BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Jordan Spieth has a six-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as he goes for his ninth PGA Tour victory.
– NEW YORK – The Knicks end a turbulent week against the San Antonio Spurs, a model of stability and success – everything New York isn’t.
– SAO PAULO – Former Syracuse University and Boston Celtics center Fab Melo has died in his native Brazil, military police say. He was 26.
– The NCAA Tournament selection committee released its initial rankings and put defending national champion Villanova as the top seed. Will that be enough for voters to move the Wildcats ahead of still-undefeated Gonzaga in the AP Top 25?
– STORRS, Conn. – UConn coach Geno Auriemma says recruiting the same type of player year-in and year-out is a big reason his Huskies stand on the cusp of 100 straight wins. The Hall of Fame coach says the formula for becoming a Husky includes talent, confidence, the ability to have a positive impact on teammates and a focus on winning championships above individual accomplishments.
– NEW YORK – Germaine de Randamie defeated Holly Holm by unanimous decision in a clinch-filled bout at UFC 208 to become the first featherweight champion. Holm has lost three straight bouts since she became the first fighter to defeat Ronda Rousey in December 2015.
– Katie Uhlaender finished fourth in the women’s skeleton competition at the Sochi Olympics. One of the people who beat her was a Russian slider implicated in that nation’s government-sponsored doping scandal. All Uhlaender can do now is wait and see if she’s an Olympic medalist or not.
– NEW YORK – Be it a boerboel or basenji, a Swedish vallhund or Norwegian elkhound, all eyes in dogdom will be on Madison Square Garden this week. The 141st Westminster Kennel Club show is back in town.
– BOSTON – Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is going on trial again for murder – this time for the 2012 fatal shootings of two men outside a Boston nightclub.