BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. Times EST.
- DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The season-opening Daytona 500 starts with Danica Patrick on the pole and one day after a crash the previous day injured dozens of fans in the grandstand. Race starts 1 p.m.
- DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Workers repair a fence that was shredded Saturday when a car went airborne on the final lap of a second-tier race. The crash raises questions about spectator safety.
- JOHANNESBURG - The murder case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius takes another unexpected turn with news that his older brother is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident.
- MARANA, Arizona - The semifinals of the Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain: Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter and Jason Day vs. Matt Kuchar.
- CHICAGO - The Blackhawks look to extend the best start in NHL history when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chicago has at least one point in its first 17 games. Game starts 7 p.m.
- MIAMI - The Heat put their 10-game winning streak on the line against LeBron James' former team. Miami has the best record in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is in last place. Game starts 6 p.m.
- COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 4 Michigan State plays at No. 18 Ohio State in a critical Big Ten game. The Spartans are trying to remain within a game of top-ranked Indiana, the Big Ten leader. Game starts 4 p.m.
- COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 5 Duke plays No. 8 Maryland in an ACC matchup between two of the nation's best. The Terrapins lost to the Blue Devils by 15 points less than two weeks ago. Game starts 3 p.m.
- MERIBEL, France - Tina Maze of Slovenia clinches her first overall World Cup title, winning the super-combined for her eighth victory this season with nine races still to go.
- INDIANAPOLIS - Tyrann Mathieu has gone from Heisman Trophy finalist to draft liability in 14 months. The cornerback who was tossed off LSU's team is at the NFL combine and trying rebuild his image.
- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have played in the last two Grand Slam finals. Roger Federer says it's wrong to discount him and Rafael Nadal.