BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal’s mastery of Roger Federer carries him into the Australian Open final. The Spaniard wins 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 and next faces Stan Wawrinka. Nadal is bidding to become the first man to win all four majors at least twice in the Open era. By John Pye. SENT: 750 words, photos.

– With:

– TEN–Australian Open-Li’s Return. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 550 words, photos.

– TEN–Australian Open-Sampras. By Justin Bergman. SENT: 450 words, photos.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning is the only player in the Super Bowl who has won the big game, and he’s giving his teammates advice on how to deal with the challenges next week. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.


RENTON, Wash. – He’s been the quiet mastermind of all the roster changes that have paid off with the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. General manager John Schneider doesn’t like the attention, but deserves the recognition for what’s been created in Seattle. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.


NEW YORK – When fans fill Manhattan’s streets next week, police will be watching. They have installed about 200 cameras to help spot trouble along ”Super Bowl Boulevard,” a 13-block street fair on Broadway. The vast security effort extends to both sides of the Hudson River. By Tom Hays. SENT: 850 words, photos.



Get ready for a Super Bowl week filled with the inevitable Peyton Manning-Richard Sherman comparisons: good vs. evil, humble vs. loudmouthed. While we all love an enticing matchup, there’s no need for it to get so personal. Manning and Sherman are both worth celebrating. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.



SAN DIEGO – Stewart Cink has a one-shot lead entering the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Defending champion Tiger Woods is eight shots behind but playing the easier North Course at Torrey Pines. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.


DALLAS – Jurors sentence former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent could have gotten up to 20 years in prison. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 650 words, photos.



South Korea’s Yuna Kim and U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White should be the big headliners at the Winter Olympics. Otherwise, there’s likely not much on the Russian ice for their countries. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

– With:

– NEW YORK – OLY–FIG-Lysacek’s Role. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.

– OLY–FIG-Figure Skating Glossary. SENT: 800 words.


CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – When Stacey Cook completed her downhill, she raised both arms and flashed her pink mouth guard in a wide smile. The fastest racer to that point, Cook ended up fifth to match Lindsey Vonn for the best result by the U.S. women’s speed team this season. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 500 words, photos.,

– With:

– SKI–WCup-Women’s Downhill. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photos.


ASPEN, Colo. – The story doesn’t have to end with a win. Oh, it would be great if it did. ”My story could be, `Third time’s a charm, who knows?” Lindsey Jacobellis says. But she knows life will go on no matter what happens Feb. 16 in the mountains above Sochi. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– With:

– OLY–SBD-Winter X Games-Anderson. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


Patrick Kane’s maturation is part of the reason why the Chicago Blackhawks won two of the last four Stanley Cups. It’s also why the Americans now stand a better chance to win an Olympic gold medal in hockey – something they haven’t done since the ”Miracle on Ice” in 1980. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

– Also:

– LOS ANGELES – OLY–Comcast-NBC-Olympics Online. Comcast to bring online Olympics coverage to big-screen TV. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 700 words.

– KITZBUEHEL, Austria – SKI–WCup-Men’s Slalom. Felix Neureuther of Germany wins slalom in heavy snow. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 650 words, photos.

– KONIGSSEE, Germany – SKE–Skeleton World Cup. Noelle Pikus-Pace of U.S. wins final World Cup skeleton race of her career. SENT: 250 words, photos.

– BRUSSELS – OLY–SPD-Dominating Dutch. Dutch have it all to dominate Olympic oval. By Raf Casert. SENT: 800 words, photos.

– TAIPEI, Taiwan – FIG–Four Continents. Takahito Mura, Takahiko Kozuka give Japan 1-2 in Four Continents figure skating. SENT: 300 words, photos.

– CAPE TOWN, South Africa – OLY–South Africa-Skier Withdrawn. South Africa withdraws sole qualifier for Sochi Games, saying slalom skier isn’t good enough. SENT: 120 words.



LAWRENCE, Kan. – Luc Mbah a Moute has known Joel Embiid’s family for years, but he was so busy with his own NBA career. But once he saw the 7-footer at his camp in Cameroon, Mbah a Moute knew he could be a lottery pick. All it would take is a chance, one the Timberwolves forward was ready to provide. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren has thrived all season despite facing defenses geared to stop him. The sophomore is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring by a big margin and is the top scorer among all power-conference teams heading into Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.


NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 after losing its top three scorers from last season, yet Lon Kruger’s Sooners enter Saturday’s game at Texas Tech tied for second place in league play. Kruger has made a career of lifting programs to the next level. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The chance to ride with his sons in the country’s most prestigious sports car race prompted Wayne Taylor to come out of retirement for one event. The lineup of Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, their father and Max Angelelli just might be strong enough to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

– With:

– CAR–IMSA-Daytona-Delta Wing. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

– CAR–Motorsports Hall of Fame. SENT: 100 words.


Chad Reed heard the whispers that he was washed up. When his winless streak kept growing, he began to wonder if maybe he was close to the end. Last week’s win at Anaheim changed everything for the 31-year-old Aussie. By John Marshall. SENT: 650 words, photos.

– Formula One:

– WOKING, England – CAR–F1-McLaren-New Car. SENT: 400 words, photos.

– ENSTONE, England – CAR–F1-Lotus-Team Principal. SENT: 250 words.

– MARANELLO, Italy – CAR–F1-Ferrari-Car Name. SENT: 120 words.



MINNEAPOLIS – Plenty of people expected 2013 to be Ron Gardenhire’s last in Minnesota. Truth be told, Gardenhire might have been one of them. But the Twins brought back their longtime manager for two more years, and he’s ready to set things right after three straight miserable seasons. By Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

– Also:

– CHICAGO – BBA–White Sox-Ventura. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 250 words.

– SEATTLE – BBA–Mariners-President. SENT: 350 words.

– TAMPA, Fla. – BBA–Yankees-Jeter. SENT: 300 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES – Hollywood has frozen over. The Los Angeles Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Saturday in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game. But first, the rivals will skate on the new ice for the first time. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.


PORTLAND – Sure, LaMarcus Aldridge was bummed he wasn’t named an All-Star starter. But he wasn’t nearly upset as his teammates, or others. ”My mom was pretty heated about it,” he says. ”I think I definitely should have been a starter, but it’s over now.” By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CLEVELAND – Now that they’ve got their coach, the Browns need to move quickly. Mike Pettine must assemble a staff, the club has contract decisions to make on two Pro Bowlers and the team must resolve the distubrinig situation with wide receiver Davone Bess. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


MOBILE, Ala. – Derek Carr isn’t in nearly the same situation as his older brother was going into the Senior Bowl. David Carr became the No. 1 overall draft pick by the expansion Houston Texans after playing in the 2002 game. Derek Carr on Saturday is looking to enhance his chances of being a first-round pick. By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.


ST. CLOUD, Fla. – Darryl Strawberry and his wife are set to open their second substance abuse and treatment center. It features a program aimed at helping athletes address post-playing issues. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Event starts 3:30 p.m.


NEW YORK – Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series championship pocket watch, for decades thought to be lost to history, is coming to a New York City auction, where it’s expected to fetch at least $750,000 next month. By Ula Ilnytzky. SENT: 450 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS – Thirty mushers and 420 hit the trail Sunday in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, a 374-mile race up the North Shore of Lake Superior to Gunflint Lake and back. The race once rivaled Alaska’s Iditarod for prestige and prize money. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 500 words, photos.


– PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – GLF–LPGA Tour. Lydia Ko, 16, shares lead entering second round of season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6 p.m.

– DOHA, Qatar – GLF–Qatar Masters. Rafa Cabrera-Bello, England’s Steve Webster in front after ythree rounds of Qatar Masters. SENT: 450 words, photos.


– SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose-Ballpark. San Jose appeals judge’s decision in lawsuit over Oakland Athletics’ plans to move to city. SENT: 130 words.

– MIAMI – BBO–Balentien-Arrest. Japanese home run leader Wladimir Balentien pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges. SENT: 130 words.

– ST. LOUIS – Super Bowl-Turf Dispute. Company sues Super Bowl stadium operator over unpaid tab for venue’s turf. By Jim Suhr. SENT: 450 words.


– SAN ANTONIO – BKN–Spurs-Leonard. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard out three to four weeks with broken hand. SENT: 100 words, photos.

– LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SWM–Doping-Efimova. Olympic medalist swimmer Yuliya Efimova of Russia suspended for doping. SENT: 130 words.

– SOC–Mata Transfer. Juan Mata of Chelsea is on verge of becoming the most expensive player in Manchester United’s history. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 300 words, photos.

– NYON, Switzerland – SOC–UEFA-Euro 2016. Russia, Georgia end soccer standoff before Euro 2016 draw, Sochi Olympics. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words.

– TOKYO – OLY–Tokyo 2020-Mori. Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori appointed head of organizers for 2020 Summer Olympics. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 450 words, photos.

– LONDON – BOX–Froch-Groves. IBF orders Carl Froch-George Groves rematch following disputed title bout in November bout, promoter says. SENT: 100 words.


– BKN–NBA Capsules

– HKN–NHL Capsules

– BKW–Top 25 Capsules

– GLF–Golf Capsules

Friday’s Time Schedule (EST)


L.A. Lakers at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at New York, 7:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m.

Washington at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Indiana at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Minnesota at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Washington at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Phoenix at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 4 Stanford vs. UCLA, 11 p.m.

No. 14 Arizona State at Utah, 9 p.m.

No. 19 California vs. Southern California, 9 p.m.