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:
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, now in his 20th season, is four hits shy of becoming the 31st player with 3,000 career hits.
– LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw is out but the Dodgers still have a dominant left-hander. Alex Wood has been doing a good impression of the three-time Cy Young Award winner.
– NEW YORK – CC Sabathia (9-3) starts for the Yankees against Chris Archer and Tampa Bay in a series opener between teams chasing Boston in the AL East. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– MANKATO, Minn. – Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater gives his first interview since his major knee injury 11 months ago. The Minnesota Vikings begin camp without him.
– PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The new-look Buffalo Bills open camp with first-time tandem of coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane.
– GLENDALE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is aiming high. After what he did last year, 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving doesn’t seem out of reach.
– LOS ANGELES – Willie Taggart has the keys to Oregon’s football machine because of the school’s worst season in a quarter-century. He is one of two new coaches in the Pac-12.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State opens camp and can’t wait to wash away the bad taste left by the blowout loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.
– BUDAPEST, Hungary – Caeleb Dressel emerges as the newest sprint star in U.S. swimming with a victory in the 100-meter freestyle, holding off countryman Nathan Adrian.
– OAKVILLE, Ontario – Matt Kuchar, the British Open runner-up, and top-ranked Juston Johnson begins play at the RBC Canadian Open. A Canadian has not won this tournament since 1954.
– Three other golf tournaments: British Senior Open in Wales; Ladies Scottish Open; and European Open in Germany.
– GENEVA – Jailed in Spain on suspicion of financial wrongdoing as head of the Spanish federation, Angel Maria Villar resigns his top positions at FIFA and Europe’s governing body.
– NEW YORK – Adrien Broner has another chance – maybe his last – to prove he can still be one of boxing’s brightest stars. He fights undefeated Mikey Garcia on Saturday in Brooklyn.
– LA MIRADA, Calif. – Brazil’s Cris ”Cyborg” Justino was once nearly driven out of UFC. She can become its featherweight champion Saturday.
– BUDAPEST, Hungary – Lewis Hamilton is one point behind Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel entering Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.