BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– CHAPECO, Brazil – Six players, one goalie coach and a handful of support staff are all that is left of the Chapecoense soccer club after a plane crash in Colombia killed 71 people, including 19 members of the team. While those who are left struggle with tremendous loss and try to comfort families of the victims, they are also thinking about how to rebuild the team – which they say fallen members would have wanted.
– LONDON – Someday, somehow, soccer will likely return at Chapecoense. Through the grieving and after the funerals of the 19 team members who died in a plane crash, soccer will probably be played again, just as it was at Manchester United and Torino following similar tragedies.
– NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiger Woods knows all but two players in the 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge. How many really know the Woods they grew up watching? Eight players weren't even on the PGA Tour when he last won a major.
– IRVING, Texas – Negotiators for baseball players and owners work to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, a day before their current deal is set to expire.
– It's been a magical season for the Dallas Cowboys, with a franchise-record 10 straight wins since an opening loss. Yet earlier in the schedule, it was the Vikings who had the NFC's best record, 5-0. They are 6-5 now and in danger of missing the postseason as they host Dallas on Thursday night.
– The trophies could be the only prizes for the winners in several games during championship weekend. Those titles don't automatically come with playoff spots and in some cases the wrong winner could ruin things for a conference.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference's two stingiest defenses will take the field Saturday for Alabama and Florida in the league championship game. That's no coincidence.
– Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente will be on opposite sidelines in Saturday's ACC Championship game, but that was almost not the case. Fuente was a finalist in 2011 when Swinney was looking for a new offensive coordinator.
– KALAMAZOO, Mich. – P.J. Fleck's enthusiasm can become exhausting after a while, but there's no doubt that the players and fans have bought into it, and that's part of the reason Western Michigan is undefeated.
– Two notable men's college basketball games: No. 15 Purdue at No. 14 Louisville (7 p.m.) and No. 3 North Carolina at No. 13 Indiana (9 p.m.).