BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
December 28, 2012, 12:13 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:

- NEW YORK - A day after firing Avery Johnson, the Nets play under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. They get an accommodating opponent in the Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost 16 straight. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- MADRID - Rafael Nadal will miss the Australian Open because of a stomach virus, further delaying his comeback after being sidelined since June. The Spaniard also will skip the preceding Qatar Open.

- HOUSTON - Texas Tech, which has lost coach Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati, plays Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Gophers are in a bowl for the first time since 2009. Game starts 9 p.m.

- ORLANDO, Fla. - Former Big East rivals Rutgers and Virginia Tech meet in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Scarlet Knights are looking to win their sixth straight bowl game. Game starts 5:30 p.m.

- SHREVEPORT, La. - Louisiana-Monroe plays in its first bowl game, facing Ohio in the Independence Bowl. Ohio is trying to win nine games for the third time in four seasons. Game starts 2 p.m.

- Stories on Saturday's five games: Armed Forces Bowl (Air Force-Rice), Fight Hunger Bowl (Arizona St.-Navy), Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Michigan St.-TCU), Pinstripe Bowl (West Virginia-Syracuse), Alamo Bowl (Texas-Oregon St.).

- PHILADELPHIA - It seems a foregone conclusion Andy Reid will coach his last game with the Eagles on Sunday. Then again, owner Jeffrey Lurie may let Reid finish out his contract, which has a year left.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Last year, the Broncos had plenty of practice scrambling to win games. This year, about the only thing Denver is perfecting late in games is how to line up in victory formation.

- RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks' scoring numbers are eye-popping: 150 points in three weeks. The remarkable run of efficiency on offense is never more evident than on third down and in the red zone.

- DES MOINES, Iowa - The Big Ten season should be a blast for fans - and brutal for its teams. Half the conference is in the Top 25, led by No. 2 Michigan and No. 5 Indiana, with league play starting New Year's Eve.

- Stanford and Connecticut resume one of the best rivalries in women's basketball Saturday when the No. 2 Huskies visit the No. 1 Cardinal.

- SEMMERING, Austria - Anna Fenninger of Austria wins a World Cup giant slalom while runner-up Tina Maze of Slovenia extends her lead in the overall standings. U.S. teenager Mikaela Shiffrin is eighth.