BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– The NFL is bragging about how for the first time since 1935, Thanksgiving Day features three games with all six teams at .500 or better. Considering how mediocre so many teams are this year, Pro Picks isn't sure how to take that stat.
– Preview stories for Thursday's NLF games: Vikings-Lions, Redskins-Cowboys, Steelers-Colts.
– The stakes for ''The Game'' – No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State – haven't been this high since 2006, when Ohio State was No. 1 and Michigan was No. 2.
– One thing's for sure about the Big Ten: The conference loves a good rivalry. It's in that spirit the conference in 2014 began scheduling rivalry games the final week of the regular season, with five of the seven awarding trophies.
– Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will end the regular season with Bedlam for the Big 12 title. The Sooners, part of the two biggest rivalry games in the league, already won their other one this season.
– Marlon Humphrey would eat lunch with the other Alabama fans in elementary school, while Auburn supporters sat elsewhere. It's rivalry week around the Southeastern Conference. where the states are divided.
– ATLANTA – The ACC has won seven of eight games against in-state SEC teams on Rivalry Saturday the last two years, including a 4-0 sweep in 2014. Now the ACC is attempting to ride that momentum this week when Clemson plays South Carolina with a lot more than state bragging rights on the line, while Georgia Tech visits Georgia, Florida State plays Florida and Louisville plays Kentucky.
– NEW YORK – The task hasn't changed since Bruce Arena last coached the U.S. from 1998 to 2006, but public scrutiny has shot up exponentially from a maturing fan base – along with pressure to win. For some, anything less than reaching a World Cup quarterfinal would be a disappointment.
– College basketball offers a week full of good matchups in holiday tournaments, led by the Maui Invitational (North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin) and the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas (Louisville, Baylor, Michigan State).
– OAKLAND, Calif. – Luke Walton, the former Warriors top assistant who led Golden State to a record 24-0 start last season with Steve Kerr out, brings his Los Angeles Lakers to Oracle Arena to face his former team. Game starts 10:30 p.m.