BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– DALLAS – For some Ohio State players, the 42-20 victory over Oregon is just the beginning. They’ve got their eyes on more national titles.
– DALLAS – Marcus Mariota insists Oregon’s season is so much more than its final game. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback says the loss shouldn’t diminish what the Ducks accomplished.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fans set nearly 90 fires and tear down an Ohio Stadium goal post after the victory. Police make a handful of arrests and use tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds.
– Ohio State’s decisive win is big boost for a league often dismissed of late. But can the rest of the Big Ten keep up with the Buckeyes? There’s evidence it can.
– All four teams in this weekend’s NFL conference championships – Patriots, Colts, Seahawks, Packers – navigated a winding road this season.
– RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks’ draft class of 2012 was once written off. Well, that group – featuring Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin – is about to play in its second straight NFC title game.
– GREEN BAY, Wis. – When the Packers and Seahawks played earlier this season, Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw in cornerback Richard Sherman’s direction. Will that change next Sunday?
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Broncos general manager John Elway is looking for a new coach, a search that could be complicated by the uncertainty of Peyton Manning’s return next season.
– PHILADELPHIA – The Atlanta Hawks, winners of eight straight, take the best record in the Eastern Conference into their game against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. Game starts 7 p.m.
– AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – After a dreadful start to what looked like another lost season, the Detroit Pistons are at last on track. They have won seven in a row, and the city is beginning to embrace this team again.
– BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres honor newly inducted Hall of Fame goalie Dominik Hasek, retiring his No. 39 jersey before playing the Detroit Red Wings. Game starts 7 p.m.
– The Big 12 highlights the college basketball schedule, with two games involving ranked teams: No. 9 Kansas vs. No. 24 Oklahoma State (7 p.m.) and No. 16 West Virginia vs. No. 18 Oklahoma (7 p.m.).