BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– HOUSTON – There’s no hiding it. The New England Patriots have one clear edge over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s Super Bowl: experience.
– HOUSTON – Quarterback Kurt Warner, running back LaDainian Tomlinson and former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue are among those on the Hall of Fame ballot. Announcement about 9 p.m.
– HOUSTON – The NFL’s AP awards are handed out, including MVP, coach of the year, offensive and defensive player of the year. Show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
– HOUSTON – The Falcons’ Ben Garland is watching his iPad and writing down plays in his notebook. Extra study time is required when you could be playing both ways in the Super Bowl.
– DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski returns to coach No. 21 Duke after a four-week absence because of back surgery. The Blue Devils, eyeing a third straight victory, play Pittsburgh. Game starts 1 p.m.
– Three other notable men’s games: No. 5 Arizona at No. 13 Oregon (4 p.m.); No. 8 Kentucky at No. 24 Florida (8:15 p.m.); and No. 23 Purdue at No. 17 Maryland (noon).
– MIAMI – The Miami Heat go for their 10th consecutive victory when they play a Philadelphia 76ers team that has lost four of five. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Brendan Steele and Byeong Hun An are in front by one stroke entering the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
– DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Sergio Garcia makes a birdie putt from 6 feet in darkness, completing a 4-under 68 for a three-shot lead after three rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic.
– LIBREVILLE, Gabon – On the eve of African soccer’s biggest game – the African Cup of Nations final – the AP looks at a report that outlines bleak working conditions for many African players.
– LONDON – Chelsea coasts to a 3-1 victory over Arsenal to widen its English Premier League lead to 12 points. Arsenal was without suspended manager Arsene Wenger.
– Retirement keeps getting closer. Erin Hamlin keeps getting better. The 30-year-old U.S. luge veteran is expected to quit after next year’s Olympics. But for now she just might be having her best season.
– ARCADIA, Calif. – Sheer Flattery leads a field of five 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. The winner earns 17 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. Post time 4 p.m.