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 EDT:
– OAKLAND, Calif. – The Warriors can set the NBA record for wins in a season Wednesday night by beating Memphis. Golden State is coming off a victory at San Antonio and going for its 73rd victory at home.
– NEW ORLEANS – Saints coach Sean Payton is angered over the nation's gun laws and derides as ''madness'' the idea that everybody needs a gun. He spoke to USA Today Sports after Will Smith's death.
– MILWAUKEE – The Brewers? Not that bad. The Phillies just won a series from the NL champions. The Padres found their offense. Some teams thought to be NL afterthoughts had decent opening weeks.
– WASHINGTON – Gio Gonzalez finally takes the mound for the Nationals, making his season debut against the winless Atlanta Braves. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins faces Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets in a game matching two of baseball's most electric young arms. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
– Chicago Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby are three of many stars to watch in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
– ARLINGTON, Va. – For the second time in seven seasons, the Capitals have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin & Co. face the most pressure yet.
– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville's chances of winning its first series since 2012 will rely in large part on goalie Pekka Rinne, the three-time Vezina Trophy finalist.
– MONACO – Roger Federer returns to competition after more than two months away following knee surgery, defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
– BEIJING – China is embarking on a plan it hopes will transform the world's largest country into a ''first-rate'' soccer power by mid-century.
– Second leg of two Champions League quarterfinals: Wolfsburg at Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Manchester City. Both games start 2:45 p.m.