BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
– Where will Maurice Jones-Drew, Eric Decker and Michael Vick wind up? They are some of the best-known players available when NFL free agency begins.
– ST. LOUIS – The Dallas Stars play a day after Rich Peverley collapsed and was hospitalized for a heart problem. They face the St. Louis Blues, who have the NHL’s top record. Game starts 8 p.m.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – A friend of Oscar Pistorius testifies that before the double-amputee runner killed his girlfriend he twice fired guns for which he is charged with firearms violations.
– NOME, Alaska – Dallas Seavey wins his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, rallying from third place for a record victory under the famed burled arch finish line.
– Some coaches agree fan behavior in college basketball is bad – just as it’s always been. San Diego State coach Steve Fisher says what’s changed is ”everybody sees it now.”
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas makes a short drive to the Big 12 tournament. But there should be plenty of competition from perhaps the deepest conference in the country.
– GREENSBORO, N.C. – There’s a different look to the ACC tournament. It’s the first time there’s 15 teams. And it’s the first time in more than 30 years Virginia is seeded No. 1.
– ATLANTA – For top-ranked Florida, the SEC tournament is nothing more than a warmup for bigger games to come. For struggling Kentucky, it’s a chance to regain a little mojo.
– Four men’s conference tournament finals: Horizon (Milwaukee-Wright St. 7 p.m.); Northeast (Mount St. Mary’s-Robert Morris, 7 p.m.); Summit (North Dakota St.- IPFW, 9 p.m.); West Coast (Gonzaga-BYU, 9 p.m.).
– INDIANAPOLIS – Brad Stevens makes his second trip back to Indianapolis since becoming the Celtics’ coach. Boston faces a Pacers team on a season-long four-game losing streak. Game starts 7 p.m.
– INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Novak Djokovic plays in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open. Top-seeded Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska are in fourth-round matches on the women’s side.
– BOCA RATON, Fla. – NHL general managers resume their meetings, discussing possible changes in the overtime format.
– LAKELAND, Fla. – Detroit’s Justin Verlander is finally expected to make his first start of spring training after his previous attempt was washed out by rain.
– SOCHI, Russia – Countries bidding for the Olympics and Paralympics should not have to provide assurances about human rights standards, the head of the International Paralympic Committee says.