BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
February 19, 2017 Updated: 53 minutes ago
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TOP STORIES

BKN--ALL-STAR-GAME

NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook could walk away with his third straight All-Star Game MVP award when the league's annual showcase tips off in the Big Easy. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

With:

— BKN--ALL-STAR-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— BKN--ALL-STAR-ANTETOKOUNMPO — It takes a village: 'Greek Freak' got many assists growing up. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— Other sidebars on merits.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 14 Virginia stumbled badly in its two matchups with top-tier Atlantic Coast Conference offenses, while No. 3 Kansas took a step toward yet another Big 12 title to headline the week in college basketball for AP Top 25 teams. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BBO--UNION-CLARK

PHOENIX — Union head Tony Clark addresses the media during his Cactus League stop at spring training. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m. Developing from 4 p.m. availability.

BBA--INDIANS-UNFINISHED BUSINESS

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — There's a new signing hanging above the doorway to Cleveland's spring training complex. It says, "American League Champions 2016," a reminder of a season the Indians are determined to duplicate and even top as they seek to end their 68-year World Series title drought. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--GENESIS OPEN

LOS ANGELES — A 36-hole day awaits Dustin Johnson at the Genesis Open, where he is trying to win at Riviera for the first time and possibly get to No. 1 in the world. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. Final round expected to end about 8:30 p.m.

Also:

— GLF--WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Ha Na Jang wins women's Australian Open by 3 shots. SENT: 260 words.

— GLF--WORLD SUPER 6 — Brett Rumford wins World Super 6 title, regains European Tour card. SENT: 370 words.

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Miguel Angel Jimenez took a share of the lead into the second round of the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m.

SPRING TRAINING

BBN--CUBS-LESTER

MESA, Ariz. — No baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees from 1998 through 2000. Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs can do it. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BBN--NATIONALS-MIGHTY MOUSE

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It took a while for Adam Eaton to embrace his "Napoleon syndrome," as he calls it. Tagged "Mighty Mouse" because of his stature — at 5-foot-8, he's at least 3 inches shorter than every other member of the Washington Nationals' 40-man roster — Eaton was his new team's biggest offseason acquisition. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BBA--ASTROS-BELTRAN

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Back with the Astros, Carlos Beltran is in a very different place than he was the first time he was here, but he is excited to join a team that he believes he has a good chance to get that elusive World Series ring. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 p.m.

Also:

— BBN--CARDINALS-FOWLER. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

— BBA--TIGERS-KINSLER. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BBA--ORIOLES-MACHADO. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— BBA--TWINS-HITTING. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

— Other stories from spring training camps.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-MARYLAND-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. — No. 11 Wisconsin tries to snap a two-game losing streak and get out of an offensive funk when the Badgers host No. 23 Maryland. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

BKC--T25-GEORGETOWN-CREIGHTON

OMAHA, Neb. — No. 20 Creighton tries to avenge last month's 20-point loss at Georgetown when the Hoyas visit. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

BKC--T25-DEPAUL-BUTLER

INDIANAPOLIS — No. 24 Butler tries to build some momentum as it goes for a season sweep of struggling DePaul. The Bulldogs haven't won back-to-back games since Jan. 25 when they won the last of four straight. The Blue Demons have lost nine in a row. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:30 p.m.

Also:

— BKC--T25-FLORIDA ST-RATHAN-MAYES. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BKC--NC STATE-GOTTFRIED — N.C. State's Mark Gottfried hopes for final flurry before his exit. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 620 words, photos.

Women:

BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse tries to set a school attendance record for a women's basketball game when the No. 21 Orange hosts No. 7 Notre Dame. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 5 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The top two starting spots for next weekend's Daytona 500 will be set during pole qualifying. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. Qualifying starts 3:10 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA-CLASH

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joey Logano wins the Clash at Daytona, stealing a victory when leader Denny Hamlin and second-place Brad Keselowski wreck on the final lap. By Mark Long. SENT: 580 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--CAPITALS-RANGERS

NEW YORK — Alex Ovechkin and the first-place Washington Capitals look to return to their winning ways after seeing their six-game winning streak end Saturday. The Rangers saw their own six-game winning streak end with a loss Thursday. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 12:30 p.m.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--WORLDS-MEN'S SLALOM

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Marcel Hirscher of Austria regains his slalom world title and confirms his status as the standout skier of the world championships. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SKI--WORLDS-US ROUNDUP

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Dressed as comic book superheroes, American skiers were often merely mortal at the last world championships before the 2018 Olympics. A tally of three medals — one of each color, all won by female superstars — surely did not rise above expectations from an 11-event program that ended Sunday in the sun-soaked Swiss Alps. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 650 words, photos.

Also:

— OLY--ASIAN WINTER GAMES-OPENING CEREMONY —Winter Asian Games kick off with opening ceremony in Sapporo, Japan. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 370 words, photos.

— FIG--FOUR CONTINENTS — American Nathan Chen lands 5 quads to win 4 Continents figure skating. SENT: 360 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ryan Harrison looks for his first career ATP World Tour title when he plays Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is trying to become the first from Georgia to win a tour championship, at the Memphis Open final. An American hasn't won this event since Andy Roddick in 2011. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Final starts 4 p.m.

Also:

— TEN--WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT — Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Belgium's David Goffin to win World Tennis Tournament final. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

— TEN--ARGENTINA OPEN — Kei Nishikori upset by Alexandr Dolgopolov in final in Buenos Aires. SENT: 100 words, photo.

CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— GLF--GOLF CAPSULES

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Sunday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

All-Star Game at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

NHL

Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m.

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

Winnipeg at Ottawa, 5 p.m.

Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.

Nashville at Columbus, 6 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Colorado, 8 p.m.

Boston at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 11 Wisconsin vs. No. 23 Maryland, 1 p.m.

No. 20 Creighton vs. Georgetown, 3:30 p.m.

No. 24 Butler vs. DePaul, 1:30 p.m.

Women

No. 3 Mississippi State at No. 23 Texas A&M, 5 p.m.

No. 6 South Carolina at Missouri, 3 p.m.

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 21 Syracuse, 5 p.m.

No. 9 Washington at Southern Cal, 6 p.m.

No. 10 Stanford vs. California, 8 p.m.

No. 11 Oregon State at Utah, 4 p.m.

No. 13 Duke vs. No. 16 Miami, 1 p.m.

No. 14 Louisville vs. North Carolina, Noon

No. 15 N.C. State vs. Wake Forest, 2 p.m.

No. 17 DePaul at Marquette, 2 p.m.

No. 18 UCLA vs. Washington State, 2 p.m.

No. 20 Michigan vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.

No. 22 South Florida vs. Temple, 1 p.m.

No. 25 Drake at Loyola of Chicago, 2 p.m.

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