BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– The NFL playoffs are down to eight teams, and the eight quarterbacks still in the chase for the Super Bowl form one elite group.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots rarely lose at home. The Baltimore Ravens are an outstanding road playoff team. One of them will be eliminated in Saturday’s divisional playoff.
– SEATTLE – The defending champion Seahawks take things nice and easy, unwilling to hype the moment. And that’s their approach for Saturday night’s NFC divisional playoff game against Carolina.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Denver is among the league leaders in sacks. The Colts have struggled to keep their starting offensive line intact. Indianapolis, however, will have its line in place for Sunday’s game.
– GREEN BAY, Wis. – Pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews is on a sack surge for the Packers – just in time for the playoffs and a meeting Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys.
– DALLAS – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is one of the few coaches with whom former Oregon coach Chip Kelly would share ideas. How much do these two programs know about each other?
– DALLAS – Safety Erick Dargan was on the Oregon team that played for a national championship following the 2010 season. He marvels at how the Ducks have evolved.
– DALLAS – Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder have been selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. They highlight a class of 15 players and two coaches.
– BOSTON – Boston officials celebrate the city’s selection as the U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympics. Now they begin work on persuading the IOC to send the Summer Games to the Hub.
– KAPALUA, Hawaii – The first PGA Tour event of the year begins with a 34-man field of winners from last year at the Tournament of Champions.
– OAKLAND, Calif. – The NBA-leading Golden State Warriors go for their sixth straight victory when they face the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost seven of nine. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
– NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Teemu Selanne, coping splendidly in retirement after 21 outstanding NHL seasons, will have his jersey retired by the Anaheim Ducks this weekend.
– BRISBANE, Australia – Roger Federer disposes of an Australian wild card in 39 minutes, winning 6-0, 6-1 to reach the Brisbane International semifinals.
– This has been a big college basketball season so far for women’s mid-majors. Maybe it’s a sign these schools can make an impact come March.