BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– MOSCOW – Stung by a report accusing Russia of a vast, state-sponsored doping program, President Vladimir Putin will meet with the head coach of the country’s track federation Wednesday.
– COLUMBIA, Mo. – The boycott threat by the Missouri football team underlines a cultural shift in which college sports leaders must adjust to more empowered and outspoken athletes.
– Alabama is expected to make a jump in the College Football Playoff rankings when the selection committee releases its second Top 25. Will Notre Dame land at No. 4? Rankings released about 7:10 p.m.
– Major League Baseball and the Colorado Rockies are looking into a report that shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested on a charge of assaulting his wife in Hawaii on Oct. 31.
– BOCA RATON, Fla. – Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains on track for a decision on Pete Rose before the end of the year; MLB optimistic about 2016 spring training game in Cuba.
– FRANKFURT, Germany – Pressure grows on Franz Beckenbauer to address the latest corruption allegations linked to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The German soccer great was the bid’s leading figure.
– NEW YORK – The AP announces its women’s preseason All-America basketball team. Announcement 1:30 p.m.
– Even before he’s played a game, the expectations grow for LSU’s Ben Simmons, a freshman and preseason all-American. He has plenty of company when it comes to top-tier freshmen this year.
– HANGZHOU, China – College basketball is coming to China. Washington and Texas play the first NCAA regular-season game in the country Saturday. This might be the first of many such games for U.S. schools.
– The NFC North is Green Bay’s to win again, but improving Minnesota has managed to make a race of it for the second half. Can’t say the same about Chicago or Detroit.
– ST. LOUIS – The Rams get their first look at Wes Welker on the practice field. They’re hoping the 34-year-old wide receiver will help solve a woeful third-down conversion rate.
– Ivan Lendl is getting back into coaching. He’s working with about a half-dozen 15- and 16-year-old boys as part of the U.S. Tennis Association’s player development program.