BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– NCAA men’s tournament ends its round of 16 with four games: Michigan-Tennessee (7:15 p.m.); UConn-Iowa St. (7:27 p.m.); Kentucky-Louisville (9:45 p.m.); Michigan St.-Virginia (9:57 p.m.).

– CHICAGO – Kain Colter is the face of the labor movement in college sports. What did the Northwestern quarterback hope to achieve in launching the fight? Where will it take him now?

– LAKELAND, Fla. – Miguel Cabrera’s $292 million contract with the Tigers means he’ll get more money per plate appearance than the average American’s annual salary.

– Previews on Saturday’s four NCAA women’s games in the round of 16: Connecticut vs. BYU; DePaul vs. Texas A&M; Kentucky vs. Baylor; Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State.

– PHILADELPHIA – Maybe help is on the way for the 76ers. They have lost 26 in a row to tie the NBA record. On Saturday they play a weak Detroit Pistons team that has lost eight of 10

– DENVER – The San Antonio Spurs go for their 16th straight victory when they play the Nuggets. The Spurs beat Denver 108-103 on Wednesday.

– KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic need semifinal victories to advance to a showdown for the Sony Open title.

– DALLAS – Stars forward Rich Peverley discusses his collapse on the bench during a game this month. He later had surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.

– SAN ANTONIO – Phil Mickelson needs a good second round to make the Texas Open cut after an opening 77. Forty-five golfers must finish the fog-delayed first round.

– SAITAMA, Japan – Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu becomes the first man in 12 years to win the Olympic and world figure skating titles in the same year.

– RIO DE JANEIRO – Ronaldo led Brazil to its last World Cup title 12 years ago. He knows the crushing pressure this year’s team is feeling with the tournament at home.

– PRETORIA, South Africa – The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick.