BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
FEB 18, 2014 12:11p ET
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. A separate Olympic digest has moved. All times EST.
- Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel is putting is impressive academic career on hold. For now, he's all about football as he tries to impress scouts at the NFL combine and improve his draft stock. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING:830 words, photos by 12 p.m.
- Playing offensive lineman is a job like no other in the NFL. The standard job description: Weigh at least 300 pounds, be strong and aggressive enough to push or hold off a man just as heavy against his will, expect to toil in anonymity unless a mistake is made.
Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito offered apologies to teammate Jonathan Martin, team owner Stephen Ross and investigator Ted Wells on Tuesday in the wake of the NFL-ordered report detailing a racially charged bullying scandal.
- TAMPA, Fla. - There will be a new tune playing in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium this year, with ''Sweet Home Alabama'' replacing ''Enter Sandman.'' After six seasons as an understudy, David Robertson replaces the thought-to-be unreplaceable Mariano Rivera as New York's closer.
- SURPRISE, Ariz. - Yu Darvish led the majors in strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting last season. He was also bothered by nerve inflammation in his back the last six weeks of the season. But the Texas Rangers ace has indicated that he is feeling good early in his third MLB spring.
- LAKELAND, Fla. Miguel Cabrera's spectacular 2013 season could have been even better if he hadn't been hurt down the stretch. After offseason surgery, he's back and ready to move back to first base after Detroit traded Prince Fielder in the offseason.
- BRADENTON, Fla. - Andrew McCutchen arrived at Pittsburgh Pirates spring training early. The defending National League MVP is only too anxious to get on with an encore.
- DALLAS - Dwyane Wade should be back on the floor in Dallas after playing in the All-Star game despite missing Miami's last two games before the break. The Heat are going for their third straight season sweep of the Mavericks since losing to Dallas in the 2011 finals.
- ORLANDO, Fla. - Juan Pablo Montoya's return to Indy cars isn't going as easily as he expected.