BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– CHICAGO – The sports world reacts to the death of Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks. ”Mr. Cub,” who hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career, was 83.
– NEW YORK – On the final day of his nearly 22 1-2 years in charge of baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig talks about his legacy during an interview with The Associated Press.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The two men vying to put their fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy next weekend are testament to the axiom that men who flop in their first NFL head coaching job can subsequently flourish. And that should bode well for the Broncos, Bears, Raiders and Bills, whose new coaches don’t need on-the-job training.
– Richard Sherman already gave Tom Brady an earful the last time the Seahawks played the Patriots. Brady won’t back down from talking back to anyone. Rob Gronkowski won’t hesitate to toss Sherman or another defender ”out of the club” and then there’s Doug Baldwin, who has a chip on his shoulder and isn’t afraid to speak up. This Super Bowl could feature some epic yapping from some of the best trash-talkers in the NFL.
– Whether or not Richard Sherman’s elbow or Earl Thomas’ shoulder turn out to affect the way either of Seattle’s star defensive backs plays in the Super Bowl, the question of ”How hurt is he?” often is a big part of the build-up to the big game.
– ASPEN, Colo. – Freestyle skier David Wise had a title to defend at the Winter X Games and the world championships, within a few days of each other, in halfpipes more than 5,000 miles apart. What to do? What to do? Well, it wasn’t as hard a decision as it might seem. The Winter X Games helped get halfpipe skiing on the map, which eventually led to it becoming an Olympic sport – and Wise won a gold medal in Sochi because of that. Still, Wise is aggravated the two big events couldn’t be spaced apart. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. ET.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – From slap shots to breakaways, Team Foligno and Team Toews face off in the NHL All-Star Game Skills competition.
– LA QUINTA, Calif. – Matt Kuchar takes a one-stroke lead into the third round of the Humana Challenge.
– GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Pro Bowl is unlike any All-Star game in sports, from the unique selection process to the timing of the game.