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.
DALLAS – Everyone has an opinion of John Calipari. The Kentucky coach is a pariah to some, successful only because of his ability to recruit one-and-done stars destined for the NBA. He’s an elite coach to others, having built or rebuilt successful programs at UMass, Memphis and Kentucky.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The women’s Final Four in Music City will start off with a pair of rematches from the regular season. Defending champ UConn and fellow undefeated Notre Dame are just a win apiece away from an unprecedented national championship game if they can get by Stanford and Maryland for the second time.
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DETROIT – Cy Young winner Max Scherzer makes his first start of the season for Detroit against Jason Vargas, who signed with the Royals in the offseason. By Noah Trister. Game starts 1 p.m.
MIAMI – Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez pitches for the first time since throwing a no-hitter on the final day of the 2013 regular season when he faces Jordan Lyles and the Colorado Rockies. Game starts 7 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs try to extend a franchise-record winning streak to 19 games against the Golden State Warriors, who are playing a night after a thrilling overtime victory in Dallas. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jadeveon Clowney, one of the NFL draft’s top prospects, works out for league personnel as part of South Carolina’s pro day. Clowney is expected to do the defensive line drills he did not take part in at the NFL combine in February.
WASHINGTON – Members of a group trying to unionize college athletes seek out potential congressional allies as they braced for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University are employees who have the right to form a union.