BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– SALT LAKE CITY – The Golden State Warriors take an 18-0 record into their game with the Utah Jazz, looking to extend the best start in NBA history. Game starts 9 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – With Johnny Manziel benched for bad behavior, Browns quarterback Josh McCown gets another crack at the injury-riddled Ravens. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots lost their chance at a perfect season. It now it looks they'll have to go the rest of the way without another key player – tight end Rob Gronkowski.
– HOUSTON – The Texans have won four straight to improve to 6-5 and keep pace with Indianapolis for first place place in the AFC South. The key has been a much-improved defense powered by J.J. Watt.
– LOS ANGELES – Southern California hired Clay Helton as its permanent football coach, removing the interim tag after he guided the team to a division title since taking over for Steve Sarkisian.
– ATHENS, Ga. – Mark Richt, who will not return as Georgia's football coach next season, has his eye on another coaching job and will listen ''to anybody who has interest in me.''
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 2 Alabama's offense has changed but the priority remains the same: Get the ball to the Crimson Tide's best player. Last year, that was Amari Cooper. Now, clearly, it's Derrick Henry.
– NORMAN, Okla. – Sterling Shepard has had one of the best seasons ever for an Oklahoma receiver. It helps to have a quarterback like Heisman trophy hopeful Baker Mayfield.
– In a league featuring national champion Ohio State, the Big Ten title will be settled by Michigan State and Iowa – teams that can be overlooked no longer.
– The AP releases its latest Top 25 polls in men's and women's college basketball. Men at 1:30 p.m., women at 2 p.m.
– CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The No. 1 Connecticut women go for their 41st consecutive victory when they play at Chattanooga, which has won 57 of its last 58 home games.
– BOLTON, England – Tyson Fury accuses Wladimir Klitschko's camp of being ''cheats.'' He says he refused to drink water after beating the Ukrainian in their heavyweight title fight for fear of being drugged.
– LONDON – The rejection of Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics in a referendum sends another clear signal: The IOC has a lot of work to do to convince cities that hosting the games is a boon not a burden.
– BOSTON – Daily fantasy sports companies are taking different approaches when it comes to deciding what states they'll operate in as their industry faces increased scrutiny.
– LONDON – Three senior Kenyan track and field federation officials are suspended by the IAAF. They are accused of subverting the country's anti-doping system and siphoning money from Nike.