BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
– Brackets are set for the 68-team NCAA tournament. Florida and Wichita State are certain No. 1 seeds. Arizona will no doubt follow. Then the questions start. Announcement 6 p.m.
– Roundups of each the four regions, and a bracket breakdown with an analysis of each game.
– Five conference finals: ACC (Virginia-Duke, 1 p.m.); A-10 (St. Joseph’s-VCU, 1 p.m.); Big Ten (Michigan-Michigan St., 3:30 p.m.); SEC (Florida-Kentucky, 3:15 p.m.); Sun Belt (Ga. St.-La.-Lafayette, 1 p.m.)
– BRISTOL, Tenn. – Tony Stewart, recovering from a broken leg, tries to turn things around at Bristol Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick is the last car to qualify for the Sprint Cup race.
– INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer resume their rivalry at the BNP Paribas Open final (5 p.m.). Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Flavia Pennetta for the women’s title (3 p.m.).
– PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Robert Garrigus has a one-shot lead over Kevin Na entering the final round of the Valspar Championship. Justin Rose is among five others within four shots of the lead.
– LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers go after their 11th consecutive victory when they play Luol Deng and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
– CLEARWATER, Fla. – Mike Schmidt is recovering from an advanced form of skin cancer that kept the 64-year-old Hall of Famer from being a guest instructor at spring training.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are headed to Australia, a 16-hour flight for a season-opening pair of games in a transformed cricket stadium.
– SOCHI, Russia – Despite global condemnation of Russia’s seizure of Crimea, Vladimir Putin sees the Olympics and Paralympics as validation of his country’s place on the world stage.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – The rise and fall of Oscar Pistorius is a consuming saga for South Africans that has drawn comparisons to reality television shows.
– LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – World Cup overall champ Anna Fenninger wins season-ending giant slalom and title. Marcel Hirscher beats Felix Neureuther for World Cup slalom title.
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Nico Rosberg wins the Australian Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo is disqualified from second place five hours after the race for a fuel violation.