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:

– DENVER – The Broncos break the mold with the hiring of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. All other coaching openings have gone to those with defensive roots.

– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In a season filled with blowout wins, the Patriots save their biggest for the AFC championship game, a 38-point rout of the Colts. Next up, the Seahawks and their powerful defense.

– RENTON, Wash. – Jermaine Kearse was having an NFC championship game to forget until the final play. That’s when the Seahawks receiver added another memorable postseason touchdown to his resume.

– MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic, fighting off a cold, and Serena Williams, fighting off her usual jitters to start a Grand Slam, sail to easy victories at the Australian Open.

– Boxing champion Jermain Taylor is accused by an Arkansas woman of threatening to shoot her three children at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Little Rock police say Taylor was arrested.

– LA QUINTA, Calif. – Australian golfer Robert Allenby withdraws from the Humana Challenge while he recovers from a beating and robbery last week in Honolulu.

– MOSCOW – Russia bans five Russian race-walkers, including three Olympic gold medalists, for doping. The bans do not affect Olympic medals.

– TEL AVIV, Israel – Israeli basketball fans are smitten by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The reason has little to do with LeBron James and everything to do with David Blatt, the rookie coach who made his name in Israel.

– Only two games are on the NBA schedule Tuesday night: Oklahoma City at Miami (7:30 p.m.) and San Antonio at Denver (9 p.m.).

– MADISON, Wis. – In the only men’s college basketball game involving two ranked teams, No. 6 Wisconsin plays No. 25 Iowa. Game starts 9 p.m.

– MOBILE, Ala. – More than 100 prospects are spending the week under the NFL miscroscope on and off the field. The Senior Bowl is an invitation-only job fair.