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:
– College football will have a record 41 bowls this season, including the national championship game. With a bowl bonanza like this, there figure to be plenty of great games, players and story lines.
– NEW ORLEANS – Abby Wambach concludes her prolific career with the U.S. when the reigning women's World Cup champion closes out its 2015 match calendar with an exhibition against China. Game starts 8 p.m.
– MADISON, Wis. – Greg Gard takes over at Wisconsin as interim coach following Bo Ryan's surprising retirement 12 games into the season. Ryan leaves after guiding the Badgers to the past two Final Fours, including last season's title game, but Wisconsin is off to a mediocre start.
– ST. LOUIS – Coach Jeff Fisher says it's just another game, the next one on the schedule, and he's not following the Rams relocation saga. Others on the team aren't shying away from the emotions attached to the home finale, which could be the last game in St. Louis for the franchise.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and No. 2 Alabama begin preparations for the Cotton Bowl against No. 3 Michigan State.
– OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors, home from a two-week, 6-1 road trip, host the Suns in the first game since their NBA-record 24-0 start ended Saturday at Milwaukee. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
– ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Four years after taking over the embattled football program at New Mexico, and 14 years since getting ousted as Notre Dame's coach, Bob Davie has the Lobos playing in their first bowl game in nearly a decade. The 61-year-old says his return to the college postseason, his first since 2000, isn't about redemption but about rebuilding a program that still needs a lot of work.
– ALAMEDA, Calif. – The sacks that eluded Khalil Mack in a strong season for the Oakland Raiders are no longer missing. They're coming in bunches instead.
– GENEVA – Fighting for their careers in soccer politics, Michel Platini plans to boycott his hearing at the FIFA ethics court Friday while Sepp Blatter is expected to attend his Thursday.