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 EDT:
– NEW YORK – Players have switched teams. Coaches have been fired and hired. Even a few courts are getting makeovers. It’s the kind of change that happens every year in the NBA. But another looms in the distance that figures to have a long-lasting impact. The new television contracts are going to inject a huge cash infusion into the league, and owners, executives, players and agents are all on pins and needles trying to anticipate what fiscal life will look like in the new NBA.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Washington’s Colt McCoy is likely to make his first start in nearly three years in his home state for the Redskins (2-5), with Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys (6-1) trying to win their seventh straight game.
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– INDIANAPOLIS – NCAA President Mark Emmert continues to preside over a college sports world in flux. The five richest conferences are about to get more power. There are still lawsuits on the docket. There have been questions about how the organization should deal with domestic violence and concussions. And in the middle of all that, Emmert is advocating for a change that would allow college athletes to have more contact with agents but still wants to restrict the sale of memorabilia and autographs. Emmert is expected to address all of those issues and more in an interview with The Associated Press.
– NEW YORK – The New York City Marathon returned last year with increased security after the bombings in Boston. Organizers discuss the security measures for this year’s race
– LeBron James returned to Cleveland for a new start in his old home, where he will renew the quest for a championship that’s eluded the city’s pro teams for half a century. No big changes needed for the San Antonio Spurs, who brought back nearly their entire team to chase about the only thing that’s escaped them in the Gregg Popovich-Tim Duncan era: back-to-back titles.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The new NASCAR championship format was supposed to make the racing all about winning. With three races left to crown the champion, the points suddenly matter very much.
– ATHENS, Ga. – No. 9 Georgia continues to await word from the NCAA on the status of star tailback Todd Gurley for Saturday’s game against Florida. Georgia has asked for the reinstatement of Gurley, who has acknowledged mistakes and has been suspended the last two games for an alleged violation of NCAA rules.