BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 3, 2013, 11:43 am
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- A look at this weekend's four wild-card games: Bengals-Texans, Vikings-Packers, Colts-Ravens, Seahawks-Redskins.

- ASHBURN, Va. - The NFL's top three rushers - Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, Washington's Alfred Morris and Seattle's Marshawn Lynch - will be on display this weekend.

- NEW YORK - With the window narrowing to save the season, the NHL and the union return to bargaining after working late into the night. It is believed that the pension issue is now a major stumbling block.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - No. 5 Oregon, in its fourth straight BCS bowl game under coach Chip Kelly, pits its high-flying offense against Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein and No. 7 Kansas State. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Notre Dame and Alabama's road to the BCS title game Monday goes through its coaches. Both schools struggled until they found the right fit - Brian Kelly and Nick Saban.

- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Alabama's Barrett Jones and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o both seem to exemplify what's right about college football amid its long run of scandals.

- ARLINGTON, Texas - No. 10 Texas A&M, led by freshman Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. plays No. 12 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.

- NEW YORK - The Spurs, the hottest team in the NBA, try to extend their winning streak to eight games when they play a Knicks team adjusting to the return of Amare Stoudemire. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 8 Maryland plays No. 15 North Carolina to highlight play in women's college basketball. Both enter the ACC game having won six in a row. Game starts 7 p.m.

- UFA, Russia - The U.S. routs Canada 5-1 to advance to the final of the world junior championships with a 5-1 win over Canada. The Americans will play for the title against defending champion Sweden.

- KAPALUA, Hawaii - The Tournament of Champions begins Friday, with Steve Stricker defending his title. After this event, Stricker won't play more than 10 times the rest of the year.

- BRISBANE, Australia - Serena Williams beats Fed Cup teammate Sloane Stephens, setting up a semifinal at the Brisbane International against No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.