Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– BOSTON – The Red Sox are expected to announce the signings of free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, two big acquisitions that reshape a team that finished last in the AL East in 2014.
– NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ union chief DeMaurice Smith meet to discuss the league’s personal conduct policy.
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– Mississippi State, Baylor, TCU and Ohio State jockey for the fourth spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Rankings released about 7:10 p.m.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eric Berry has always had a lot of fight in him. The Chiefs’ safety may need to rely on that resolve now that a mass has been found in his chest that is believed to be lymphoma.
– ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Bills are back home, their weeklong odyssey over. The snow is mostly gone, and so is Buffalo’s two-game losing streak. The Bills are 6-5 after a 38-3 rout of the Jets in Detroit.
– COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland and Rutgers meet in the final game of their inaugural Big Ten football season. Both schools and the conference reaped the benefits of the league’s eastern expansion.
– NEW YORK – In the night’s only college basketball game between ranked teams, No. 12 Villanova plays No. 19 Michigan in the Legends Classic final. Game starts 10 p.m.
– MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Grizzlies are tied for the NBA’s best record and have matched the best start in team history. Credit a deep bench that is finally clicking.
– Their first days together were difficult, but Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich eventually found common ground. In doing so, they made each other, and the San Antonio Spurs, so much better.
– Bayern Munich faces Manchester City in the Champions League. Lionel Messi could set a Champions League career scoring record when Barcelona plays in Cyprus.