BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Nothing unusual about players’ family members showing up in the crowd for NCAA Tournament games, of course. In the case of Princeton freshman forward Leslie Robinson, that could include Aunt Michelle – as in, first lady Michelle Obama.

– OMAHA, Neb. – It took the NCAA Tournament to finally bring Kansas and Wichita state together. After refusing to play each other for 23 years, the two schools will now play for a spot in the Sweet 16 after opening wins on Friday.

– PHILADELPHIA – Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, has died at 89. Known as ”Concrete Charlie,” Bednarik epitomized the tough-guy linebacker and was an outstanding center for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962.

– STORRS, Conn. – Former Big East rivals Rutgers and St. John’s meet in the first round of the NCAA women’s tournament in a building with which both are familiar, Gampel Pavilion at UConn.

– INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Top-ranked Novak Djokovic plays fourth-seeded Andy Murray and No. 2 Roger Federer takes on sixth-seeded Milos Raonic in semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 11 a.m. PDT start.

– ORLANDO, Fla. – Morgan Hoffmann had a three-shot lead over Harris English, Henrik Senson and Matt Every in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory McIlroy was five back.

– MERIBEL, France – American Mikaela Shiffrin looks to seal the World Cup slalom title for the third straight season. Heading into the final race at the season-ending finals, she led Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter by 90 points.