOVERY
TOLEDO, Ohio — Family members cleaning out their grandfather's attic make a discovery that could be worth millions: century-old baseball cards of Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Cy Young. The cards are in superb condition, marking one of the most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting. By John Seewer. Sent.
STANFORD, Calif. — Three days removed from winning Wimbledon and less than three weeks from returning to London to go for Olympic gold, Serena Williams is back on the practice court — more than 5,000 miles and eight time zones away. She begins play Wednesday as the top seed at Stanford. By Antonio Gonzalez. Sent.
— TEN--Stanford. Day 2 of the Bank of the West Classic.
ATLANTA — With the Hawks' trade of All-Star guard Joe Johnson to the Nets, first-round pick John Jenkins of Vanderbilt suddenly could be competing for more than just a bench role. His first chance to impress comes in the team's rookie camp, which opens Tuesday. By Charles Odum.
GLF--AFTER THE WARS
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Golf has become the guiding light for a growing number of military veterans. They are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and learning the business of golf in hopes the game becomes their next career move. By Pete Iacobelli. Sent.
— NEW YORK — BKN--Knicks-Smith. JR Smith agrees to return to Knicks, giving New York another key member of its rotation. Sent.
— MINNEAPOLIS — BKN--Timberwolves-Shved. Timberwolves agree to terms with Russian guard Alexey Shved, the AP is told. By Jon Krawczynski. Sent.
— DALLAS — BKN--Mavericks offseason. Mavericks, in midst of difficult offseason, introduce three draft picks. By Stephen Hawkins.
— LOS ANGELES — BKN--Jerry Buss. Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized for dehydration, expected to be released. Sent.
— NEWPORT, R.I. — TEN--Hall of Fame. Defending champion and U.S Olympian John Isner begins play at Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
— STUTTGART, Germany TEN--Stuttgart. Lukas Rosol, who beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, advances at Mercedes Cup. Sent.
— BASTAD, Sweden — TEN--Bastad. All Swedish players eliminated from Swedish Open. Sent.
— UMAG, Croatia — TEN--Umag. Potito Starace, a 2010 finalist, reaches second round of Croatia Open. Sent.
— PALERMO, Sicily — TEN--Palermo. Play resumes at Italiacom Open.
— LONDON — SOC--Terry-Racism Trial. Chelsea captain John Terry denies being a racist in taped interviews heard on second day of his racism trial. By Rob Harris. Sent.
— MADRID — SOC--Mourinho-Ban Lifted. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's ban lifted for poking eye of Barcelona coach. Sent.
— GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian-Hunger Strike. Israel frees Palestinian soccer player who pushed for release with three-month hunger strike. By Ibrahim Barzak. Sent.
— CAR--IndyCar-Hinch For Homepage. IndyCar's James Hinchcliffe replaces Danica Patrick on home page of GoDaddy website. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. Sent.
— CAR--NASCAR-Patrick-Kansas. Danica Patrick makes Kansas Speedway 10th race on Sprint Cup Series schedule. By Jenna Fryer. Sent.
— LYTHAM, England — GLF--British Open-O'Meara. 1998 champion Mark O'Meara withdraws from British Open because of injury. Sent.
— NEW YORK — BBN--Mets-Gee. Mets pitcher Dillon Gee has surgery to remove blood clot in shoulder; no timetable for return. Sent.
— MILWAUKEE — FBN--Packers-Financials. Green Bay Packers, the NFL's only publicly traded team, releases annual financial report. By Dinesh Ramde. Report released at 5 p.m.
— FBO--Protection Tour. Youth football health clinics to be held at four NFL team facilities. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Sent.
— DES MOINES, Iowa — BKC--Iowa-McCaffery. Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery signs seven-year deal with school. By Luke Meredith. Sent.
— BKL--WNBA Capsules.
Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT)
All-Star Game at Kansas City, Mo., 8:15 p.m.
Connecticut at Washington, 11:30 a.m.
New York at Indiana, 12 p.m.
Minnesota at Tulsa, 12:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Phoenix, 3:30 p.m.