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.
– The baseball season begins in full with 13 games: The champion Red Sox are in Baltimore; Justin Verlander pitches in Detroit; and Ryan Braun plays again for Milwaukee.
– The AP announces its men’s All-America basketball team. Announcement at noon.
– INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers play the Spurs in a game between NBA powers. San Antonio is chasing a franchise-record 18th straight win. Indiana has lost four of five. Game starts 7 p.m.
– This should be one intriguing Final Four: One team is loaded with seniors, another almost all freshmen. One team has a 3-point shooting 7-footer, another with a muscular force in the middle.
– Two regional finals in the women’s NCAA tournament: Baylor vs. Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind. (7:30 p.m.) and Connecticut vs. Texas A&M in Lincoln, Neb. (9:30 p.m.).
– LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins is expected to announce he’s headed to the NBA, a decision the freshman made the moment he arrived on campus.
– MADISON, Wis. – It’s back to business at Wisconsin. The Badgers return to practice, awaiting Kentucky in the national semifinals. The Final Four is new territory for coach Bo Ryan.
– GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For Florida, it’s the Familiar Four. Its only losses this season came at Wisconsin and at UConn. The Gators also beat Kentucky three times this season.
– NEW YORK – Larry Brown, who complained about his team being snubbed by the NCAA tournament, brings SMU to Madison Square Garden this week for the NIT semifinals.
– LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Bears introduce defensive end Jared Allen, the biggest addition to their revamped defense. The defensive end spent the past six years with the Vikings.
– ANAHEIM, Calif. – Teemu Selanne, who is retiring after the season, faces the Jets for likely the last time. The 43-year-old Anaheim star began his NHL career in Winnipeg in 1992.