BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– PHOENIX – A Super Bowl matchup well worth watching: the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski vs. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor, one of the few safeties capable of stopping the tight end.
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Andy Murray reaches the Australian Open final for the fourth time, giving him one more chance to win this Grand Slam. He will play Novak Djokovic or Stan Wawrinka for the title.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tiger Woods returns to the Phoenix Open for the first time in 14 years. This is his official start of the year after an injury-filled season.
– PHOENIX – The receivers on the Seahawks and Patriots don’t get a whole lot of respect. But they helped get their teams to where they are.
– PHOENIX – For all the stylistic differences between coaches Bill Belichick of New England and Pete Carroll of Seattle, both have built brands of team loyalty.
– PHOENIX – Only Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork remain from the Patriots’ last championship team. It hasn’t kept New England from rolling toward another title.
– PHOENIX – Katy Perry, the Super Bowl’s headline act, discusses her halftime performance. News conference 4:30 p.m.
– NEW YORK – The NBA announces the reserves for next month’s All-Star game, with the sizzling Atlanta Hawks hoping for multiple selections. Announcement about 7:15 p.m.
– FALL RIVER, Mass. – Jurors are sworn in and opening statements are expected in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.
– NEW YORK – Former Mets general manager Omar Minaya is leaving his job as a Padres executive to become a special adviser to union head Tony Clark, the AP is told.
– COLUMBIA, S.C. – The No. 1 South Carolina women try to go 20-0 when they play Alabama. Game starts 7 p.m.
– OCALA, Fla. – Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz share a one-shot lead entering the second round of the LPGA season opener, the Coates Golf Championship.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jamie McMurray, winner of all of seven Sprint Cup Series races, could never win again and still end his career as one of the most prolific drivers in NASCAR history.