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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- NEW YORK - The NFL reinstates Saints coach Sean Payton after a season-long suspension for his role in team's bounty scandal. Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision comes nearly two weeks earlier than expected.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic wins, will face David Ferrer in Australian Open semifinals. On tap are matches featuring Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Murray. Play starts 7 p.m.

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Matt Birk, Ed Reed and several other Baltimore Ravens veterans finally get their chance to play in the Super Bowl.

- NEW YORK - The NFL is looking into Tom Brady's leg-up slide that hit Ravens safety Ed Reed in the AFC championship game. League spokesman Greg Aiello says ``any play of that nature is routinely reviewed.''

- BALTIMORE - NFL fans have grown accustomed to the imaginary first-down stripe on TV. The league is considering the possibility of making that line a reality at the stadium.

- STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno's supporters will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of the Hall of Fame coach with a candlelight vigil.

- SAN DIEGO - Phil Mickelson says changes in federal and state tax laws are the reason behind his decision not to be part of the new ownership group of the San Diego Padres.

- LOS ANGELES - In a matchup of teams with the NBA's two best records, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder play Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

- CHICAGO - The Blackhawks, behind Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, look to go to 3-0 when they play their home opener against the St. Louis Blues. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- LONDON - Lionel Messi and Barcelona fall from the top of The Associated Press Global Football Rankings this week and are replaced by rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

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Report: Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon out for the 2017 season

Report: Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon out for the 2017 season

According to Ian Rappoport, the Ravens will be without one of their most important players for the 2017-2018 season.

Running back Kenneth Dixon underwent surgery Tuesday for a torn meniscus. Dixon was expected to be out for a few weeks with a "trim", but it turned into a full repair that will require a four-to-five month recovery. The full repair is more beneficial for his long-term health. This is Dixon's third knee injury in 12 months. 

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Dixon was set to miss the first four games of the season for violating the leagues PED policy. In 2016, he had 382 rushing yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 12 games.

Upon losing one of their top RB's, the Ravens are planning to bring back Bobby Rainey who was with the team in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He will be an addition to Terrance West and Danny Woodhead who will be the teams' staple running backs. Also up for the job is Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and undrafted rookie Taquan Mizzell. 

Dixon is the third Raven to suffer a season-ending injury. Cornerback Tavon Young is out for the season after tearing his ACL and tight end Dennis Pitta was waived after suffering a hip injury.

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Ravens tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

Ravens tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

The NFL announced today that tight end Darren Waller of the Baltimore Ravens would be suspended for a year or longer for his second violation of the substance abuse policy.

Waller was a 2015 sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech who served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for a substance abuse violation. After returning from his suspension last year, he posted 10 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role.

After his 2016 violation, he was quoted as saying [via Ravens.com]:

“There were other personal issues, and [marijuana] was the one thing I always turned to,” Waller said. “It was just about finding more positive outlets for me to do, like talking to people about it and things like that. I’m definitely at a better place with that now.”

Unfortunately for the Ravens, he will miss the 2017 season and potentially longer after the latest violation. It leaves the Ravens down two tight ends from last year after Dennis Pitta was released earlier this month after re-injuring his hip.

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