BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– RENTON, Wash. – Green Bay’s Clay Matthews is one of the NFL’s most visible linebackers. Seattle’s Bobby Wagner has a far lower profile – except when leading one of the NFL’s most feared defenses.
– Patriots coach Bill Belichick came up with a new trick against the Ravens – using four offensive linemen and an ineligible skill player split wide. But make no mistake, this isn’t Spy Gate.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Adam Vintaieri left the Patriots with three Super Bowl rings. The kicker returns to his old stomping grounds for perhaps his final game at New England.
– ALEXANDRIA, Va. – NCAA President Mark Emmert gives his state of the organization address – his first since the five wealthiest conferences gained greater power. Speech ends about 6 p.m.
– PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. – With baseball owners ending their meetings, Bud Selig reflects in the waning days of his time as commissioner.
– SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers introduce coach Jim Tomsula, who was promoted from defensive line coach.
– ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Raiders are expected to announce the hiring of Jack Del Rio as coach. The former Jaguars head coach spent the past three as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator.
– CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Lindsey Vonn this weekend tries to match and possibly break Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record for World Cup victories.
– HONOLULU – Jimmy Walker is the defending champion when play starts at the Sony Open, the first full-field event this year on the PGA Tour.
– LONDON – The New York Knicks carry a 15-game losing streak across the Atlantic when they play the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA’s regular-season showcase in London. Game starts 3 p.m.
– LONDON – The IOC is bracing for a possible ”overwhelming wave” of interest for the 2024 Summer Games. So far, Rome and Boston are the only declared candidates, with a German bid to come.
– Connecticut’s championship men’s basketball team has a perfect academic progress rate for the second consecutive year – a sharp turnaround for a team banned from postseason play two seasons ago.
– CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 7 Notre Dame women visit No. 12 North Carolina in a key Atlantic Coast Conference women’s game. Game starts 7 p.m.
– SYDNEY – Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro loses to Kazakhstan qualifier in the quarterfinals of the Sydney International.
– YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – After 19 grueling days scaling El Capitan’s vertical wall by their bloodied fingertips, rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson at last grasp success.