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. A separate Olympic digest has moved. All times EST.
– SOCHI, Russia – Four years after Sidney Crosby’s golden goal ended the Vancouver Olympics, Canada faces the U.S. in the semifinals in a rematch of their hockey rivalry. Both teams are unbeaten in Sochi, with the Americans’ powerful offense meeting the Canadians’ tight defense.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More than 36 hours after they started playing, Division II CIAA foes Winston-Salem State and Johnson C. Smith will complete a game that started on Wednesday night but was postponed when a player hit a light fixture with a ball with 0.3 seconds left and the score tied. The two teams will play a 5-minute OT period in Charlotte.
– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Walk around the NASCAR garage and it’s clear, the most popular personality may not be Danica Patrick or Dale Earnhardt Jr., but The King himself, Richard Petty. Petty’s presence still looms large at the track and his words still carry weight in the sport. When The King talks, people listen and he won’t change for anyone.
– MARANA, Ariz. – Sergio Garcia, the top seed remaining in the Match Play Championship, takes on Rickie Fowler in the third round. Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell face each other for the first time since the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales.
– TAMPA, Fla. – The average raise for a player in salary arbitration was 117 percent this year, according to a study by The Associated Press, led by steep hikes for Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Giancarlo Stanton and Michael Brantley. The 146 players who filed for arbitration averaged $3,859,912 under their new contracts, up from $1,778,081 under their previous deals
-INDIANAPOLIS- Johnny Manziel is a brash, fast-talking quarterback who knows how to have fun. He mingles with the stars. He craves attention. He loves the game. So this week at the NFL scouting combine, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner isn’t downplaying a thing as he tries to show scouts he can be the league’s next big star.
– PHOENIX – John Force has three grandchildren and will hit retirement age in three months. In a Funny Car, he’s still the fastest man alive, blowing past drivers a third of his age at 320 mph.
– DALLAS -Lance Armstrong’s attorneys are back in court to try to stop a Dallas-based company from trying to recoup millions in bonuses it paid him for races he won while using performance-enhancing drugs.