BC-Tennessee Sports Digest
Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.
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DETROIT _ The slumping Detroit Pistons host Memphis in their last home game of the regular season, desperately needing a win to hang on to a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. game; 600 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars already are due to meet in the next Winter Classic, and the Central Division teams have a chance to add to a growing rivalry with the first postseason series between them starting Wednesday night with Game 1. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5:30 p.m., photos.
PLAYOFF PRIMER-DEADLINE ADDITIONS
UNDATED _ Excuse Derick Brassard for having a little difficulty finding his bearings after the veteran center took an unorthodox cross-country route in reaching the NHL playoffs. Starting the season with Pittsburgh, Brassard was traded to Florida and spent 10 games with the Panthers before landing in Colorado in time to help the Avalanche’s late-season surge to clinch the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff berth. Brassard is also re-adjusting to center after playing on the wing in Florida. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 900 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tee Martin was the starting quarterback for Tennessee’s national championship team. Now he’s back at his alma mater working as a wide receivers coach and trying to boost a Tennessee program that hasn’t won a Conference title since that 1998 national championship season. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
BRISTOL, Tenn. _ Appalled by so many empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway, Clint Bowyer did some digging and learned what race fans have known for more than a decade. Hotels along the Tennessee-Virginia line near the iconic NASCAR track have pushed one of the most popular venues on the circuit beyond the budget of the average attendee. Bowyer made a handful of calls and said he was outraged to discover lower-end lodging starting at more than $300 a night. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 630 words, photos.
_TENNESSEE-WILLIAMS, from Knoxville: Tennessee forward Grant Williams says he is entering the NBA draft to “test the waters,” but the consensus All-America selection hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning for his senior season. SENT: 170 words, photo.
_RACING FACILITY, from Oak Grove, Ky.: Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland are breaking ground on a racing facility in Kentucky. SENT: 150 words.
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