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.
– NEW YORK – Concussions, expanded playoffs, Thursday night games and HGH testing could be among the topics NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference.
– EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Views from two Super Bowl writers: Why the Broncos will win; why the Seahawks will win.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Peyton Manning has no shortage of support in Indianapolis this weekend. Friends and longtime teammates have always been in his corner.
– NEW YORK – It’s the Super Bowl, advertising’s greatest showcase, and advertisers have pulled out all the stops with glittering celebrities, cinematic story lines and adorable animals.
– NEW YORK – The campaign protesting Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activity has heartened activists and caught the attention of organizers and sponsors.
– SOCHI, Russia – Thomas Bach is set to convene his inner circle to review final preparations and security plans for the Sochi Games and push his agenda for future Olympic policy changes.
– SAN DIEGO – Britain and the United States open Davis Cup play on a temporary clay court in left field at Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. First match starts 2 p.m.
– AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn and LPGA player Danielle Downey dies when she loses control of her car and it overturns several times. The 33-year-old Downey was Auburn’s director of golf operations.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Phil Mickelson tries to get into contention in the Phoenix Open after dropping seven strokes behind pacesetting Bubba Watson and Y.E. Yang.
– DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Rory McIlroy leads by a stroke after two rounds of Dubai Desert Classic, with Tiger Woods eight shots back.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Michael Young returns to Rangers Ballpark to announce his retirement. The seven-time All-Star spent most of his 13 seasons in Texas, where he helped transform a last-place team.
– NEW YORK – Kevin Durant caps his outstanding January against the Brooklyn Nets, who have had a pretty good month of their own. Game starts 8 p.m.
– FRISCO, Texas – The U.S. women play Canada in soccer in their first match of 2014. This is the second meeting between the teams since their 2012 Olympic match. Game starts 9 p.m.