Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
— MIAMI — LeBron James and the Heat go for a second straight NBA title in Game 7. They face a San Antonio Spurs team trying to bounce back from a crushing overtime loss in Game 6. Game starts 9 p.m.
— CHICAGO — The Stanley Cup finals return to Chicago on Saturday night, with the Blackhawks and Bruins all even. What's clear entering Game 5 is that very little separates these teams.
— CROMWELL, Conn. — Justin Rose, coming off his victory at the U.S. Open, headlines the field at the Travelers Championship on a course that should yield low scores.
— OAKLAND, Calif. — A judge is to hear arguments in a case concerning former college athletes who contend the NCAA is unfairly profiting from their likenesses and images in marketing deals with video games.
— A lawyer representing the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case says Serena Williams has spoken with the girl's family following the tennis star's comments in a Rolling Stone article.
— HARRISON. N.J. — Abby Wambach will have a chance to break Mia Hamm's national goal-scoring record when the United States plays South Korea in an exhibition game. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
— OMAHA, Neb. — North Carolina State and North Carolina meet for the fifth time this season, this time in an elimination game at the College World Series. Game starts 8 p.m.
— DES MOINES, Iowa — Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, both surging with confidence, begin their bids to capture the 100-meter title with first-round races at U.S. championships. Race starts 7:50 p.m.
— LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC says it is "fully supportive of peaceful protest" in Brazil and confident the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring major benefits to the city and country.
— JOHANNESBURG — Former Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt is to appear in court following allegations he sexually abused young girls he coached decades ago, prosecutors tells the AP.
— BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi and his father are ordered by a Spanish court to appear for questioning in September as part of an investigation into tax fraud allegations.
— BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, the last two men to beat Manny Pacquiao, will meet Oct. 12 in Las Vegas in a highly anticipated welterweight bout.