BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
February 1, 2013, 11:53 am
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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 ORLEANS - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gives his state of the league speech, with concussions, HGH testing, homophobia and minority hiring among the issues highlighting Super Bowl week.

- NEW ORLEANS - Coaches John and Jim Harbaugh will be on opposite sidelines Sunday when the Ravens play the 49ers, but the brothers are side by side for their Super Bowl news conference.

- NEW ORLEANS - The French Quarter glitters but swaths of New Orleans still resemble the dark days of Katrina. This is a tale of two Super Bowl cities.

- CLEVELAND - Art Modell, who broke hearts when he moved the Browns to Baltimore, is among those up for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Cleveland fans will not forgive him.

- NEW YORK - Billy Hunter is placed on leave following a report critical of his leadership of the NBA players' union.

- NEW YORK - There will be few surprises with Super Bowl ads Sunday. Most of the 30-plus advertisers already released their ads, although there are holdouts.

- SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A day after flirting with golf's magic number of 59 before finishing at 60, Phil Mickelson takes a four-stroke lead into the second round of the Phoenix Open.

- JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The United States, led by John Isner, plays Brazil in the first round of a World Group series in Davis Cup.

- INDIANAPOLIS - LeBron James and the Miami Heat play the Pacers after losing at Indiana in early January. The Pacers are intent on showing that 87-77 victory was no fluke. Game starts 7 p.m.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - The end of the NHL lockout left players little time to get ready. The short preparation may have been toughest on goalies, causing some of the best in the league to struggle early on.

- CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - This could be a milestone weekend for North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell. A victory over rival Duke will give the Tar Heels' coach her 900th career victory.