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March 17, 2014 12:17 PM EST | AP


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

— College basketball fans, start your brackets. March Madness kicks into full gear this week with the start of the NCAA tournament. A rundown on the best teams, players and matchups.

— Warren Buffett looks at the offer of $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket as nothing more than a matter of having all the numbers in his favor.

— Stories on Tuesday's two first-round games at Dayton, Ohio: North Carolina State vs. Xavier and Albany vs. Mount St. Mary's.

— The AP release its final Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball.

— ORLANDO, Fla. — The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports releases its annual academic report on the 68 teams competing in the men's NCAA tournament.

— Unbeaten Connecticut will find out its path toward a possible record ninth national championship when the NCAA women's tournament bracket is announced. To be sent about 8 p.m.

— INDIANAPOLILS — The 76ers try to avoid a franchise-record 21st straight loss. Awaiting them are the Indiana Pacers, with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Game starts 7 p.m.

— INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer's loss to Novak Djokovic in the BNP Paribas Open is softened by the knowledge of how far he's come since injuring his back a year ago.

— PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang returns to practice with the stagnant Pittsburgh Penguins after a long absence because of a stroke and the resulting discovery of a small hole in his heart.

— PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius says he once he drew his gun after mistaking noise from a laundry machine for a possible home intruder, a guns expert testifies.

— INDIANAPOLIS — Police say they found multiple prescription drugs in Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's vehicle after his arrest on suspicion of intoxicated driving.