BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Ohio State plays Oregon in the first championship game under college football’s playoff system. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Michael Bennett will again wear the number of Kosta Karageorge in the title game. Karageorge, an Ohio State walk-on, is believed to have taken his own life late in the season.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – The AP releases its final Top 25 college football rankings. To be sent 1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
– The replay reversal that produced a critical fourth-down incompletion for Dallas in Sunday’s playoff game draws bewilderment not only from the losing Cowboys but among those watching around the country.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – No Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rematch this time. Instead, it will be Brady vs. Andrew Luck in a matchup of star quarterbacks when the Patriots host the Colts for the AFC title.
– RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks’ receivers are often overshadowed and likely will be again against Green Bay in the NFC championship game. But these receivers can soar with the NFL’s best.
– ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Bills announce hiring of coach Rex Ryan, lauding his ”experience and enthusiasm.” Ryan, who was fired by the Jets after a 4-12 season, succeeds Doug Marrone.
– LOS ANGELES – The developers behind a complex whose stadium could become an NFL team’s home expect to recoup up to $100 million in local tax dollars in the first five years, an AP review finds.
– ZURICH – Three players vie for soccer’s world player of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Abby Wambach of the U.S. is in the running for women’s honors.
– KAPALUA, Hawaii – Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Jimmy Walker are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Tournament of Champions, the opener of the PGA Tour season.
– The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men’s and women’s college basketball. Polls to be sent by 1 p.m.
– The San Antonio Spurs are never ones to panic, certainly not this early in the season. But a rare sense of urgency is creeping in for the defending champions.
– SYDNEY – Caroline Wozniacki’s Australian Open preparations take a hit when a wrist injury forces her to withdraw from her first-round match at the Sydney International.