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. EDT:
– NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will make his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of players involved in domestic violence. News conference at 3 p.m.
– Women have been among the most vocal NFL detractors as the league deals with domestic abuse. Yet many female fans, even those angered by the league’s conduct, keep watching the games.
– EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Mike Zimmer waited a long time to be an NFL head coach. Two weeks into his first season with the Vikings, he has quickly discovered the job is about so much more than coaching.
– Representatives of Major League Baseball and the players’ union are opening talks about establishing new policies and punishments for domestic violence.
– When the four West Coast NFL teams travel east, the outlooks is not promising: They are a combined 43-83 in the Eastern time zone the last decade.
– TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State hosts No. 22 Clemson in the marquee Saturday night game. The winner has advanced to the ACC championship the last five seasons.
– COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Kenny Hill, undaunted as Johnny Manziel’s successor, has No. 6 Texas A&M off to a perfect start. Hill also has a nickname all his own.
– BEIJING – Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights. But the physical stress became too much, forcing her to retire at 32.
– EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – After a summer of Stanley Cup celebrations across the globe, the Los Angeles Kings gather for training camp to prepare for their run at a third NHL title in four seasons.
– PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Top-ranked Stacy Lewis and Mi Jung Hur shared the lead going into the second round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
– INCHEON, South Korea – North Korea is making a statement on the international sports stage – a fashion statement. They are standing tall in the land of K-pop and Gangnam style at the Asian Games.