BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal’s mastery of Roger Federer carries him into the Australian Open final. The Spaniard wins 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 and will play Stan Wawrinka for the title.
– RENTON, Wash. – Seahawks general manager John Schneider has been the quiet mastermind of all the roster changes that have paid off with a trip to the Super Bowl.
– NEW YORK – When fans fill Manhattan next week leading to the Super Bowl, police will be watching. They have installed about 200 cameras to help spot trouble along a stretch of Broadway.
– SAN DIEGO – Stewart Cink leads by a shot entering the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Defending champion Tiger Woods is eight behind but playing the easier North Course at Torrey Pines.
– ASPEN, Colo. – Jamie Anderson is the world’s best slopestyle snowboarder but is wary of the Sochi Olympics. She’s turned off by the big business and politics.
– The maturation of Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is one reason why the U.S. stands a chance to win an Olympic gold medal in hockey – something it hasn’t done since the ”Miracle on Ice” in 1980.
– CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Overall World Cup leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch wins a shortened downhill, establishing the German as the favorite at the Sochi Olympics. Stacey Cook of the U.S. is fifth.
– LOS ANGELES – The Kings and Ducks play at Dodger Stadium on Saturday in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game. The teams skate on the new ice for the first time Friday.
– RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren has thrived all season despite defenses keying on him. The sophomore is leading the ACC in scoring and is the top scorer among all power-conference teams.
– NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big 12. Yet, Lon Kruger’s team is tied for second place. Kruger has made a career of lifting programs to the next level.
– NEW YORK – Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series championship pocket watch, for decades thought to be lost to history, is coming to a New York City auction, where it’s expected to fetch at least $750,000.