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 EST.
-PRETORIA, South Africa – The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing ”blood-curdling” screams from a woman before she heard four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend. Pistorius, 27, says he killed Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder. Prosecutors, however, say the world-famous athlete shot his girlfriend after a fight.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A major expansion of instant replay gets its first test on Monday during a handful of spring training games in Arizona and Florida. The new rules allow each manager to challenge one call a game.
-NEW YORK – Three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport is elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame
– Buyout season helps the NBA’s rich get richer. The remainder of the schedule will determine if they actually got better. With Danny Granger signing with the Clippers and Caron Butler with Oklahoma City, teams that were already good were able to add former All-Stars without having to give up anything except a little money.
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The top-ranked Connecticut women’s team tries to complete an unbeaten regular season and a sweep of No. 3 Louisville (28-2, 16-1), which aims for a share of the league title.
– PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson was blunt. Even he can’t stand to watch the Philadelphia 76ers anymore. He’s not the only one. The Sixers are on a 14-game losing streak and have cemented themselves as one of the worst teams in the league. While they are unwatchable this season, it’s all part of a larger plan to get better through the draft.