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 – The Dodgers are ending the Yankees’ 15-year streak as baseball’s biggest spenders, part of an offseason escalation in which the average salary approached $4 million.
– Season previews on all major league teams except the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, which were sent last week.
– ORLANDO, Fla. – The NFL officiating department will oversee replay reviews on challenged plays next season. Team owners pass the rule proposal at their spring meeting.
– Unbeaten Connecticut goes for its 42nd consecutive win when it plays Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the women’s NCAA tournament. It’s one of eight games on Tuesday’s schedule.
– With the round of 16 to begin Thursday in the men’s NCAA tournament, features on Michigan State, Tennessee, Baylor and Iowa State.
– Blocked shots, steals and field goal percentage are the way fans often look at how well a team plays defense. For many coaches, there’s a more subtle statistic – deflections.
– BUFFALO, N.Y. – Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery following the return of oral cancer. His wife says the cancer is aggressive and starting to spread.
– MIAMI – The Heat and Pacers, both stumbling of late, play in Indianapolis on Wednesday. It’s the first of perhaps as many as nine games between the teams in the next couple of months.
– KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are to play at the Sony Open, although rain is forecast.
– TOKYO – With defending champion Yuna Kim retired and Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova not taking part, the women’s field is open at the world figure skating championships.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer insists the Olympian had a loving relationship with the girlfriend he killed.
– BERLIN – Bayern Munich can become the earliest champion in Bundesliga history, closing in on another milestone in Pep Guardiola’s first year as coach of the Champions League winner.