BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– WASHINGTON – Tiger Woods says it’s ”a little too soon” to know if his ailing back will be well enough for him to enter next month’s Masters. He is off to his worst start in 18 years on the tour.

– DAYTON, Ohio – A lot has happened to Dayton since it began the NCAA tournament by packing its arena for the First Four. The Flyers are in the round of 16 for the first time in 30 years.

– MADISON, Wis. – Smart, disciplined, tough. The Badgers, under coach Bo Ryan, are one reliable bunch. The consistency has carried Wisconsin to the Sweet Sixteen.

– Unbeaten Notre Dame plays Arizona State in the second round of the women’s NCAA tournament, one of 16 games on the schedule.

– Three men’s NIT games: Georgetown at Florida State (7 p.m.); LSU at SMU (9 p.m.); Arkansas at California (11 p.m.)

– ORLANDO, Fla. – NFL owners begin considering more than a dozen rules proposals, including whether to move extra point kicks to the 25-yard line and to eliminate overtime in preseason games.

– Some relievers thrive in the ninth-inning spotlight, others fizzle. What is becoming increasingly common is the one-season wonder out of the bullpen.

– JUPITER, Fla. – Miami Marlins President David Samson says his team’s games took too long last year. Win or lose, he wants the Marlins to do it faster.

– KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Six-time Key Biscayne champion Serena Williams faces CoCo Vandeweghe in the fourth round at the Sony Open. Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal are also playing.

– PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius’ trial begins its fourth week with a neighbor testifying she heard gunshots and screams from a man and woman on the night of the fatal shooting.

– LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Judo’s world governing body defends one of its Russian officials after he was targeted by U.S. sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.