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.

– NEWARK, N.J. – Football’s annual circus comes to town with Super Bowl media day, where any number of inane questions will be pelted at Broncos and Seahawks players by thousands of reporters.

– NEWARK, N.J. – Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch’s silence toward the media cost him a $50,000 fine that is on hold as long as he complies with NFL policies. Now a big test comes. Will he talk?

– NEWARK, N.J. – From the moment it began in September with his record-tying, seven-touchdown day in Game 1, right until the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl, it’s been all about Peyton Manning.

– NEWARK, N.J. – Richard Sherman should be right in his element. Seattle’s outspoken cornerback will have the podium for a full hour at Super Bowl media day, and there’s no telling what he might say.

– LONDON – Olympic organizers challenge those who think they can dope their way to success in Sochi: Go ahead, try to get away with it. If you’re willing to take the risk, you’ll pay the price.

– Lindsey Vonn’s injury absence at the Olympics widens the spotlight for Alpine skiers – from U.S. teen Mikaela Shiffrin to Maria Hoefl-Riesch, from Aksel Lund Svindal to Ted Ligety and Bode Miller.

– In bobsledding, drivers get the credit, but push athletes can make all the difference. The U.S. back-seat corps for the Olympics may be the world’s best.

– NEW YORK – Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball approves a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to the head.

– DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Tiger Woods says no one should read too much into the 79 he shot last week at Torrey Pines to miss out on the final round. Next up for him is the Dubai Desert Challenge.

– HOUSTON – The Spurs, with the second-best record in the Western Conference, play a Rockets team that has lost its last two and trails San Antonio by five games. Game starts 8 p.m.

– IOWA CITY, Iowa – No. 7 Michigan State plays No. 15 Iowa on the road without starters Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne. The Hawkeyes are the only Big Ten team without a home loss. Game starts 7 p.m.

– COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Not even a difficult road stretch has caused problems for No. 2 Notre Dame. After a close win over Maryland, the Irish remain one of two unbeaten teams left in women’s college basketball.