BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- AUGUSTA, Ga. - A big deficit. A collapse that was painful to watch. An Englishman in a green jacket who might not get his due. Nick Faldo has seen this before at the Masters. This time, it was Danny Willett.

- NEW ORLEANS - The man accused of killing former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith will appear before a state judge and is being held on $1 million bond. Police say Smith, 34, was shot in a case of road rage.

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- OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors (72-9) can break the NBA record for wins in a season in the regular-season finale Wednesday night against Memphis.

- OKLAHOMA CITY - Kobe Bryant plays the final road game of his great career when the last-place Los Angeles Lakers meet the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game starts 8 p.m.

- DENVER - Trevor Story was told by his manager before spring training that he had a chance to be the Rockies' starting shortstop. Nobody in major league history ever had a first week as he did.

- NEW YORK - The big league batting average was up seven points from the first week last year and scoring increased 6 percent, keeping up an offensive uptick that began last summer.

- MILWAUKEE - The Brewers? Not that bad. The Phillies just won a series from the NL champions. The Padres found their offense. Some teams thought to be NL afterthoughts had decent opening weeks.

- CHICAGO - Coming off a 97-win season and NLCS run, Jon Lester starts the most anticipated home opener in years for the Cubs. Chicago faces the Cincinnati Reds, with both teams 5-1. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

- BOSTON - The Orioles, the only unbeaten team in the majors at 5-0, face David Price at Fenway Park in Boston's home opener. Game starts 2:05 p.m.

- PHILADELPHIA - Ed Snider, the Philadelphia Flyers founder whose ''Broad Street Bullies'' became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup, dies at 83.

- NHL playoff previews on the Eastern and Western conferences.

- PITTSBURGH - Lifeless in December, the Pittsburgh Penguins are sprinting toward the playoffs behind a resurgent Sidney Crosby and young legs.

- Three Kentucky Derby preps results in three new entries into the AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 list of contenders.

- In the second of a two-part draft diary entry, Ohio State defensive back Tyvis Powell gives a scouting report on his teammates, including safety Vonn Bell and roommate Cardale Jones.

- MONACO - Roger Federer expects his left knee to hold up when he returns to competition at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.