BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– MOSCOW – With an Olympic boycott ruled out, the acting president of Russia's track federation tells the AP he is ready to own up to some of the charges leveled in a report detailing state-sponsored doping.
– College athletes, as demonstrated by the Missouri football team, unquestionably have more power than ever. What is up for debate is whether that will lead to overdue change or throw programs into turmoil.
– EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rex Ryan returns to the Meadowlands for the first time since the Jets fired him last season. Buffalo (4-4) plays New York (5-3) in a key AFC East game. Game starts 8:25 p.m.
– IRVING, Texas – Greg Hardy, the Dallas Cowboys' polarizing defensive end, has become a target of widespread criticism. Even opposing players are joining the debate.
– CINCINNATI – The Bengals are still unbeaten, the biggest surprise in an AFC North race that has gone against form. Cincinnati has all but wrapped up the title, enjoying the feeling of lonely at the top.
– BOCA RATON, Fla. – Baseball's general managers meetings end, with teams are waiting for Friday's decisions by 20 players on whether to accept $15.8 million qualifying offers.
– MADISON, Wis. – Men's college basketball steps up the pace this season. The NCAA has shaved the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, and that could lead to greater full-court pressure.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rick Barnes is still wearing orange, but his wardrobe is just about the only thing that didn't change. The new Tennessee coach is among several familiar faces coaching in new places this season.
– MONTGOMERY, Ala. – UAB basketball coach Jerod Haase is using part of his new seven-figure contract to pay the cost of attendance stipend for both the men's and women's teams.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The NBA champion Golden State Warriors try to make it 10 straight wins to start the season when they play the Minnesota Timberwolves. Game starts 8 p.m.
– CLEMSON, S.C. – With Clemson now ranked No. 1, few now question the decision by coach Dabo Swinney to fill the role of offensive coordinator with two young, untested play-callers.
– NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield faces a big challenge Saturday when the No. 12 Sooners play at No. 4 Baylor in a prime-time showdown.
– ST. LOUIS – U.S. opens World Cup qualifying Friday when it plays 129th-ranked St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
– BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Brazil plays Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in which both South American powers are struggling. Game starts 7 p.m.
– IOWA CITY, Iowa – Top-ranked Oklahoma State will look to break the Big Ten's stranglehold on the NCAA wrestling title this season.