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.
– AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bill Haas is in front entering the second round of the Masters. Defending champion Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen begin the day a stroke behind.
– LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao is intent on avenging his loss to Timothy Bradley two years ago in a heavily criticized decision. The welterweights fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.
– ATLANTA – Lou Hudson, a six-time All-Star for the Hawks who averaged more than 20 points during 13 NBA seasons, dies at 69.
– MIAMI – The Pacers play the Heat with first place in the Eastern Conference at stake. Indiana has a half-game lead on Miami, which is again without Dwyane Wade. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius dismisses as ”not true” the accusation that he shot his girlfriend through a bathroom door as they talked and argued last year.
– MONACO – FIFA’s medical chief tells the AP he is ”really not happy” with drug-testing plans for the World Cup in Brazil because samples must be flown across the Atlantic.
– WASHINGTON – A review concludes government intelligence agencies could not could have been done anything differently to prevent last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.
– PHILADELPHIA – Union and Minnesota play for the NCAA hockey title Saturday. Union is coming off a victory over Boston College. Minnesota beat North Dakota in the other semifinal.
– DARLINGTON, S.C. – Sprint Cup points leader and seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon leads the field into qualifying for the Southern 500 on Saturday. Qualifying starts 6 p.m.
– Another diary entry written for the AP by Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel on his days leading to the NFL draft on May 8.
– HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Trainer Steve Asmussen, his Racing Hall of Fame nomination on hold following allegations he mistreated horses, saddles the favorite for Saturday’s Arkansas Derby.
– LOS ANGELES – Creighton’s Doug McDermott accepts the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year. UConn’s Breanna Stewart is the women’s favorite.
– LONDON – On a day marking the deaths at Hillsborough 25 years ago, Liverpool faces Manchester City on Sunday in the biggest game in the Premier League so far this season.