BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 4, 2013, 12:14 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Scott Pioli is out as general manager of the Chiefs, who have been negotiating the past two days with Andy Reid to become coach. The split comes after four tumultuous seasons.

- NEW YORK - The NHL and the union are meeting separately with a federal mediator but have no plans yet to negotiate. The lockout is in its 111th day, with the clock ticking to save the season.

- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Southeastern Conference forced the start of the BCS and its dominance has helped drive a playoff system. Will the new format help develop new champions?

- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Alabama coach Nick Saban may not be comfortable with such praise. But if his team beats Notre Dame on Monday, his run will be among the best ever, maybe the absolute best.

- NEW YORK - The 2006 championship between Texas and USC set the standard for TV ratings in college football. The Notre Dame-Alabama matchup might change that.

- ARLINGTON, Texas - Heisman Trophy-winning freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel and No. 10 Texas A&M wrap up their first SEC season against No. 12 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

- INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts are at Baltimore on Sunday and most of the Indianapolis players are about to embark on new territory - the playoffs. Thirty have never played in a postseason game.

- RENTON, Wash. - Pete Carroll was close to joining Mike Shanahan's coaching staff in Denver in 1995. Once nearly co-workers, Carroll and Shanahan meet Sunday when Seattle visits Washington.

- LOS ANGELES - The Lakers play the Clippers, and how things have changed from years past. The Clippers have the NBA's second-best record; the Lakers are a game below .500. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

- BOULDER, Colo. - The No. 20 Colorado women put their 11-0 record on the line against No. 4 Stanford in the Pac-12 opener. The Cardinal are coming off a stinging loss to Connecticut last week. Game starts 10 p.m.

- BRISBANE, Australia - Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, looking toward the Australian Open, quits her Brisbane International semifinal against Serena Williams because of an infected toe.

- LONDON - Rory McIlroy is torn between representing Britain or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics. How to resolve the problem? He might skip the games altogether.