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:
– GREEN BAY, Wis. – Eliminated from the playoffs the past two seasons by teams with mobile quarterbacks, the Packers may be in better shape going into Seattle to face Russell Wilson.
– RENTON, Wash. – Strong safeties are rarely as athletic or versatile as the Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor. This, after all, is someone who vaults over offensive linemen on field-goal attempts.
– INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are underdogs for Sunday’s AFC championship game – just the way they like it. This is a team that is feeling loose.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brothers Chandler Jones of the Patriots and Arthur Jones of the Colts will be on opposing defenses in the AFC title game.
– MELBOURNE, Australia – After a year that produced eight Grand Slam singles champions, the Australian Open has brought much talk about new guard vs. old guard in men’s and women’s tennis.
– CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Lindsey Vonn, bidding to match the career record for World Cup victories, finishes 10th in a downhill won by Italy’s Elena Fanchini in thick fog and falling snow.
– HONOLULU – Webb Simpson and Paul Casey are tied for the lead entering the second round of the Sony Open, the year’s first full-field tournament on the PGA Tour.
– TORONTO – The Hawks, winners of 10 straight and tops in the Eastern Conference, play the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Predators, who share the NHL points lead, will be without their star goalie when they face a Washington Capitals team coached by former Nashville coach Barry Trotz. Game starts 8 p.m.
– ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders introduce Jack Del Rio as their coach. Since 2003, the Raiders have the NFL’s worst record and have failed to produce a single winning season or playoff berth.
– IRVING, Texas – Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it will be a ”challenge” to sign both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray.
– Mike Krzyzewski is three wins shy of his 1,000th career victory. But with No. 4 Duke slumping, he’s concerned about more immediate things – No. 6 Louisville coming up.