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:
– OXON HILL, Md. – The Washington Nationals try to close the first big trade at the baseball winter meetings, aiming to get White Sox ace Chris Sale.
– OXON HILL, Md. – Relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman pitched multiple innings in the playoffs, but don't expect managers to adopt that strategy during the season.
– NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiger Woods is back, and now he's gone again. Still to be determined is when he plays and how much.
– Profiles on two Heisman Trophy finalists: quarterbacks Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Lamar Jackson of Louisville.
– On a momentous night in the NBA, Klay Thompson of the Warriors scores a career-high 60 points in just 29 minutes and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder records his sixth straight triple-double.
– PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby doesn't want to describe his scoring binge, just enjoy it. He has a league-leading 17 goals despite missing the Penguins' first six games because of a concussion.
– Villanova already faces pressure as the NCAA basketball champion. The Wildcats now face even more after rising to No. 1 in the AP rankings. They play La Salle on Tuesday night.
– NEW YORK – No. 5 Duke plays No. 21 Florida in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, where the Blue Devils lost last month to Kansas on a shot in the finals seconds. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
– SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame women won't have to wait long to try to reclaim the No. 1 ranking they lost this week. The No. 2 Fighting Irish play No. 1 UConn at home on Wednesday.
– INDIANAPOLIS – A month ago, the Colts were desperate. Their offense was stagnant, the defense porous. Now they have won three of last four and are in a three-way tie for first in the AFC South.
– PITTSBURGH – Mike Tomlin believes in what the Steelers coach calls ''December football.'' Whatever the formula, it agrees with his team. The Steelers are 25-13 in December during his time.
– HARVEY, La. – The man accused of fatally shooting ex-NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute is arrested and charged with manslaughter. He had been released last week.
– LAUSANNE, Switzerland – A few months after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, the IOC has a new tag line for South America's first Olympics: ''The most perfect imperfect games.''
– CANASTOTA, N.Y. – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announces its 2017 class. Announcement at 1 p.m.
– The U.S. has become the world power in ice dance. For the second straight year, three American couples have made the Grand Prix Final, which starts Friday in Marseille, France.