BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

- A new kind of playbook is fast evolving in sports: an informal protocol for prominent gay and lesbian athletes wanting to come out of the closet with maximum acclaim and minimum turmoil.

- HOUSTON - Johnny Manziel awaits the great leap to the NFL. But questions abound on the quarterback's skills and hard-partying habits. Opinions vary on where he'll end up on draft night.

- NEW YORK - Six of the first eight teams selecting in Thursday night's draft need quarterbacks. So why does AP's mock draft have only one QB going in the opening eight spots?

- INDIANAPOLIS - The top-seeded Pacers escaped the Atlanta Hawks and now face John Wall and the Washington Wizards for the start of the second round. Game starts 7 p.m.

- OKLAHOMA CITY - Tested by Golden State while their owner was caught in a racial scandal, the Los Angeles Clippers take on Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the next round. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

- PHILADELPHIA - 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams is the NBA's Rookie of the Year. He is the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding and assists.

- Stories on Tuesday's two NBA playoff games: Brooklyn at Miami and Portland and San Antonio.

- NEW YORK - The Penguins play the Rangers in Game 3 of a tied second-round series. New York, shut out in Pittsburgh on Sunday, is playing for the fifth time in seven days. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks attempt to even their second-round series against Marian Gaborik and the Kings. Game starts 10 p.m.

- RALEIGH, N.C. - The Hurricanes fire coach Kirk Muller in the first big move for new general manager Ron Francis. Carolina hasn't made the playoffs since 2009.

- Stories on Tuesday's two NHL playoff games: Boston at Montreal and Chicago at Minnesota.

- PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius' murder trial resumes after a two-week recess, with a neighbor testifying that the Olympian was desperately trying to save his girlfriend minutes after he shot her.

- DETROIT - In a game between teams with the best and worst records in baseball, the AL-leading Tigers play Houston. Max Scherzer starts for Detroit, which has won five straight. Game starts 7:08 p.m.

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