BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– COPLAY, Pa. – Infielders shift from left to right and back on big league diamonds, moving to locations personalized for each batter. All this realigning is designed to drive hitters, well, batty – and it’s working.
– LEXINGTON, Ky. – How to derail Kentucky? The fact of the matter is: If the unbeaten Wildcats play well, it doesn’t matter what the other team does.
– OMAHA, Neb. – Wichita State is moving on to the Sweet 16. And if the Shockers get past Notre Dame, look who could be looming – Kentucky, the team that ruined their perfect season a year ago.
– CINCINNATI – Xavier is on another one of its March runs. The sixth-seeded Musketeers face No. 2 seed Arizona – and former coach Sean Miller – in Los Angeles on Thursday.
– The women’s NCAA Tournament completes its second round: Top-seeded Connecticut faces Rutgers (9 p.m.), and top-seeded Maryland plays unbeaten Princeton (9:30 p.m.).
– Three NIT games: Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M (7 p.m.); Illinois State at Old Dominion (8 p.m.); and Murray State at Tulsa (9 p.m.).
– Spring training highlights: Angels pitcher Garrett Richards expected to face opponents for the first time since August; Astros outfielder Evan Gattis is ready to test his sore wrist.
– The company that makes Louisville Slugger bats announced a deal to sell the iconic brand to rival Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers star Paul George is expected to update his status amid a report over the weekend he could return to play this week.
– Olympic swim star Missy Franklin is going pro, ready to compete for money and make endorse deals. She has signed with a Hollywood agent.