BC-AP Sports Digest

TOP STORIES BKC--NCAA-CALIPARI'S RETURN MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Calipari returns to the town where fans still hate him for ditching the Memphis Tigers for Kentucky in 2009, a decision all the more painful because the coach's best season was wiped off the books months after he left. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m. BKC--NCAA-MICHIGAN-OREGON KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka get 1-game suspensions for fighting

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago's Robin Lopez and Toronto's Serge Ibaka have both been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for fighting. Lopez and Ibaka threw punches at one another during the Bulls-Raptors game on Tuesday. Lopez was barred from Chicago's home game with Detroit on Wednesday, and Ibaka will not play when Toronto visits Miami on Thursday. Also, Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire was fined $15,000 for his role in the altercation.

The next Messi may be training at this youth soccer academy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Benjamin Palandella dribbles around a bigger boy who comes charging at him and shoots to the goal with shocking force for a 7-year-old player. Nearby, children jump to head a ball tethered on a rope, tip-toe over hoops and dribble around orange cones. The kids training in this concrete court in a Buenos Aires working class neighborhood play for Club Social Parque.

Correction: IAAF-Fredericks story

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- In a story March 22 about Frank Fredericks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Fredericks has retained all his IAAF duties. While Fredericks is still on the IAAF Council, he has stepped down from the IAAF Taskforce.

Paris Olympic bid team tells IOC it doesn't want 2028 Games

LONDON (AP) -- The Paris bid team issued an ultimatum to the IOC on Tuesday: It's the 2024 Olympics or nothing. With only Paris and Los Angeles left as 2024 bidders after rivals dropped out, IOC President Thomas Bach has raised the prospect of one city being awarded 2024 and the other taking 2028 to avoid there being a loser.

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Confederate flag flies next to NCAA arena in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to a South Carolina arena hosting two men's NCAA Tournament games. The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck . They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Gold medalist Roche to challenge IOC VP Coates in elections

SYDNEY (AP) -- International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates will have his leadership of Australia's Olympic movement challenged for the first time in decades after 1996 field hockey gold medalist Danni Roche got backing to run against him in May elections. Nobody has run against Coates, the head of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Games, since he was elected as president of the Australian Olympic Committee in 1990.

Confederate flag flies next to NCAA arena in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to a South Carolina arena hosting two men's NCAA Tournament games. The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck . They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Thursday's Sports in Brief

NCAA TOURNAMENT The NCAA Tournament's first full day tipped off, and for 20 minutes, Villanova looked ordinary, vulnerable, maybe even a little scared. The Wildcats finished like champions. Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the NCAA Tournament's top seed shook off a shocking start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's.

IOC sets up group to look at double 2024-2028 Olympic picks

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee has moved closer toward picking both Los Angeles and Paris to host a Summer Games in an unprecedented double vote this year. IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly hinted at awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. Only the 2024 Games is currently scheduled to be voted on in Lima.

Fukushima confirmed as venue for Tokyo 2020 baseball

TOKYO (AP) -- Organizers on Friday confirmed that baseball and softball games for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster. The International Olympic Committee approved the use of Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium as an additional venue for baseball and softball.

AP source: Second female official hired by NFL

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the hiring tells The Associated Press that the NFL is adding a second female official, Terri Valenti, to work as an instant replay official next season. Valenti will join Sarah Thomas, who has been a line judge since 2015. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the hiring.

State politics in Carolinas clash with NCAA Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Times have changed in the Carolinas. Everyone knew this day was coming, but now it's a reality. The NCAA Tournament, a spring fixture in basketball-crazed North Carolina, is tipping off in South Carolina on Friday. Because of state-level politics, the NCAA no longer considers North Carolina a suitable host, while a political move has put South Carolina back in the governing body's good graces.

A quick look at Louisville-Jacksonville St in the tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- No. 2 seed Louisville (24-8) vs. No. 15 seed Jacksonville State (20-14) First round, Midwest Region; Indianapolis, 2:45 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: After missing the tournament last year because of a school-imposed ban, coach Rick Pitino has Louisville looking to stick around this year. Jacksonville State is trying to avoid a one-and-done showing in its first NCAA appearance.

Affidavit: Josh Jackson threatened to 'beat' women's player

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- One day before top-seeded Kansas opens NCAA Tournament play, court officials released an affidavit that said freshman star Josh Jackson threatened to "beat" a women's basketball player during a confrontation in December. Douglas County District Court officials released the affidavit to The Lawrence Journal-World detailing statements from McKenzie Calvert and two other Kansas women's basketball players who witnessed the argument Dec. 9 outside a bar in Lawrence, Kansas.

A quick look at USC-SMU in the NCAA Tournament

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- No. 6 seed SMU (30-4) vs. No. 11 seed USC (25-9) First round, East Region, Tulsa, Oklahoma; 3:10 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: SMU is in the NCAA Tournament after being banned from postseason play a year ago for multiple violations, including academic fraud and unethical conduct. USC rallied from 17 points down in the second half to win its First Four game against Providence on Wednesday.

IOC president Bach to meet with Russia doping investigator

GENEVA (AP) -- Doping investigator Richard McLaren has been invited for talks with IOC President Thomas Bach amid ongoing tension between Olympic sports bodies and anti-doping officials. The offer, announced Thursday, to meet in Lausanne comes eight months after McLaren detailed evidence of a Russian doping conspiracy at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. McLaren's work initially provoked calls for the IOC to ban Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.