BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Denny Hamlin goes about things with a swagger. He's friends with Michael Jordan, lives life to the fullest and doesn't back down from a challenge. And now he has a Daytona 500 title.
– LOS ANGELES – For Bubba Watson, who won at Riviera for the second time in three years, the issue is less about his game than his mind.
– ATLANTA – The Golden State Warriors go for their 50th win and another step toward the best record in NBA history when they take on the struggling Atlanta Hawks. Game starts 8 p.m.
– VIERA, Fla. – National League MVP Bryce Harper arrives at spring training with a Washington Nationals team coming off a season that began with World Series hopes and ended in discord.
– The AP releases its latest Top 25 polls in men's and women's college basketball. Men at 1:30 p.m., women at 2 p.m.
– Two notable men's college basketball games: Virginia at Miami (7 p.m.) and Iowa State at West Virginia (9 p.m.).
– The AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders. The next big prep race is Saturday's Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.
– INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL combine starts Tuesday. Fans want to know who ran fast, jumped high and threw accurately. NFL executives are more interested in medical checks and interviews.
– Kyla Ross is ending her bid for a second Olympic gold medal. The gymnast, a member of the ''Fierce Five'' that soared to the top of the podium in London four years ago, is retiring from elite competition.
– MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao's April 9 bout with Timothy Bradley is ensnared in his country's politics. Pacquiao is running for the Senate, and an opponent says the fight gives him unfair publicity.
– GENEVA – Sheikh Salman is the presumed favorite among the five candidates in Friday's FIFA presidential election. But the Bahraini royal is shadowed by his country's human rights record.
– LONDON – Soccer's oldest cup competition is fighting to be relevant. The FA Cup seems an inconvenience not just for English Premier League teams but for smaller clubs as well.