Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Richard Sherman’s leaping deflection of a pass headed for Michael Crabtree in the corner of the end zone was the defining moment to seal last January’s NFC championship game that sent the Seattle Seahawks on their way to a Super Bowl win. It’s still plenty fresh as the NFC West rivals meet again Thursday night for the first of two games in three weeks.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo still talks about wishing he had been on the field instead of laid up at home after back surgery when the Cowboys lost a playoffs-or-bust finale to Philadelphia last December. The Dallas quarterback will be out there against Mark Sanchez with the NFC East lead on the line on Thanksgiving.
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– DETROIT – The Lions start a crucial three-game homestand with their annual Thanksgiving showcase against the Bears, who have won two straight.
– ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins plan to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person familiar with the decision, the latest development in a stunning slide for the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
– College football teams have been running wild this season, averaging more yards per carry and per game than at any time in recent years. Having game-breakers such as Melvin Gordon, Samaje Perine and Tevin Coleman carrying the ball has helped lead this ground game revolution, but something more is happening.
– AUSTIN, Texas – Joining the Big 12 was supposed to mean that TCU wouldn’t have to plead for respect anymore. Only here the Frogs are, once again defending their record and needing to beat Texas on Thanksgiving night to have any chance of pushing their way in to the College Football Playoff.
– LAHAINA, Hawaii – The Maui Invitational gets a marquee matchup in its championship game, with No. 15 San Diego State facing No. 3 Arizona. Game starts 10 p.m.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The top two picks in the draft meet for the first time in the regular season when Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks visit Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Game starts 8 p.m.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Organizers of the 2016 Olympics say they will offset the games’ carbon footprint through tree planting and initiatives by sponsor Dow Chemicals to make industry and agriculture projects throughout Brazil more energy efficient. But some experts have questioned the scheme, saying it amounts to little more than fanciful accounting and hot air.