BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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NEW YORK – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for his 1,000th career win when the No. 5 Blue Devils play St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. Krzyzewski is trying to become the first Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.


PHOENIX – The defending champion Seattle Seahawks are set to arrive, awaiting the first news conference of Super Bowl week and all manner of questions concerning the New England Patriots and inflated footballs. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Availability 5 p.m.


MELBOURNE, Australia – Andy Murray fends off racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals. He is joined there by Nick Kyrgios, who rallies past Andreas Seppi and becomes the first Aussie in the quarters since 2005. By John Pye. SENT: 700 words, photos. Play resumes 7 p.m.



COLUMBUS, Ohio – No Sidney Crosby, no Evgeni Malkin, not even hometown favorite Sergei Bobrovsky. Yet just about every other major star is on hand for the NHL All-Star Game. By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.

– With:

– HKN–All-Star Game-MVP. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING after game: 500 words, photos.


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Teams drafted by Hall of Famers Chris Carter and Michael Irvin and led by quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Tony Romo, among others, meet in the Pro Bowl. The game is played a week before the Super Bowl and on the same field. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


ATLANTA – The Hawks, leading the Eastern Conference, go for their 16th consecutive victory when they play a Minnesota Timberwolves team that has lost 19 of 21 and is last in the West. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Lindsey Vonn masters a tricky super-G course for a record-extending 64th World Cup victory. She now heads home for the worlds in Colorado having won three of four races in eight days. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 700 words, photos.


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jason Brown seeks his first national title, taking a lead into the long program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Joshua Farris is second and four-time champ Jeremy Abbott third. By Rachel Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Competition started 2 p.m.


LA QUINTA, Calif. – Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam share the lead entering the final round of the Humana Challenge. By John Nicholson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Scott Dixon, three-time IndyCar champion, leads Chip Ganassi Racing and its ”star car” to a record sixth victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the twice-round-the-clock endurance race. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner is returning to the Super Bowl, sort of. Last year, he was with the Seahawks but missed the game because of suspension. He’ll face his former team for the title in a week. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


RENTON, Wash. – The hottest coaching interview during the playoffs was Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, thanks to his work in making the Seahawks the most feared defense in years. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.


GLENDALE, Ariz. – The behemoth that is the Super Bowl is a global spectacle watched by hundreds of millions. But what makes it such a big deal? By John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos.



MELBOURNE, Australia – In a sport better known for rivalries, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have become fast friends. The camaraderie raises the question on what it’s like among the top women’s players. Is everyone friends? By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 850 words, photos.

– With:

– TEN–AUSTRALIAN OPEN-KYRGIOS’ SHOW – By Justin Bergman. SENT: 550 words, photos.

– TEN–AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WHAT TO WATCH – By Dennis Passa. SENT: 700 words, photos.

– TEN–AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE – SENT: 450 words, photos.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 12 North Carolina hosts No. 15 Duke in the latest renewal of this fierce rivalry in ACC women’s basketball. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.

– Also:

– BKW–E MICHIGAN-PLAYER KILLED – Eastern Michigan women’s basketball player killed in car accident. SENT: 150 words.



Safe to say, the newest competition at the Winter X Games will not be at the Olympics anytime soon. These are the Gamers. Yes, being good on the Xbox can now earn a Winter X gold medal. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 750 words.

– SKI–WCUP-MEN’S SLALOM – Sweden’s Mattias Hargin rallies to first World Cup victory, winning a slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 500 words, photos.

– SKI–FREESTYLE WORLDS – Slovenia’s Filip Flisar, Austria’s Andrea Limbacher win world ski cross title in Austria. SENT: 140 words.

– XXC–CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUP – Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin, Yulia Tchekaleva win World Cup cross-country skiathlons at home. SENT: 250 words.

– LUG–LUGE WORLD CUP – Natalie Geisenberger leads German sweep at home at luge World Cup. SENT; 250 words.

– BOB–WORLD CUP – Oskars Melbardis pilots Latvia to victory in four-man bobsled for second World Cup win of weekend St. Mortiz, Switzerland. SENT; 130 words.

– BIA–BIATHLON WORLD CUP – Norway wins second straight men’s biathlon World Cup relay in Italy. SENT: 150 words.

– JUM–WORLD CUP – Czech ski jumper Roman Koudelka wins in Japan for fourth World Cup victory of season. SENT: 140 words.

– JUM–WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz wins second straight women’s World Cup ski jump in Germany. SENT: 130 words.



FALL RIVER, Mass. – Aaron Hernandez was once was a star for the New England Patriots, living in a masion and signed to a $40 million contract. This week, prosecutors will paint a different picture. He will be portrayed as a killer who orchestrated the shooting of a semipro football player. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 750 words, photos.


– SOC–EURO RDP – Premier League clubs West Ham and Aston Villa win in fourth round to stem flow of FA Cup upsets. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

– SOC–AFRICAN CUP ROUNDUP – Final round of group games begins at African Cup of Nations. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 6 p.m.

– SOC–FIFA-GINOLA – Bookmaker-funded bid by David Ginola bid to unseat Sepp Blatter could breach FIFA rules. By Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words.


– GLF–CHAMPIONS TOUR – Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rocco Mediate in front entering final round of Champions Tour’s season opener in Hawaii. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 p.m.

– CAR–MONTE CARLO RALLY -Defending champion Sebastiken Ogier of France wins season-opening Monte Carlo rally. SENT: 300 words.

– SAI–VOLVO OCEAN RACE – China’s lead narrows in Volvo Ocean Race as pack closes in. SENT: 350 words.

– ATH–OSAKA WOMEN’S MARATHON – Tatyana Gamera-Shmyrko of Ukraine wins third consecutive Osaka Women’s Marathon. SENT: 100 words.





Sunday’s Time Schedule (EST)


All-Star game at Columbus, Ohio, 5 p.m.


Pro Bowl at Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m.


Miami at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m.

Indiana at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Minnesota at Atlanta, 6 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 6 p.m.

Dallas at New Orleans, 6 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Washington at Denver, 8 p.m.

Boston at Golden State, 8 p.m.

Houston at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 2 Virginia at Virginia Tech, 1 p.m.

No. 4 Villanova vs. Creighton, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Duke at St. John’s (Madison Square Garden), 2 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame at N.C. State, 6:30 p.m.

No. 10 Louisville at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.

No. 12 Utah vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

No. 13 Maryland vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.

No. 14 Wichita State vs. Drake, 1 p.m.

No. 20 Northern Iowa at Illinois State, 4 p.m.

No. 23 Indiana at Ohio State, 1:30 p.m.

No. 24 Seton Hall at Butler, 3 p.m.


No. 2 Connecticut at Cincinnati, 3 p.m.

No. 4 Louisville vs. Miami, 5 p.m.

No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 22 Georgia, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Maryland at Indiana, 3 p.m.

No. 8 Texas vs. Iowa State, 4:30 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon State at No. 13 Arizona State, 4 p.m.

No. 11 Stanford at Southern Cal, 8 p.m.

No. 12 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Duke, 5 p.m.

No. 14 Kentucky at Missouri, 4 p.m.

No. 17 Florida State vs. Wake Forest, 2 p.m.

No. 21 Minnesota at No. 25 Rutgers, 5:15 p.m.

No. 23 Syracuse vs. N.C. State, 3 p.m.