BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
December 11, 2012, 12:24 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. EST:

- NEW ORLEANS - Four players in the Saints bounty investigation are expected to finally get a ruling from former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on whether their initial suspensions are upheld, reduced or thrown out.

- NEW YORK - No. 2 Alabama places four players on the AP All-America team, more than any other school. Among the Crimson Tide players chosen is center Barrett Jones, a two-time first-team selection.

- DALLAS - The Cowboys stand behind Josh Brent, who was charged with drunken driving and causing the accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. Brent was greeted warmly and invited to a private memorial.

- DIX HILLS, N.Y. - Services are held for Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who police say fatally shot himself after he killed his girlfriend.

- FOBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots insist their rout of the Houston Texans was not a ``statement'' game. They made one nevertheless: They're dominant and getting better heading to the playoffs.

- CLEVELAND - The disjointed Los Angeles Lakers begin a stretch of four road games in six nights. They face a Cleveland Cavaliers team expected to have Kyrie Irving back in the lineup. Game starts 7 p.m.

- NEW YORK - The Nets beat the Knicks in overtime last month. Now, entering the rematch, Brooklyn looks to stop a four-game losing streak. Game starts 7 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - Free agent Zach Greinke moves up the freeway to join the Dodgers' rotation in a $147 million, six-year deal after spending part of last season with the rival Angels. Availability 4:30 p.m.

- MADRID - Rafael Nadal will return to tennis at the end of the month at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. He has taken six months off to recover from a knee injury.

- LONDON - Lionel Messi may have broken the record for number of goals scored in a calendar year, but he barely stayed on top of AP's Global Soccer Rankings this week.