BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.
– JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Seahawks and Broncos start getting familiar with their new digs. Seattle practices at the Giants’ facility, Denver at the Jets’ site.
– LAS VEGAS – Sports bookmakers attribute the rise in Super Bowl betting to the increase in televised games and never-ending sports commentary. Expect more of the same this week.
– SEATTLE – The jokes are already coming about a Stoner Bowl featuring the THC-Hawks. Yes, the Seahawks and Broncos will play for the NFL title, representing the only states to have legalized marijuana.
– CHICAGO – Research involving athletes and the devastating brain disease CTE is expected to be published this year, and is certain to draw notice as the Super Bowl nears.
– The Sochi Games start in less than two weeks. The prestige of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his country’s reputation are at stake. No other recent Olympics has been so closely associated with one man.
– SOCHI, Russia – An interactive website launched by an anti-corruption activist points to suspected cost overruns and conflicts of interest at the Winter Olympics.
– One gold medal, one silver. That was it for U.S. figure skating from the last Winter Olympics. Sounds about right for Sochi, too, but only because of the addition of the team event.
– The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men’s and women’s college basketball.
– NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma plays Oklahoma State in college basketball, the first game between these rivals since 2005 in which both schools are ranked. Game starts 9 p.m.
– TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona made it through the first 20 games without a loss, setting a school record in the process. The way the Wildcats are playing the streak could go on a lot longer.
– SAO PAULO – Brazilians are confident their team will enjoy a run to the World Cup final, if not outright victory. But what if the host nation is booted out early? Are Brazilians good losers?
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Looking toward the Asian market, the WTA is moving its season-ending championships from Istanbul to Singapore.