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:
– LA UNION, Colombia – A charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to its biggest match crashes into the muddy Colombian hillside. Most of the team and 75 of the 81 people on board are killed.
– CHAPECO, Brazil – For the players on the modest Brazilian club Chapecoense, these were going to be the games of their lives – the two-game final of Copa Sudamericana, the continent's No. 2 club tournament.
– From Lionel Messi to Neymar, from Diego Maradona to Rafael Nadal, the world of sports expresses its sorrow following the fatal crash.
– NASSAU, Bahamas – A year ago, Tiger Woods said he could barely get out of bed. Now he can't wait to get started. Woods returns from the longest break of his career at the Hero World Challenge.
– The next-to-last College Football Playoff rankings are released. The big question is where Ohio State will be ranked as it waits out championship weekend. Rankings released at 7:15 p.m.
– Lamar Jackson has had a far from fantastic finish to his Heisman Trophy campaign. Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield and Jake Browning get their chance to catch Jackson during championship weekend.
– HOUSTON – The Houston Cougars pick up the pieces after Tom Herman bolted for Texas. Interim coach Todd Orlando prepares the team for a bowl game while the administration looks for a new coach.
– CHICAGO – Florida Panthers players discuss Monday's firing of Gerard Gallant, a coach of the year finalist last season who lasted only 22 games this season.
– FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas defense is having trouble getting to the quarterback, creating turnovers and getting stops late in games. But the Cowboys are quick to remind: They're still winning.
– PHILADELPHIA – For a team that entered the season in rebuilding mode, a 5-6 record amounts to progress. But a 3-0 start raised expectations, and the Eagles have disappointed the past two months.
– NEW YORK – Bruce Arena, in his second stint as U.S. national coach, says the Americans are ''behind the eight-ball'' after losing the first two games in the final round of World Cup qualifying.
– LONDON – Barry Bennell, the coach at the center of a sex-abuse scandal in English soccer, is charged with eight offenses against a boy.
– SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs (14-3) go for their 10th straight victory when they play the Orlando Magic, who have dropped four straight. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– Two notable men's college basketball games Tuesday night: No. 22 Syracuse at No. 17 Wisconsin (7:30 p.m.) and Michigan State at No. 5 Duke (9:30 p.m.).
– HARTFORD, Conn. – No. 2 UConn, winners of 79 straight, hosts Chattanooga in the Huskies' final tuneup before facing a string of ranked teams in December. Game starts 7 p.m.