BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– SEATTLE – The Packers and Seahawks were the two best teams in the conference in the second half of the regular season. So it’s only fitting the Packers and Seahawks meet Sunday for the NFC championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In each of his three seasons, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have gotten one game closer to the Super Bowl. Now Luck can reach that destination if he beats Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday night.
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fourth-ranked Duke will try to end a two-game losing streak at No. 6 Louisville, which aims for a signature ACC win in a game pitting Rick Pitino against fellow Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils coach remains stuck on 997 wins.
-NORMAN, Okla. – Bedlam always been an intense rivalry, but rarely in recent years have both teams been ranked. This time, they are. More than bragging rights will be on the line as No. 18 Oklahoma hosts No. 24 Oklahoma State
– HONOLULU – Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and 21-year-old Justin Thomas were tied for the lead going into the third round of the Sony Open
– More than four years after Alex Meyer’s teammate and good friend Fran Crippen died during an open water swimming race in the United Arab Emirates, the sport is going back to the desert country where the tragedy occurred. For Meyer, that is simply inexcusable.