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.

- MOSCOW - Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemns homosexuality and criticizes competitors for painting fingernails in rainbow colors in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia. 800 words. Sent.

- LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers, winners of eight straight, are in rare company. They are 40-8 since June 22, their best 48-game run in the modern era. 600 words. ETA 8 p.m.

- WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Little League World Series begins, a tournament featuring 16 teams with the Czech Republic among the newcomers. 500 words. Panama-Puerto Rico opener (1 p.m.).

- GENEVA - Mark Sutton, the skydiver who parachuted into London's Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony dressed as James Bond, is killed during a helicopter jump in the Alps. 500 words. Sent.

- LONDON - The head of the Premier League suggests moving the 2022 World Cup from Qatar amid growing concerns about playing in the Gulf's searing summer heat. 300 words. Sent.

- COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - MLB Commissioner Bud Selig discusses his two days of meetings with owners that included a new instant replay proposal for next season. By John Kekis. 600 words. ETA 2 p.m.

- ST. LOUIS - Lance Lynn (13-6) of the Cardinals tries to beat Pittsburgh for the third time this season. The Pirates leads St. Louis by three games in the NL Central. 700 words. Game starts 1:45 p.m.

- PARKER, Colo. - The Solheim Cup begins Friday with plenty of new faces. Juli Inkster, who is missing the event for the first time since 1996, has a daughter older than three U.S. players. 700. ETA 6 p.m.

- GREENSBORO, N.C. - Play starts at the Wyndham Championship, the last chance for the PGA Tour's bubble players to force their way into - or out of - the playoffs that start next week. 700 words. ETA 7 p.m.

- NEWARK, N.J. - Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris is the new owner of the New Jersey Devils. Harris and his group pay $320 million for the rights to the Devils and lease to their arena. 600 words. Sent.

- HARTFORD, Conn. - The U.S. women's gymnastics championships begin, with Kyla Ross the heavy favorite and McKayla Maroney eyeing a second national title on vault. 700 words. Event starts 7:30 p.m.

- NEW YORK - U.S. Tennis Association discusses plans to build a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, which will minimize rain delays that have plagued the U.S. Open. 600 words. ETA 1:30 p.m.

- MASON, Ohio - Roger Federer (3 p.m.) and Serena Williams (9 p.m.) tune up for the U.S. Open at the Western & Southern Open. 500 words.

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Friday, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith faces the 49ers, the team that benched him on the way to the Super Bowl and then shipped him to Kansas City. 600 words. ETA 5 p.m.