BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– CLEVELAND – LeBron James has never lost to Atlanta in the playoffs and the four-time league MVP puts that streak on the line as the Cavaliers open their second-round series with the Hawks, who were swept by Cleveland in the postseason last year. Game starts 7 p.m.
– SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs, coming off a big game from LaMarcus Aldridge, take on Oklahoma City in Game 2 of a second-round series after blowing out the Thunder in the opener. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
– PITTSBURGH – The Penguins and Capitals head to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the series tied at a game apiece. The Capitals will be without defenseman Brooks Orpik, suspended for three games by the NHL for interfering with Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta in Game 2. Game starts 8 p.m.
– LONDON – Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has won England's Footballer of the Year award on the day his team could clinch an unlikely Premier League title.
– TALLADEGA, Ala. – The race at Talladega Superspeedway was exactly what everyone expected – a chaotic crash-fest that thrilled fans but damaged 35 cars. Is it a problem NASCAR needs to fix? Depends on who you ask.
– AVONDALE, La. – Jhonattan Vegas and Brian Stuard were tied for the lead at 13 under with 13 holes to play in the rain-delayed Zurich Classic.
– PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet for the first time since the Cubs knocked the Pirates out of the NL Wild Card game last fall. The Cubs enter the three-game series atop the NL Central, with the Pirates in second. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– CHICAGO – The first concussion study of its kind found youth football players are more likely to return to play less than a day after injury than those in high school and college. The research also found differences in concussion symptoms depending on players' age, offering guidance for parents, doctors and coaches in assessing injured players.