BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– HOUSTON – Tom Brady doesn’t want to talk about ”Deflategate.” The New England quarterback would rather talk about a night he will never forget and how much this meant to his ailing mother.
– HOUSTON – After the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, the debate can now begin: Is this the NFL’s mightiest dynasty? Where does New England rank among the great franchises across all sports.
– FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – James White doesn’t start for the Patriots. He wasn’t even a full-time starter in high school, either. Yet both then and now, he’s had a knack for rising to the occasion.
– NEW YORK – TV ratings announced for a Super Bowl that featured the greatest comeback in the history of the game and the first to go to overtime.
– Now that Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are Super Bowl champs again, a look at the story lines to watch during the NFL offseason.
– The AP releases its latest Top 25 polls in men’s and women’s college basketball. Men about noon, women about 1 p.m.
– CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In the day’s only men’s game between ranked opponents, Virginia plays Louisville. Game starts 7 p.m.
– COLUMBIA, S.C. – This is unfamiliar territory for South Carolina. With a month to go in the regular season, the Gamecocks are in first place and bidding for their first SEC crown in 20 years.
– MINNEAPOLIS – Winners of 10 straight, the Miami Heat play a last-place Minnesota Timberwolves team that has dropped three in a row. Game starts 8 p.m.
– LONDON – Retired goalkeeper Jason Brown talks with the AP about his efforts to ease the stigma attached to those in soccer battling mental health issues.
– MOSCOW – Russia has increased government spending on the 2018 World Cup by $325 million, without explanation. The increase dwarfs previous attempts to cut costs.