BC-AP Sports Digest

Associated Press • AP • Updated: February 24, 2018 at 1:59 pm • Published: February 24, 2018

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TOP STORIES

GYMNASTS ABUSE

Romanian gymnasts who trained under former U.S. Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi tell the AP the duo starved and beat them. The Karolyis' lawyer denies the accusation. U.S. gymnasts say the Karolyis created a toxic environment, allowing predators like imprisoned team doctor Larry Nassar to thrive. By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 3,950 words, photos. Abridged version: 850 words.

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

A new round of allegations has darkened college basketball less than a month before the NCAA Tournament. A Yahoo Sports report reveals documents from a federal inquiry showing more than two dozen players and their relatives received a wide range of impermissible benefits. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-GOLD MEDAL

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The King of Sweden was there. So was Aaron Rodgers, Ivanka Trump and Mr. T. The U.S. men's curling team upsets Sweden to win the gold medal. This from a team that was on brink of elimination in pool play. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OLY--NBC'S OLYMPICS

NEW YORK — With the flame soon to be out, NBC says the Pyeongchang Games were a profit-maker despite some ratings decreases. The two weeks made stars of some NBC performers, hurt the reputations of others. One thing is clear: Young viewers are flocking to devices to watch the games. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

OLY--CUR-PAUL NEWBERRY-MIRACLE ON ICE

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Move over, Mike Eruzione. You've got company. John Shuster delivers another Miracle on Ice for the Americans, only this one came with brooms, not hockey sticks — a gold medal with an upset of Sweden. For one day, at least, the U.S. is a curling nation. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLY--TIM DAHLBERG-OLYMPIANS FUTURE

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — They've had their moment on prime-time TV, these skiers and skaters who both dazzled and flopped. But where will they be 10 years from now? Their Olympic flame does not burn forever. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--SBD-PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When the book closes on these Olympics — all Olympics, really — Ester Ledecka will have her own chapter. The Czech wins an unheard-of Olympic double, taking gold in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom to go with her big upset in the Alpine super-G. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLY--FIG-BEIJING BOUND?

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Four years can be an eternity in figure skating. Injuries, ennui, growth spurts, coaching changes, rules changes play a role in getting from one Olympics to another. Who is positioned to handle that, and which countries already are taking aim at the 2022 Beijing Games? By Barry Wilner. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OLY--NKOREA-NO-NEWS OLYMPICS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — While hundreds of millions around the world to watch the closing ceremony, North Koreans are still waiting to see the first event. Even taking into account the North's reluctance to positively portray South Korea, the blackout is a bit mysterious. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 950 words, photos.

— Also:

— OLY--PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-DECISION — IOC question: What to do with banned Russian Olympic Committee? By Steve Wade. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

— SKOREA-IVANKA TRUMP — Ivanka Trump at Olympics for politics, to back athletes. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

— OLY--OLYMPICS ROUNDUP — Ester Ledecka gets rare double Olympic gold; U.S. men win curling. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS — NBC fails to mention cause of death in tribute to U.S. bobsled star. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--MLB-CLARK

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Union leader Tony Clark says major leaguers remain concerned about the unusual number of unsigned free agents with spring training nearing the end of its second week. Pitcher Jake Arrieta and third baseman Mike Moustakas are among those not signed. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-PEACOCK

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Last spring, Brad Peacock entered Astros camp worried he wouldn't make the team. After the best season of his career, the right-hander's spot is secure but he insists his mindset is the same. "I still want to keep that edge on me," he says. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP — Roundup of exhibition games in Florida and Arizona. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 8 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods goes into the weekend at the Honda Classic four shots behind Luke List and Jamie Lovemark. Woods has only 13 players in front of him on a course where pars are not coming easily. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--QATAR MASTERS — Englishmen Eddie Pepperell, Oliver Fisher in front by two strokes after three rounds on European Tour. SENT: 350 words.

— GLF--LPGA THAILAND — Jessica Korda ahead by four strokes after three rounds at LPGA event. SENT: 250 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-KANSAS-TEXAS TECH

LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 8 Kansas can clinch at least a share of its 14th consecutive Big 12 title with a win at No. 6 Texas Tech, which is coming off consecutive losses. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.

— Other Top 10 Games:

— BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-PITTSBURGH — No. 1 Virginia at Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 4 p.m.

— BKC--T25-VILLANOVA-CREIGHTON — No. 3 Villanova at Creighton. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.

— BKC--T25-SYRACUSE-DUKE — No. 5 Duke hosts Syracuse. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:15 p.m.

— BKC--T25-GONZAGA-BYU — No. 6 Gonzaga at BYU. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

Women:

BKW--T25-TENNESSEE-RUSSELL-NARED

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Mercedes Russell and Jaime Nared have been counted on this season to help make a No. 15 Tennessee team loaded with freshmen contenders again. The two seniors, once top recruits from Oregon, play their final regular-season home game Sunday against No. 7 South Carolina. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--THUNDER-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors try to avenge a 125-105 home loss to the Thunder on Feb. 6 when Oklahoma City visits Oracle Arena again. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. — Driver after driver, including Kyle Busch, who will be on the pole Sunday, talks of the harrowing fun of slipping and sliding on Atlanta Motor Speedway's patched-up asphalt. The drivers don't want the track resurfaced, and have said so year after year. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY-ATLANTA — UPCOMING: 350 words. Race started 2 p.m.

— CAR-NASCAR-TRUCKS-ATLANTA — UPCOMING: 250 words. Race starts 4:30 p.m.

BOXING

BOX--SOR RUNGVISAI-ESTRADA

INGLEWOOD, California — Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defends his WBC 115-pound title against Mexico's Juan Francisco Estrada. Mexico's Carlos Cuadras takes on Puerto Rico's McWilliams Arroyo on a card showcasing many top super flyweights. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words. Main event starts about 11:30 p.m.

TENNIS

— TEN--DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS — Elina Svitolina wins title in United Arab Emirates. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— TEN--OPEN 13 — Lucas Pouille, Tomas Berdych play in separate semifinals in Marseille, France. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

— TEN--DELRAY BEACH — Steve Johnson faces Peter Gojowczyk in semifinals in Florida. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

— TEN--RIO OPEN — Semifinals in Brazil: Fernando Verdasco vs. Fabio Fognini; Diego Schwartzman vs. Nicolas Jarry. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOCCER

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Liverpool beats West Ham 4-1 to move into second place in Premier League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Orlando at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.

Memphis at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Chicago at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

Portland at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Utah, 9 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

NHL

Philadelphia at Ottawa, 2 p.m.

Colorado at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Winnipeg at Dallas, 7 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Florida, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Arizona, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 1 Virginia at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.

No. 3 Villanova at Creighton, 2:30 p.m.

No. 5 Duke vs. Syracuse, 6:15 p.m.

No. 6 Gonzaga at BYU, 8 p.m.

No. 6 Texas Tech vs. No. 8 Kansas, 4 p.m.

No. 12 Auburn at Florida, 8:30 p.m.

No. 13 Wichita State at SMU, 2 p.m.

No. 14 Arizona at Oregon, 10:15 p.m.

No. 15 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, 3 p.m.

No. 17 Michigan at Maryland, noon

No. 19 Tennessee at Mississippi, 1 p.m.

No. 21 West Virginia vs. Iowa State, 6 p.m.

No. 22 Saint Mary 's vs. Santa Clara, 6 p.m.

No. 24 Middle Tennessee vs. UAB, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn at SMU, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Baylor at TCU, 6 p.m.

No. 6 Texas at Iowa State, 6 p.m.

No. 10 UCLA vs. Utah, 5 p.m.

No. 18 South Florida vs. Cincinnati, 5 p.m.

No. 23 Belmont vs. Tennessee State, 4 p.m.

No. 25 Oklahoma State at West Virginia, 1 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Grapefruit League

Washington vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Houston at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

NY Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. NY Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Cactus League

LA Dodgers (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. LA Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. LA Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

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