BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Ohio State play one of the biggest games in the history of their long and intense rivalry. Game started at noon.
– Three other top-five college football games: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Auburn (3:30 p.m.); No. 4 Clemson vs. South Carolina (7:30 p.m.); and No. 5 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota (3:30 p.m.).
– Two major decisions among college football coaches: Charlie Strong is done at Texas after three consecutive losing seasons and with two years left on his contract; LSU gives Ed Orgeron the job on a permanent basis, the AP is told.
– NBC was facing a Sunday night game between the Patriots and Jets before the NFL stepped in and flexed the Chiefs-Broncos to prime time – the latest installment of a terrific rivalry.
– WASHINGTON – The San Antonio Spurs (13-3) go for their ninth straight victory when they play a Washington Wizards team has won its last two. Game starts 7 p.m.
– DURHAM, N.C. – No. 6 Duke is the highest-ranked men's basketball team playing Saturday, facing Appalachian State before a visit from Michigan State. Game started noon.
– Two women's college basketball games in Florida involving four ranked teams: No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 18 DePaul (5 p.m.) and No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Syracuse (7:30 p.m.).
– ZAGREB, Croatia – Croatia takes a 2-1 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final after Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig defeat Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer in doubles in the best-of-five series.
– CARDIFF, Wales – Puerto Rico's Orlando Cruz looks to become the first openly gay boxer to win a world title when he challenges WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan.
– LONDON – First-place Chelsea looks to end rival Tottenham's unbeaten start, highlighting play in the English Premier League.
– KAZAN, Russia – FIFA President Gianni Infantino warns that the Confederations Cup is uncertain beyond next year's competition in Russia.
– KILLINGTON, Vt. – Nina Loeseth of Norway and Tessa Worley of France are 1-2 after the first run of the women's World Cup giant slalom at Killington. World Cup overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. is eighth.