BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
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.
– Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete this month at a meet in Mesa, Ariz.
– AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta National suits Bubba Watson perfectly. That doesn’t mean his game is limited to the Masters. That’s the next step for one of golf’s most exciting players.
– The four major sports leagues in North America are becoming increasingly open to paternity leave as more players want to be with their families when a baby arrives.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius accuses him of tailoring his version of how he killed his girlfriend to fit evidence at the scene.
– MILWAUKEE – The Brewers try to win their 10th in a row when they play the Cardinals. Milwaukee is 10-2 and off to its best start since opening the 1987 season at 13-0. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
– PHOENIX – The Memphis Grizzlies look to clinch the final playoff berth in the West and eliminate the Suns from postseason contention when the teams meet in their next-to-last game. Game starts 10 p.m.
– BOSTON – The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record during the regular season. Next up are the Detroit Red Wings first round of the playoffs.
– CHICAGO – With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane expected back from their injuries, the Chicago Blackhawks begin what they hope will be another Stanley Cup run.
– PITTSBURGH – Forget the 109 points, the scoring title for Sidney Crosby and the steady play of Marc-Andre Fleury. All that matters now for the Penguins is a deep playoff run.
– DARLINGTON, S.C. – One thing is clear entering the first off week for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series – Hendrick Motorsports is strong as ever.
– UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The WNBA holds its draft, with the Connecticut Sun expected to take Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford or Odyssey Sims of Baylor with the first pick. Draft starts 8 p.m.