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 EST:
– LAKELAND, Fla. – Fifteen major league teams hold opening workouts for pitchers and catchers. Among them are the AL champion Indians, the Justin Verlander-led Tigers and a Red Sox team without David Ortiz.
– CLEVELAND – Kevin Love will be out at least six weeks following knee surgery. The Cavaliers’ All-Star forward was operated on Tuesday. His projected return is April 1. The playoffs start that month.
– NEW YORK – Madison Square Garden lifts its ban of former star Charles Oakley, a person briefed on the discussions tells the AP. The sides reconcile days after Oakley was forcibly removed from the arena.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There were supposed to be parties and celebrations all around Charlotte. Then the NBA moved its All-Star festivities to New Orleans because of North Carolina’s bathroom law.
– Toronto and Orlando have agreed on a trade that will send Serge Ibaka to the Raptors for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, the AP is told.
– NEW YORK – The Westminster Kennel Club announces its Best in Show, and the German shepherd Rumor is in position to give his breed a rare victory as America’s top dog. Winner announced about 11 p.m.
– Two Champions League games – second round, first leg: Benfica (Portugal) vs. Borussia Dortmund (Germany); Paris Saint-Germain (France) vs. Barcelona (Spain). Both start 2:45 p.m.
– U.S. athletes are getting a look at Pyeongchang a year before the 2018 Olympics, and plenty of them are coming away impressed – from the venues to the volunteers to the Wi-Fi.
– A son of former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky is in jail and awaiting a hearing on charges he pressured a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister for oral sex.
– SPOKANE, Wash. – Nigel Williams-Goss dismisses the doubters who question the strength of No. 1 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs’ leading scorer thinks this team not only can make the Final Four but go even further.
– EVANSTON, Ill. – Chris Collins saw the potential when he came home to coach Northwestern. Now, in his fourth season, he is poised to do what no one has done – lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament.
– No. 14 Virginia headlines the upcoming week for Top 25 teams, facing two ranked ACC rivals – No. 10 North Carolina and No. 12 Duke. There is also rematch between No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 Baylor.
– PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby gets his third crack at reaching 1,000 career points when the Pittsburgh Penguins host Vancouver. Crosby has 998 points.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Less than two weeks before the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick is getting sponsorship help. Aspen Dental will be the driver’s lead sponsor, starting with the season-opening showcase Feb. 26.
– The World Super 6 begins Thursday in Australia with stroke play and concludes with a 24-man match-play and knockout round Sunday. It is definitely outside the box of a conventional golf tournament.