BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– PHOENIX – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gives his annual news conference amid questions about domestic abuse, concussions and deflated footballs. News conference starts 1:30 p.m.
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic reaches his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set victory over defending champion Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic will play Andy Murray for the title.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tiger Woods is nine shots behind leader Ryan Palmer and in danger of missing the cut in his 2015 debut at the Phoenix Open.
– PHOENIX – It’s never been harder than in this salary-cap, free-agency era of parity for an NFL team to win two straight Super Bowls, something the Seahawks can achieve Sunday by beating the Patriots.
– PHOENIX – Junior Seau, Kurt Warner and Orlando Pace, all in their first year of eligibility, are among the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015. The vote is announced Saturday.
– ATLANTA – The Hawks, leading the Eastern Conference, try to extend their team-record 17-game winning streak when they face the Portland Trail Blazers, who are third in the West. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– A year after winning its first ACC title in nearly four decades, No. 2 Virginia is one of the nation’s last two unbeaten teams and has the chance to accomplish even more.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bill Elliott and Wendell Scott, the first black winner in NASCAR, are among the five inductees to the sport’s Hall of Fame. Ceremony starts 8 p.m.
– NAIROBI, Kenya – Rita Jeptoo, who has won the Boston Marathon three times and the Chicago Marathon twice, is banned for two years for doping by Kenyan track authorities.
– CHICAGO – A public visitation is held for Ernie Banks, the Cubs Hall of Famer who died after a heart attack last week. A memorial service Saturday comes on what would have been his 84th birthday.
– BERKELEY, Calif. – Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, the Olympic champion swimmer who was paralyzed in an all-terrain vehicle accident last June, is to work as a broadcaster Friday at a Pac-12 swim meet.