BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

– NEW YORK – Before a giant sign at Madison Square Garden reading ”Welcome Home Phil,” Phil Jackson returns to the Knicks as team president. New York last won a title in 1973.

– The men’s NCAA tournament begins with two first-round games in Dayton, Ohio: Albany (N.Y.) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (6:40 p.m.); North Carolina State vs. Xavier (30 minutes after opener).

– PRETORIA, South Africa – Police photographs of the blood-spattered scene where Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend indicate evidence was improperly moved, the Olympian’s lawyer says.

– EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State might be playing its best at the right time, giving oddsmakers enough confidence to make the Spartans a 9-2 pick to win the NCAA tournament.

– CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The momentum from North Carolina’s long winning streak is gone, and rebounding has become a problem for the Tar Heels entering their NCAA game against Providence.

– WASHINGTON – Patriot League champion American gets an NCAA sendoff rally, an event few anticipated after the Eagles were picked to finish ninth in their league.

– TAMPA, Fla. – There are still two weeks to go in spring training, and this much is clear: A lot of pitchers are ailing.

– SYDNEY – After 15-hour flights, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are getting ready at Sydney Cricket Ground for two season-opening games this weekend.

– Florida State, the No. 1 seed in the NIT, hosts Florida Gulf Coast in one of nine games on the schedule on opening night.

– KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee women opened the season with hopes of playing for a national title in their home state. A late-season surge makes them confident they can do that.

– KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Serena Williams discusses her bid for a seventh Key Biscayne title in the Sony Open, which begins Tuesday.

– ORLANDO, Fla. – Jay Monahan is promoted to deputy commissioner of the PGA Tour, the first indication of a possible successor to Tim Finchem.

– 2022 World Cup organizers distance themselves from corruption allegations involving two former high-ranking FIFA officials that raise new questions about Qatar’s winning bid.