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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The NCAA suspends Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine games for academic, drug and gifts violations committed primarily by the men's basketball program.

- ATLANTA - The East-leading Atlanta Hawks play LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final time in the regular season, a possible preview of what's to come in the playoffs. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- LEXINGTON, Ky. - One game stands between No. 1 Kentucky (30-0) and a perfect regular season. The Wildcats (30-0) play Florida on Saturday.

- DURHAM, N.C. - Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski faces repeated questions about a player who hasn't been on the roster for more than a month.

- All eyes on pitchers at spring training: Mets' Matt Harvey throws in a game for the first time since 2013; Jon Lester makes his spring debut for Cubs; Rangers' Yu Darvish is evaluated again for a tight triceps.

- CHICAGO - A public visitation is held for Minnie Minoso. The Chicago White Sox great debuted two years after Jackie Robinson and was the game's first black Latino star.

- DORAL, Fla. - J.B. Holmes, fresh off a tournament record-tying 62, takes a four-shot lead into the second round of the Cadillac Championship. Rory McIlroy is 11 strokes behind.

- GLASGOW, Scotland - Andy Murray, playing in his native Scotland for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2013, defeats Donald Young of the U.S. in the first round of the Davis Cup.

- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators, on a season-worst five-game skid, no longer lead the NHL standings. Coach Peter Laviolette wants to make sure his players stick together.

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered not in snow but gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move Saturday's start further north.

- Some who have worked in college sports are optimistic about one plan to limit freshmen eligibility - require freshmen to take a year off if they fail to meet certain academic benchmarks.

- The U.S. women's national soccer team plays Switzerland in the Algarve Cup in Portugal. This is the final tournament heading into the Women's World Cup in Canada. Game started 9 a.m.

- ORLANDO, Fla. - With a labor agreement in place, Major League Soccer newcomers New York City FC and Orlando City Lions make their debuts Sunday as the league's 19th and 20th teams.

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