BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BY AP • March 28, 2017

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

- LAS VEGAS - For the Raiders' $1.9 billion Las Vegas stadium to succeed, nearly 2 million people need to show up every year to football games, rodeo, concerts and other events.

- PHOENIX - With the Raiders' relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas approved, NFL owners turn their attention to potential rules changes.

- NEW YORK - The AP releases its men's All-America team. Announcement about noon.

- PANAMA CITY - The U.S., coming off a 6-0 romp at home over Honduras, plays Panama and looks to even its record at 2-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying. Game starts 10:05 p.m.

- ZURICH - Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers for cursing an assistant referee during a home qualifier against Chile.

- CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Luke Maye, the North Carolina reserve turned sudden star, might not be alone. All of the Final Four teams have overlooked players who could make an impact.

- COLUMBIA, S.C. - Frank Martin, South Carolina's hard-bitten coach, may be embracing this Final Four run even more than his players.

- NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden: Georgia Tech vs. Cal State Bakersfield (7 p.m.); TCU vs. Central Florida (9:30 p.m.).

- The women's Final Four coaches are hardly strangers: Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, South Carolina's Dawn Staley, Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer, UConn's Geno Aueriemma.

- STORRS, Conn. - UConn holds a rally for its team, which is headed to a 10th straight Final Four in a bid for a fifth straight title. Rallly starts 12:30 p.m.

- Season previews of all American League teams, with opening day set for Sunday.

- WASHINGTON - In response to gymnastics' sexual abuse scandal, a Senate committee discusses a bill that would give greater protection to amateur athletes.

- HOUSTON - The Golden State Warriors, hitting their rhythm without Kevin Durant out, look to extend their winning streak to eight games when they play the Houston Rockets. Game starts 8 p.m.

- NEW YORK - Joakim Noah is expected to return to practice following knee surgery. The Knicks hope he can begin serving his 20-game drug ban as soon as this week.

- AUSTIN, Texas - Jon Rahm can be an imposing figure without a golf club in his hand - even when his audience is Jack Nicklaus.

- KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki highlight play at the Miami Open. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

- RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Maria Sharapova is to appear at a sports conference, with the former No. 1 player nearing the end of her 15-month doping suspension.

- Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva enters this week's figure skating world championships in Finland in position to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles singles since Michelle Kwan in 2001.



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