BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– BOSTON – Tom Brady and the Patriots take their victory lap with a parade through the city, celebrating their fifth Super Bowl title on a chilly, snowy day before tens of thousands of fans.
– FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons gather one last time this season, remembering all their success and still trying to figure out how a 25-point lead slipped away in the Super Bowl.
– The Patriots are playing from behind again. Coach Bill Belichick now turns his attention to next season, noting New England is five weeks behind other teams in planning for 2017.
– BOSTON – The Bruins fire Stanley Cup-winning coach Claude Julien, with the team in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season. Assistant Bruce Cassidy becomes the interim coach.
– PITTSBURGH – On the verge of 1,000 career points, Sidney Crosby does not take the milestone for granted. The Penguins star remembers those long days when he was recovering from a concussion.
– CINCINNATI – The top-ranked UConn (22-0) women go for their 98th straight victory when they face a Cincinnati team coached by former Huskies star Jamelle Ellioitt. Game starts 7 p.m.
– MORAGA, Calif. – Randy Bennett arrived at Saint Mary’s 16 years ago and has built the No. 20 Gaels into a consistent winner. Saint Mary’s plays on a big stage Saturday when its hosts No. 1 Gonzaga.
– TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two of the top freshmen in the ACC meet Wednesday night when Florida State’s Johnathan Isaac faces N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr.
– ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – In a surprising start to skiing’s world championships, Lindsey Vonn fails to finish the super-G and Nicole Schmidhofer wins a race for the first time.
– MOSCOW – Russia’s government acknowledges some top of its track and field coaches gave banned substances to athletes. The IAAF says Russian track probably will not be reinstated until at least November.