BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– MEXICO CITY – Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood are among six players tied for the lead going into the second round of the Mexico Championship. Rory McIlroy is one shot back.
– LONDON – Former star Olympic sprinter Frankie Fredericks turns himself over to the IOC ethics commission following a French newspaper report linking him to a nearly $300,000 payment.
– NEW YORK – WBA champion Keith Thurman fights WBC titleholder Danny Garcia on Saturday night in a welterweight unification bout featuring unbeaten boxers.
– LAS VEGAS – Mark Hunt fights at UFC 209 this weekend. The heavyweight also happens to be suing UFC, contending it is not doing enough to protect clean fighters from steroid users.
– Big East basketball has been strong at the top all season, led by national champion Villanova. The conference has depth, too, with up to seven teams in position to make the NCAA Tournament.
– CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Justin Jackson could be the ACC player of the year. The North Carolina star tells the AP his summer workouts for NBA teams helped expand his 3-point range.
– MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In the only men’s game Friday night involving two ranked teams, No. 10 West Virginia is home against No. 24 Iowa State. Game starts 7 p.m.
– ATLANTA – The Cleveland Cavaliers, with new acquisition Andrew Bogut not yet set to play, look to bounce back from a loss to Boston when they face the Atlanta Hawks. Game starts 7 p.m.
– Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals make their first starts of spring training in separate games.
– SEOUL, South Korea – Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang gets a suspended two-year prison sentence for smashing his car into a guardrail while drunk and fleeing the scene.
– DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Fernando Verdasco defeats Robin Haase to reach the Dubai Tennis Championships final. He will play Andy Murray or Lucas Pouille for the title.
– ATLANTA – The oldest stadium in major college football is getting a makeover. Georgia Tech’s campus stadium will be the first home of MLS expansion team Atlanta United.