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:
– WASHINGTON – Michael Phelps wants more consistent drug testing for competitive athletes. The Olympic swim great is to testify before a congressional committee.
– CLEVELAND – This was a good month for the NBA champs. The Cavaliers went 9-2 despite key injuries, added two quality players and found their offensive mojo.
– WASHINGTON – In dealing for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk before the trade deadline, the NHL-leading Washington Capitals show they’re intent on winning the Stanley Cup.
– LAWRENCE, Kan. – It’s hard for coaches in any sport to pick favorite players. But for Bill Self, coach of No. 1 Kansas, there’s no question about his favorite Jayhawk: son Tyler.
– WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest has made undeniable progress in coach Danny Manning’s third year. The task now is to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
– MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jonathan Allen, who produced a strong resume for the NFL in four years at Alabama, takes his game to this week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.
– PITTSBURGH – Business is booming for Antonio Brown, the Steelers star receiver who is now one of the league’s highest-paid players apart from quarterbacks.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Clay-court tennis in Latin America is fading. The clay circuit lost the Mexican Open several years ago, and the Rio Open is almost certain to be next.
– WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Commissioner Rob Manfred is to attend the first game of the new spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.
– OXFORD, Miss. – College football spring practice begins across the country. Mississippi less than a week ago announced a self-imposed one-year bowl ban for 2017.
– HARARE, Zimbabwe – Phillip Chiyangwa, who is looking to unseat longtime African soccer boss Issa Hayatou, is a flamboyant Zimbabwean tycoon once accused of being a spy.
– MOSCOW – Vladimir Petrov, a two-time Olympic hockey champion who was on the Soviet team that lost to the U.S. at the 1980 Lake Placid Games, dies at 69.