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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- EMBU, Kenya - Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions.

- Fifty years after the NHL approved its biggest expansion in history, and with the league eyeing another small addition, the ''Great expansion'' of 1967 has a lasting impact on hockey.

- Dental care for hockey players has come a long way since they put teeth in coffee cups and up on a shelf before games a few decades ago.

- Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, the chairman of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, conducts a news conference on the state of the group with just over four weeks to go. News conference starts at 3 p.m.

- OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton is getting everything it could have hoped for and more from new point guard Maurice Watson, whose career-high 32 points keyed the Bluejays' upset of No. 5 Xavier.

- MINNEAPOLIS - Rachel Banham was two days removed from her record-setting 60-point performance for Minnesota when the real life-changing moment occurred: a congratulatory tweet from her basketball idol, Kobe Bryant.

- COLUMBIA, S.C. - The last time South Carolina's perfect start was spoiled by UConn, the second-ranked Gamecocks recovered to win the Southeastern Conference and make the Final Four. The Gamecocks hope for similar success after another thumping by the Huskies on Monday night.

- WASHINGTON - John Wall of the Wizards is an NBA All-Star and one of the top point guards around. But in a league with Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard and others, Wall has work to do to get recognized.

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