BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– NEW ORLEANS – Russell Westbrook could walk away with his third straight All-Star Game MVP award when the league’s annual showcase tips off in the Big Easy. Game starts 8 p.m.
– ATHENS, Greece – Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo grew up in an Athens suburb afraid of the police and dreading being deported. There have been many people along the way that have helped him make the unlikely trek to NBA stardom.
– MADISON, Wis. – No. 11 Wisconsin tries to snap a two-game losing streak and get out of an offensive funk when the Badgers host No. 23 Maryland. Game starts 1 p.m.
– CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 14 Virginia stumbled badly in its two matchups with top-tier Atlantic Coast Conference offenses, while No. 3 Kansas took a step toward yet another Big 12 title to headline the week in college basketball for AP Top 25 teams.
– LOS ANGELES – A 36-hole day awaits Dustin Johnson at the Genesis Open, where he is trying to win at Riviera for the first time and possibly get to No. 1 in the world.
– PHOENIX – Union head Tony Clark addresses the media during his Cactus League stop at spring training. Media availability at 4 p.m.
– MESA, Ariz. – No baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees from 1998 through 2000. Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs can do it.
– JUPITER, Florida – Dexter Fowler isn’t just fitting in with his new St. Louis teammates. The center fielder is already becoming a favorite in the Cardinals clubhouse despite spending last year helping the NL Central rival Chicago Cubs win a World Series.
– WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It took a while for Adam Eaton to embrace his ”Napoleon syndrome,” as he calls it. Tagged ”Mighty Mouse” because of his stature – at 5-foot-8, he’s at least 3 inches shorter than every other member of the Washington Nationals’ 40-man roster – Eaton was his new team’s biggest offseason acquisition.
– WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Back with the Astros, Carlos Beltran is in a very different place than he was the first time he was here, but he is excited to join a team that he believes he has a good chance to get that elusive ring.
– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The rain-postponed Clash, an exhibition event and the first NASCAR race of Speedweeks, gets an early start. Race starts 11:35 a.m.
– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The top two starting spots for next weekend’s Daytona 500 will be set during pole qualifying. Qualifying starts 3:10 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Alex Ovechkin and the first-place Washington Capitals look to return to their winning ways after seeing their six-game winning streak end Saturday. The Rangers saw their own six-game winning streak end with a loss Thursday. Game starts 12:30 p.m.
– ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Marcel Hirscher of Austria regains his slalom world title and confirms his status as the standout skier of the world championships.