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.

– ARLINGTON, Texas – Previews on Saturday’s Final Four games: Connecticut vs. Florida and Kentucky vs. Wisconsin.

– ARLINGTON, Texas – UConn’s players had the chance to leave when the team was banned from postseason play for academic violations. Now they’re eyeing a championship.

– ARLINGTON, Texas – Florida’s Billy Donavon has his fourth team in the Final Four. With no surefire NBA lottery picks on the roster, this just might be his best coaching job in 18 seasons.

– TORONTO – Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees makes one of the most anticipated major league debuts in years when he faces the Blue Jays. Game starts 7:07 p.m.

– BOSTON – The Red Sox open their home season against the Milwaukee Brewers and will receive their World Series rings before the game. Game starts 2:05 p.m.

– GRENOBLE, France – Michael Schumacher is showing ”moments of consciousness and awakening” from a coma more than three months after injuring his head in a skiing accident.

– RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks hold a news conference for what is reportedly to announce a contract extension for coach Pete Carroll.

– HOUSTON – Kevin Durant can tie Michael Jordan’s streak of 40 straight games with at least 25 points when the Oklahoma City play the Houston Rockets. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

– HUMBLE, Texas – Phil Mickelson, showing he’s fully recovered from last week’s muscle pull as he preps for the Masters, is three shots back entering the second round of the Houston Open.

– RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Shanshan Feng leads Michelle Wie and Se Ri Pak by a shot going into the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the year’s first major tournament.

– Danny Manning, the ex-Kansas star who coached Tulsa the past two seasons, is hired as Wake Forest’s basketball coach, the AP is told. He succeeds Jeff Bzdelik.

– Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland loses to Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev on the opening day of Davis Cup quarterfinals.

– SAO PAULO – Fans surge on the field and the sound system fails for the national anthem in the first major test event at a World Cup stadium in Brazil.