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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 about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

- NCAA coaches and others discuss their reaction to Indiana's new religious objections law, particularly movements to boycott next year's women's Final Four in Indianapolis. Other sports organizations, from the WNBA to NASCAR are also weighing in. 600 words. By 6 p.m.

- DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has built past Final Four teams with tournament-tested veterans. Yet he's had several one-and-done NBA talents, like Kyrie Irving, Jabari Parker and Luol Deng. This year he's starting more freshmen than Kentucky, three players who will have their own NBA decisions after the season. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

- LEXINGTON, KY. - Kentucky's smallest player at 5-foot-9, freshman backup point guard Tyler Ulis will likely have to continue to play big minutes for the top-ranked Wildcats to complete their championship run. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

- MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson has earned coach Bo Ryan's trust by making clutch shots in crunch time. A right foot injury forced Jackson to lose his starting job and adjust to life off the bench. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

- TAMPA, Fla. - Four No. 1 seeds are in the Final Four of the women's NCAA Tournament for only the third time, yet there's still a distinctive feel that's it's two-time defending champion Connecticut and that Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland merely are the best of the rest entering the national semifinals. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

- Spring training highlights: AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and the Indians face World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and the Giants; Cleveland's Nick Swisher will play in his first major league game Wednesday since surgery to both knees; Philadelphia's Cole Hamels will make his final exhibition start, against the Braves.

- KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Serena Williams faces Sabine Lisicki in the quarterfinals at the Miami Open, and American Sloane Stephens plays Simona Halep. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m. with updates.

- NEW YORK - Chris Mullin comes home, introduced as coach at the school where he still holds the all-time scoring record. It's the first coaching job for the player who led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four. UPCOMING: 700 words. News conference 1:30 p.m.

- OKLAHOMA CITY - The Thunder try to close in on Dallas for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings. Oklahoma City trails Dallas by three games with 10 to go. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Starts 8 p.m.

- ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks could clinch their third straight Pacific Division title when they host the Edmonton Oilers, who have won three straight. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m. PDT.

- RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Lydia Ko has accomplished everything that a 17-year-old player possibly could, except win a major championship. She's trying to change that this week in the ANA Inspiration. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

- HUMBLE, Texas - Veterans Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood and up-and-comers Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth are all looking for a confidence-building win in Houston Open before next week's Masters. UPCOMING: 500 words. Expected by 7 p.m.

- CHICAGO - McDonald's All-American high school boys, girls games. UPCOMING: Girls start 6:30 p.m.; boys start 9 p.m.

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