Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
– The NCAA tournament gets under way beginning at noon, with 16 games, including tournament favorites Florida, Louisville and Michigan State in action.
– Previews of Friday’s 16 NCAA tournament games.
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– GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Reds expect to have more news on closer Aroldis Chapman, who was hit above the left eye by a line drive on Wednesday night and suffered fractures
– STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State guard John Urschel settle into a new routine, taking advantage of his free time to ramp up his MMA training and catch up with his parents as he gets ready for the NFL draft in April.
– ORLANDO, Fla. – Missing defending champion Tiger Woods with a back injury, the Arnold Palmer Invitational gets underway at Bay Hill with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson among the top players.
– PHOENIX – The LPGA Tour opens its U.S. schedule at the JTBC Founders Cup in perfect condition at Wildfire Golf Club.
– HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine said at a news conference that Russian president Vladimir Putin ”cannot repeat the mistakes of history, and there were a lot of mistakes.”
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – It’s become an annual rite of spring for Nick Saban and Alabama: Finding replacements for departed All-Americans and potential high NFL draft picks. The current to-do list includes finding successors to C.J. Mosley AJ McCarron.
– MUNICH – Three-time Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany is retiring from Alpine skiing.