June 02, 2014

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

- The AP's final rundown of NCAA Tournament bubble teams leading to Selection Sunday. Fifteen men's NCAA Tournament spots are up for grabs Saturday.

- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Top-ranked Kentucky, rolling at 32-0, plays Auburn in the SEC Tournament semifinals. The Wildcats beat Florida in the quarterfinals and Auburn upset LSU in overtime. Game starts 1 p.m.

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's down to the top two seeds for the Big 12 title - No. 9 Kansas vs. No. 13 Iowa State, the defending champion. Game starts 6 p.m.

- GREENSBORO, N.C. - No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 19 North Carolina meet for the ACC title. The Irish upset No. 2 Duke in the semifinals while the Tar Heels knocked off No. 3 Virginia. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- NEW YORK - Top-seeded Villanova faces No. 6 seed Xavier in the Big East championship game. A victory could lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs for the fourth-ranked Wildcats. Game starts 8 p.m.

- LAS VEGAS - No. 5 Arizona tries to win its first Pac-12 Tournament since 2002 when it faces Oregon in the title game. Game starts 11 p.m.

- PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Brendon de Jonge has a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson going into the third round at the Valspar Championship, but many players are still in the mix.

- AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick may be unbeatable at Phoenix International Raceway, but no one has given up on catching the NASCAR champion.

- INDIAN WELLS, California - Novak Djokovic opens his BNP Paribas Open title defense against Marcos Baghdatis at night. Also playing are Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and defending champion Flavia Pennetta.

- Spring training highlights: Yankees' Alex Rodriguez awaits reception on road; Rangers' Derek Holland to make spring debut; Mariners' Robinson Cano might play after grandfather's death in Dominican Republic.

- AGUIRRE, Venezuela - The Seattle Mariners end their developmental program in Venezuela, the latest major league club to do so because of economic turmoil, rampant crime and political tension with the U.S.

- ARE, Sweden - American Mikaela Shiffrin, skiing a day after her 20th birthday, wins her fourth World Cup slalom of the season and extends her lead in the overall slalom standings.

- KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia - Alexis Pinturault of France captures a World Cup giant slalom while Marcel Hirscher is second to take the season's discipline title with a race to spare.

- HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer Bob Baffert, eyeing his fifth Rebel Stakes win in six years, sends out American Pharoah in the $750,000 Kentucky Derby prep at Oaklawn Park. Post time about 6:30 p.m.

- FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Oregon's men try to hold off top-ranked Florida, and the host Arkansas women look to win their first title at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

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