BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
-ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season in a wild-card game against Detroit and Matthew Stafford, who lost in his only postseason appearance three years ago.
-INDIANAPOLIS — Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton chases his first career playoff win and help Cincinnati end nearly a quarter-century of playoff misery Sunday in Indianapolis. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, meanwhile, tries to help Indy take another big postseason step.
-Stuart Scott, the longtime ”SportsCenter” anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49. Scott had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, the network said, but remained dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
-CHARLOTTE, N.C. – While Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was happy to get his first postseason win, he wasn’t exactly pleased with the team’s turnovers that led to 14 points. The Panthers managed to escape with a 27-16 win behind a dominating defensive effort, but Newton said the Panthers can’t afford to make those same mistakes in the divisional playoffs.
– The Baltimore Ravens had just knocked off the favored Pittsburgh Steelers, and John Harbaugh laughingly mentioned that Terrell Suggs was tossed the game ball – and dropped it. No matter. Suggs and the Ravens came up big when it counted.
-Arkansas State will be trying to win its third straight GoDaddy Bowl when it hosts Toledo on Sunday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
-England’s top teams begin their campaigns in the FA Cup, with defending champion Arsenal hosting Hull in a repeat of last season’s final and Manchester United looking to avoid a major upset when it travels to third-tier Yeovil. Chelsea and Manchester City, the top two in the Premier League, are also in action.