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:
– NEW YORK – U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati discusses the decision to fire national coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the leading contender to take over. Conference call at 2 p.m.
– There is much on the line this weekend in college football – from playoff implications to divisional titles to the Hesiman Trophy to plain ol' bragging rights.
– After almost all of the top contenders won, no dramatic shifts are expected when the latest College Football Playoff rankings are released. Announcement about 7:15 p.m.
– SEATTLE – For Washington's Chris Petersen, college football's most unassuming star coach, Seattle is the perfect place to build a powerhouse program on a foundation of well-ordered priorities.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Ohio State's offense was rattling over speed bumps a month ago, quarterback J.T. Barrett insisted everything would come together. Turned out he was right. The Buckeyes are peaking at just the right time.
– FRISCO, Texas – Unlike fellow rookie sensation Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott brought the burden of expectations as the fourth overall draft pick. The NFL rushing leader has met them, and then some.
– INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts believe they can win with a backup quarterback Thursday night. A year ago, when Andrew Luck missed nine games, Indianapolis went 6-3. But the Colts know it won't be easy getting Scott Tolzien up to speed.
– PITTSBURGH – The Steelers had eight sacks in a win over Cleveland and suspect they've unlocked their long dormant pass rush. Next up is a trip to Indianapolis on Thanksgiving.
– College basketball offers a week full of good matchups in holiday tournaments, led by the Maui Invitational (North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin) and the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas (Louisville, Baylor, Michigan State).
– STORRS, Conn. – The No. 2 UConn women look to extend their winning streak to 79 games, playing at home against Dayton. Game starts 7 p.m.
– LAS VEGAS – The NHL's newest team finally gets a name. The owner is expected to choose Desert Knights during a fan event on the Strip. But Silver Knights and Golden Knights are also possibilities for the expansion franchise.
– LOS ANGELES – Russell Westbrook is back in his hometown when the Oklahoma City Thunder face the revitalized Los Angeles Lakers. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
– GENEVA – Cristiano Ronaldo is coming home when Real Madrid plays at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. Madrid needs only to draw to reach the round of 16. Three other group leaders – Sevilla, Monaco, Leicester – can also advance.
– ZAGREB, Croatia – Led by Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina plays for the Davis Cup title this weekend against a Croatia team featuring Marin Cilic.