BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– BOSTON – Daily fantasy sports rivals DraftKings and FanDuel agree to merge after months of increasing scrutiny. The companies say they can now cut costs while battling regulators across the country to remain legal.
– HOMESTEAD, Fla. – With almost no fanfare, NASCAR's most complicated driver is retiring Sunday. Tony Stewart will then be able to finally answer only to himself.
– HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kyle Busch is trying to repeat as NASCAR's champion in the title-deciding finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Luke Kuechly was carted off the field Monday night with a possible concussion, which would be his second in two years. Coach Ron Rivera is to discuss the injury to the Panthers' star linebacker.
– FRISCO, Texas – Dez Bryant says he couldn't have played a day after his father's death without his teammates' support. This team chemistry is one reason this is becoming a special season for the Cowboys.
– Eleven years after ESPN telecast an NFL game from Mexico City, the network does so again when the Raiders play the Texans on Monday night. This time, ESPN intends to capture the full vibrancy of the city.
– In the lone college football game Friday night involving a ranked team, No. 22 Boise State is home against UNLV. (9 p.m.). Boise State is back in the discussion for a major bowl after UNLV upset Wyoming last week.
– Stories on three key games Saturday: No. 8 Oklahoma-No. 10 West Virginia; No. 12 Colorado-No. 20 Washington State; and No. 16 LSU-No. 21 Florida.
– HARRISBURG, Pa. – The judge who has presided over Jerry Sandusky's criminal case for five years is removing himself from the former Penn State assistant coach's appeal.
– LOS ANGELES – D'Angelo Russell and Los Angeles Lakers go for their seventh victory in nine games when they play Pau Gasol and the first-place San Antonio Spurs, who have won four straight. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
– Two notable men's college basketball games: No. 3 Villanova vs. Wake Forest at Charleston, S.C. (1:30 p.m.) and No. 11 Xavier vs. Clemson at Orlando, Fla. (1:30 p.m.).
– LONDON – Andy Murray qualifies for the semifinals of the ATP finals by beating Stan Wawrinka. Murray needs to do better than Novak Djokovic this weekend to finish the season at No. 1.
– ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Mackenzie Hughes is in front and one shot ahead of Stewart Cink entering the second round of the RSM Classic at Sea Island.
– NAPLES, Fla. – Shanshan Feng has the lead going into the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship, with the Chinese star trying to win her third straight event.