BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
March 22, 2017 Updated: March 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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TOP STORIES

BKC--NCAA-REGIONAL GUIDE

The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-but-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-MIDWEST PREVIEW

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You'd be hard-pressed to find two more contrasting teams than Kansas and Purdue, which meet Thursday night for a spot in the Elite Eight. The other game in the Midwest Region pits Oregon against sharp-shooting Michigan. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With: BKC--NCAA-OREGON-MICHIGAN-CAPSULE and BKC--NCAA-PURDUE-KANSAS-CAPSULE.

BKC--NCAA-WEST PREVIEW

SAN JOSE, Calif. — As the top two seeds in the West Region, Gonzaga and Arizona are in prime position to become the first Western team to make the Final Four since 2008. The top-seeded Bulldogs take on No. 4 West Virginia on Thursday night and the second-seeded Wildcats face No. 11 Xavier. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— With: BKC--NCAA-WEST VIRGINIA-GONZAGA-CAPSULE and BKC--NCAA-XAVIER-ARIZONA-CAPSULE.

BBI--WBC-US-PUERTO RICO

LOS ANGELES — The United States plays Puerto Rico in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. The Americans are in the final for the first time against the team from a U.S. territory that was runner-up last year to the Dominican Republic. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— With: BBI--WBC-GROWING THE GAME. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 10 p.m.

SOC--ARGENTINA-NEXT MESSI

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Is the next Messi hiding at a youth soccer academy in Argentina? Club Social Parque has produced at least 40 world-class athletes. That's more than perhaps any other academy. And it means scouts routinely visit the young players there to see if the next big star is training there. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video.

NFL

FBN--BRADY JERSEY-AUTHENTICATION

BOSTON — Now that authorities believe they have found the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win, how will the NFL go about authenticating it? Experts in sports memorabilia, including one that has worked directly with NFL teams, say it will be a tedious process that will involve comparing photos and videos taken during the game with grass stains and other degradation seen on the jersey. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m.

MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT

BKC--NCAA-THORNWELL'S MOMENT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sindarius Thornwell says he's not a one-man team, it just seems that way for South Carolina. Whenever the Gamecocks need a big run or late stop, the wiry, 6-foot-5 senior has been there. He has taken South Carolina all the way to the Sweet 16. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-SURPRISING SEC

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long considered a football power, the Southeastern Conference is showing some basketball promise. The league has a chance to get three teams in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina playing in the Sweet 16. By Mark Long. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA--SWEET 16 GRADUATION RATES

ORLANDO, Fla. — The schools that have made it through to the Sweet 16 on the men's and women's sides are doing a good job of graduating players. By Terrance Harris. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

Also:

— BKC--NCAA-GONZAGA-KARNOWSKI. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— BKC--NCAA-OREGON-ALTMAN'S RETURN. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BKC--NCAA-WISCONSIN-HAYES' STATEMENT. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— BKC--VCU-RHOADES. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— BKC--LSU-WADE. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— BKC--WASHINGTON-HOPKINS. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.

— Two NIT quarterfinals: Illinois at UCF (7 p.m.), CS Bakersfield at Texas-Arlington (9 p.m.). UPCOMING: 150 words.

WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT

BKW--NCAA-SOUTH CAROLINA-INJURIES

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Top-seeded South Carolina had already lost all-SEC forward Alaina Coates before the NCAA Tournament began. Now, the Gamecocks could be minus another starter in Allisha Gray, who was injured late in their victory Sunday against Arizona State. That will make things more difficult against upstart Quinnipiac on Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-HOBBLED IRISH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Top-seeded Notre Dame tries to prepare for its Sweet 16 game against Ohio State after losing leading scorer Brianna Turner for the season and with Kathryn Westbeld hobbling on a bad ankle. By Tom Coyne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-BAYLOR-BACK TO OKC

WACO, Texas — Baylor women have celebrated in Oklahoma City, and cried there as well. The Lady Bears lost Sweet 16 games there in 2013 and 2015, and just two weeks ago had a rare Big 12 Tournament loss there. By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-STANFORD'S TRAVEL

STANFORD, Calif. — Nadia Fingall took her economics final in the hotel dining room. Erica McCall and Briana Roberson set up in different conference rooms for their psychology exams. When the charter plane for Sweet 16-bound Stanford was held up getting to Manhattan, Kansas, Tara VanDerveer and her staff decided the best decision would be to push on to Lexington, Kentucky, without a return trip to the Bay Area. The Hall of Fame coach checked with her captains and the plan was a go. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. By Janie McCauley.

NHL

HKN--AROUND THE NHL

The NHL's divisional playoff format "wasn't designed for" the top three teams all playing in the same division. But the Metropolitan Division's Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets lead the league, with two of those teams guaranteed to meet in the first round. Naturally, the playoff format is under fire, but it's not going anywhere. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

HKN--ALBERTA CLIPPER

A train ride saved the Calgary Flames' season. After four consecutive losses, the coaching staff put players on a train from Montreal to Ottawa, gave them some beer and told them to "figure this out." They've won 17 of 22 games since and could be a scary opponent in the Western Conference playoffs. Not far away, the Edmonton Oilers are rolling, too, and Alberta is home to two of the hottest teams in the NHL at playoff time — and it's been 11 years since they were in it at the same time. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--MATCH PLAY

AUSTIN, Texas — Dustin Johnson is the No. 1 seed as the Dell Technologies Match Play begins at Austin Country Club. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

With:

— GLF--MATCH PLAY-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

— GLF--MATCH PLAY-MICKELSON. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— GLF--MATCH PLAY-GLANCE.

— GLF--MATCH PLAY-RESULTS.

BASEBALL

BBN--GIANTS-BONDS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The black San Francisco Giants T-shirt Barry Bonds wore was so new, the fold lines from being wrapped in plastic were easy to spot. Still, it seemed a natural fit for Bonds, the former slugger who donned a Giants uniform for his first day of work as a hitting instructor and special adviser to CEO Larry Baer. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

BBA--TWINS-YOUNG OUTFIELD

FORT MYERS, Fla. — With Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario in place, the Minnesota Twins have the makings of a solid outfield for years to come. All three have got high-ceiling potential as hitters, but the most immediate benefit is the speed on defense that ought to help a beleaguered pitching staff. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

Also:

— BBN--CARDINALS-MARTINEZ — Cardinals pick Carlos Martinez to pitch on opening night vs. Cubs. SENT: 400 words.

— BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP — Roundup of Grapefruit, Cactus league games. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos by 8 p.m.

NBA

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-LAVINE'S RECOVERY

MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly two months after tearing his ACL, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine meets with the media for the first time to talk about the injury and his recovery. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also:

— BKC--DUKE-TATUM — Duke's Jayson Tatum declares for NBA draft after 1 season. SENT: 410 words, photos.

— BKC--FLORIDA STATE-BACON — Florida State's Dwayne Bacon leaving early for NBA draft. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— BKC--CALIFORNIA-RABB-NBA — California's Ivan Rabb says he'll declare for NBA draft. SENT: 150 words, photo.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--PITT PRO DAY

PITTSBURGH — Running back and cancer survivor James Conner is among a dozen Pittsburgh players who will work out for NFL scouts. Conner, the 2014 ACC Player of the Year, is hoping to improve on the 40-yard dash time he posted at the NFL combine. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also:

— Selected spring practice stories from other schools.

SOCCER

SOC--US-PRESSURE'S ON

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Michael Bradley sees no reason to keep harping on that embarrassing 4-0 loss at Costa Rica four months ago. Every mistake snowballed into another, and now, the Americans are in a 0-2 hole with the pressure on in World Cup qualifying as they prepare to take on Honduras at home Friday. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Cubo Torres looks as if he's back to his old self with Houston, energized by coach Wilmer Cabrera. AP's weekly look at Major League Soccer. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--SOUTH KOREA-OLYMPIC RINGERS

MOSCOW — To earn a place on South Korea's team for next year's Olympics, you may need to brush up on your singing. A rendition of the national anthem in front of immigration officials is a daunting but necessary hurdle faced by the many foreign-born athletes seeking to represent the home team at the Pyeongchang Games. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 740 words, photos.

LAW

PENN STATE-ABUSE

HARRISBURG — The former Penn State athletic director who pleaded guilty last week to child endangerment says he now thinks his response to a 2001 complaint about retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy was inadequate. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Michigan State: Doctor sexually assaulted teen gymnast. By Ed White. SENT: 400 words, photo.

OTHER

— MMA--MCGREGOR FINED — UFC star Conor McGregor's fine for Vegas pre-bout fracas reduced. SENT: 130 words.

— NCAA-SCHOLARSHIP VALUE — Preliminary approval given to $208.7 million NCAA settlement. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 340 words, photo.

— TEN--KEY BISCAYNE — First-round action for men and women at the Miami Open. UPCOMING: 200 words by 9 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

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Wednesday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA

Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Cleveland at Denver, 9 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

New York at Utah, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Minnesota vs. Houston at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Miami vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Oakland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (ss) vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Texas vs. L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

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