BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 26, 2013, 11:47 am
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- NEW ORLEANS - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will present the NFL championship trophy when the Super Bowl is played in New Orleans on Feb. 3, is getting a less-than-warm welcome in some quarters of the city from Saints fans livid over the league's bounty investigation.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Victoria Azarenka wins her second consecutive Australian Open title, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a final that included a break for fireworks, two medical timeouts and a nasty fall to the court by Li.

- SAN DIEGO - Tiger Woods had a two-shot lead going into the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open. The next seven players behind him have never won on the PGA Tour.

- ST. LOUIS - Private funeral services are held for Hall of Fame Cardinals player Stan Musial, a St. Louis icon who died last week at age 92.

- DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Rolex 24 at Daytona gets under way, with several NASCAR drivers and nearly a dozen IndyCar regulars taking to the road course for the prestigious endurance event.

- RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina travels to No. 18 North Carolina State looking for its 14th straight win against the rival Wolfpack. N.C. State hasn't beaten the Tar Heels since February 2007.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings meet the reigning Pacific Division champion Phoenix Coyotes in their first meeting since a testy Western Conference finals last season.

- MARIBOR, Slovenia - Lindsey Vonn beats rival Tina Maze on the Slovenian's home snow and in her best discipline, earning a surprising victory in a giant slalom and her second win in a week. Maze still clinched her third giant slalom discipline title by placing second.

- OMAHA, Neb. - Ashley Wagner can become the first woman since Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back titles at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The pairs and dance titles also will be decided.

- MOBILE, Ala. - Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones helps lead the South team against North Carolina State's Mike Glennon and the North in the Senior Bowl.

- WACO, Texas - Top-ranked Baylor goes for its 50th consecutive home win then the Lady Bears host No. 20 Oklahoma.

- CHICAGO - Rampage Jackson says goodbye to UFC, while flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson look to establish themselves with a national audience.

- MIAMI - The last time Ray Allen played in Boston, fans serenaded him with cheers as he left the court. It almost certainly won't be the same reaction Sunday, when Allen returns to the Celtics' home floor - as a member of the rival Miami Heat.