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:
– In the only men’s college basketball game between ranked opponents, No. 4 Gonzaga plays No. 19 Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament final. Game starts 9 p.m.
– Three other tournament finals: Horizon (Northern Kentucky-Milwaukee, 7 p.m.); Northeast (Saint Francis of Pa.-Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.); Summit (South Dakota State-Omaha, 9 p.m.).
– With postseason play gaining steam, here’s one last nod to regular-season supremacy – a list of the most recent teams to go unbeaten in the regular season.
– Separate stories on three conference tournaments that start Wednesday: Big East, Big Ten, Southeastern.
– MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota has made its tournament run with two key players – Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer – who returned to school after their suspensions over a sex video last season.
– VILLANOVA, Pa. – Josh Hart is the best player on the defending national champions and has Villanova in strong contention to repeat. He could be the player of the year.
– SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The NFL’s new league year begins Thursday, with teams needing quarterbacks trying to determine if backups have what it takes to become big-time starters.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eric Berry discusses his $78 million, six-year contract deal that kept the Chiefs star safety off the free-agent market.
– The World Baseball Classic is more than a decade old and popular around the world. But its timing and format present obstacles in baseball’s bid to create the compelling international competition.
– MIAMI – Two Texas Rangers executives testify in the trial of a sports agent and trainer on charges of smuggling Cuban baseball players.
– DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki needs 20 points to become the sixth NBA player with 30,000 for his career when the Dallas Mavericks play the Los Angeles Lakers. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– BOCA RATON, Fla. – NHL general managers are expected to get updates on player safety and concussion protocol measures during the second day of meetings.
– PISCATAWAY, N.J. – College football’s winter workouts have become more structured and intense as coaches look for any edge in what has become a year-round process of preparing a team.
– GENEVA – IOC member and ex-sprint star Frank Fredericks steps down from his role overseeing the 2024 Olympic bidding after a $300,000 payment from a banned track official was revealed.
– Two round of 16 games in the Champions League: Arsenal (England) vs. Bayern Munich (Germany); Napoli (Italy) vs. Real Madrid (Spain). Both start 2:45 p.m.