BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.

-NEW YORK – Jason Collins has been warmly received in his historic return to the NBA, and he hasn’t even seen his own fans yet. The Brooklyn Nets are finally finished with their road trip, and the league’s first openly gay player will play at home for the first time Monday against Chicago.

-TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 3 Arizona Wildcats can clinch the Pac-12 regular season title and complete an unbeaten home season with a victory over Stanford.

-WICHITA, Kan. – Nick Wiggins stood with one arm around mom, the other around dad, his second-ranked Shockers having just finished a 31-0 regular season. For once, it was the older brother rather than Kansas star Andrew Wiggins who was getting all the attention. Now, with the NCAA tournament right around the corner, both brothers – and their teams – could become the story of March.

-PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy goes after his first PGA Tour win in 18 months when he takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Honda Classic.

-AVONDALE, Ariz. – Brad Keselowski will start from the pole and Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt starts fifth at Phoenix International Raceway in NASCAR’s second Sprint Cup race of 2014.

-KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Austin Jackson has spent most of his career hitting leadoff, but that may be about to change. After trading for Ian Kinsler and signing Rajai Davis, the Detroit Tigers suddenly have other options atop the batting order, and it’s not clear how the lineup will be constructed once the season starts.

– VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators will play at BC Place in the final NHL outdoor regular season game of the season.