BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
November 18, 2012, 12:02 pm
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Some of the sports stories covered by The Associated Press on Sunday. A full Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:

NEW YORK - Two straight weeks of November surprises have sent tremors throughout college football that could be felt from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest. The result of the chaos: Notre Dame and Alabama, two of the sport's most famous and successful programs, are now on course to play for the title.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Barring a catastrophic failure or fluke, Brad Keselowski should win his first Sprint Cup championship and give team owner Roger Penske the top prize that's eluded him since he entered NASCAR 40 years ago.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Andrew Luck face each other for the first time when the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams are 6-3 and on a roll, the Colts with four straight wins and the Patriots with three in a row.

LOS ANGELES - Coach Mike D'Antoni is expected to make his sideline debut when the Lakers go for their fourth win in five games against the Houston Rockets and D'Antoni's former point guard, Jeremy Lin.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - For the first time in 18 years, 11 months and 29 days, Notre Dame is sitting atop the college football world. That's how long it's been since Notre Dame has been ranked No. 1, a span that began after Boston College shocked the Fighting Irish with a 41-39 victory in 1993.

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers will turn to backup quarterback Byron Leftwich in prime time against the Baltimore Ravens. The winner will be in control of the AFC North.

SAN FRANCISCO - Bears quarterback Jason Campbell is set to make his first NFL start in more than a year in place of the concussed Jay Cutler in a key NFC showdown with the San Francisco 49ers on ``Monday Night Football'' at Candlestick Park.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee fires coach Derek Dooley after losing records in each of his three seasons. The 44-year-old Dooley went 15-21, with a lack of quality wins over conference foes. Dooley was 4-19 in SEC games and 0-15 against Top 25 teams.

AUSTIN, Texas - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel starts from the pole at the first U.S. Grand Prix since 2007 with a chance to lock up his third consecutive drivers' championship. The German leads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 10 points with two races remaining. Alonso will start in position No. 8.

NAPLES, Fla. - U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi of South Korea has a one-shot lead over Ai Miyazato of Japan going into the final round of the Titleholders, the last LPGA Tour event of the season.