BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
December 18, 2012, 12:33 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:

- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the first freshman voted AP Player of the Year in college football. The Heisman Trophy winner led the Aggies to 10 wins for the first time since 1998.

- NEW YORK - The Jets bumbled their way out of the playoff race with a Monday night loss at Tennessee. Do they stick with Mark Sanchez at quarterback or turn to Greg McElroy or Tim Tebow?

- With two weeks to go, the NFC East is up for grabs. The Redskins, Giants and Cowboys are 8-6. New York took this route to a Super Bowl title last year.

- MIAMI - Father and son coaches match wits on the sidelines Wednesday night: Rick Pitino of No. 5 Louisville vs. son Richard Pitino of Florida International.

- CINCINNATI - The last time Xavier and Cincinnati played, the crosstown rivalry ended with punches and eight players suspended. The rivalry resumes Wednesday in a new setting with a different feel.

- WACO, Texas - No. 3 Baylor goes for its seventh win in a row and its 45th straight at home when the national champion Lady Bears play No. 10 Tennessee. The Lady Vols have won seven in a row. Game starts 8 p.m.

- BOSTON - Shortstop Stephen Drew and the Red Sox agree to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, the AP is told. Drew played for Oakland last season after being traded by Arizona in August.

- LONDON - Lionel Messi, with 90 goals so far this year, brushes aside all challengers in the AP's Global Soccer rankings this week.

- LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Thomas Bach, Richard Carrion and Ng Ser Miang are unofficial contenders in the race to succeed Jacques Rogge as IOC president next year.