BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal loses in the first round at the Australian Open, beaten by Fernando Verdasco in five sets. On the women's side, Simona Halep and Venus Williams lose.
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Andy Murray finds it ''hypocritical'' that tennis authorities are trying to stamp out match-fixing run by gambling syndicates but have partnered with a major gambling company.
– TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals' once-robust running game has all but vanished in recent weeks. That probably needs to change if the team expects to beat a tough defense in Carolina.
– PHILADELPHIA – Doug Pederson is introduced as coach of the Eagles. Pederson, a former Eagles quarterback, was Kansas City's offensive coordinator under Andy Reid for the past three seasons.
– CINCINNATI – Pete Rose is headed to the Reds hall of fame. The team is to retire the number of baseball's hits leader in a June ceremony. Rose was again denied reinstatement last month.
– MIAMI – Wei-Yin Chen completes an $80 million, five-year contract with the Marlins. The left-hander is expected to be the No. 2 starter behind Jose Fernandez.
– NEW YORK – A lawyer for fans interested in less expensive alternatives to purchasing packages to watch their favorite baseball teams says a settlement has been reached with Major League Baseball.
– BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Nearly a year after Manny Pacquiao failed to hurt Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Filipino congressman is preparing for what could be his final fight. He faces Timothy Bradley on April 9.
– CLEVELAND – LeBron James knows his team isn't at a championship level, and a 34-point loss to the Golden State Warriors confirms that. The Cavaliers' issues, however, aren't limited to the court.
– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Chicago Blackhawks go for a franchise-record 12th straight win, facing a Nashville Predators team that just ended a five-game skid. Game starts 8 p.m.
– SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks hold a 25th anniversary party to celebrate the growth of hockey in Northern California since they made their debut in 1991.
– DURHAM, N.C. – No. 20 Duke is, in effect, down to six players and up to three straight losses. With the roughest part of their schedule still ahead, the Blue Devils are in desperate need of a turnaround.
– PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the only college game involving two ranked teams, No. 16 Providence looks to bounce back from a loss to Seton Hall when it hosts No. 18 Butler. Game starts 6:30 p.m.
– LONDON – The World Cup could be spread across entire regions if UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino wins next month's FIFA presidential election.