BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
– CHICAGO – Wrigley Field hits the century mark. The Chicago Cubs commemorate the 100th anniversary of their famed ballpark in grand fashion as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Former Cubs and Bears stars such as Andre Dawson, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers will be on hand. Thirty thousand retro jerseys and 10,000 birthday cupcakes will be distributed to fans.
– NEW YORK – The NFL releases its 2014 schedule for its 32 teams. Dates and TV networks will be announced for such enticing matchups as the two 49ers-Seahawks games and the 16th meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
– LONDON – The ”Class of 92” youth team will be reunited under Ryan Giggs as they try to stabilize England’s biggest club. Years after they laid the groundwork for Manchester United’s exceptional success, they remain a tight group of friends.
– INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA’s board of directors is expected to discuss a draft proposal that could change the look of college sports’ largest governing body. The proposal would give more autonomy to the five biggest football conferences and provide for weighted votes.
– MESA, Ariz. – Michael Phelps prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday.
– MIAMI – LeBron James and the Miami Heat look to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series against Charlotte. Bobcats star Al Jefferson is dealing with a left foot injury. Game starts 7 p.m.
– SAN ANTONIO – Newly minted Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs look to take a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks in their Western Conference playoff series. Game starts 8 p.m.
– HOUSTON – Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets look to even their first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland won the first game in overtime behind 46 points by LaMarcus Aldridge. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
– CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks try to even their first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4. The Blackhawks are coming off a 2-0 victory on Monday night. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
– DALLAS – Ryan Getzlaf and the top-seeded Ducks are ready to respond in Game 4 against the Stars, who got physical and changed the tone of this first-round series when it shifted to Dallas. Anaheim still leads 2-1. Game starts 8 p.m.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a series of dramatic shifts of momentum and fortune, the Pittsburgh Penguins carry a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Game starts 7 p.m.
– AVONDALE, La. – Billy Horschel is back to defend his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He’ll be challenged this week by Ernie Els, Justin Rose and a host of other players who’ve won on tour in the past couple years. Then there are the players seeking a maiden win. They tend to do well in the Big Easy, as Horschel did last year.