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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

NEW ORLEANS - A day after calling a report that said he sought help from a company which makes a product containing an NFL banned substance ``stupidity,'' Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis meets with the media.

NEW ORLEANS - In the role of New Orleans ambassador, Drew Brees is all but obligated to help his city put on a good face for the Super Bowl. Still, it's hard for the quarterback to take part in a title game in his adopted home city and not be playing in it.

NEW ORLEANS - Kyle Williams is elated, yet empty. The punt returner whose mistakes cost the 49ers a chance to win last year's NFC championship now is on a Super Bowl team. But he won't be playing against Baltimore on Sunday, and that hurts as much as his damaged left knee.

NEW YORK - Again linked to performance-enhancing drugs and sidelined for at least the first half of the season after hip surgery, Alex Rodriguez's future with the New York Yankees is uncertain.

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics play their first game since learning that point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season when they face the Sacramento Kings.

PHOENIX - Steve Nash returns to US Airways Center for the first time since leaving the Suns to go to Los Angeles when his Lakers face the Suns in the opener of a marathon seven-game road trip.

MINNEAPOLIS - Rick Adelman makes his return to the Timberwolves bench after an 11-game absence to be with his ailing wife when Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Clippers, who have scuffled a bit with point guard Chris Paul out with a knee injury.

ASPEN, Colo. - After snowmobiler Caleb Moore's crash - along with other harrowing wipeouts - some wonder whether dialing up the degree of difficulty each year at Winter X Games improves action sports or simply make it more dangerous.

LUBBOCK, Texas - Baylor's Brittney Griner needs three points to break the Big 12 career scoring record held by Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley in the top-ranked Lady Bears' game at Texas Tech.

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Steelers ink Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on same day

Steelers ink Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on same day

Antonio Brown will remain a Pittsburgh Steeler for a long time. On Monday, the team announced that Antonio Brown signed a contract extension for four years that is worth $68 million. 

The deal makes Brown the highest paid NFL wide receiver and will keep him on the Steelers roster until 2021.

It also included a signing bonus of $19 million according to ESPN. The new deal does not effect the 28-year-old's salary for the 2017 season which is scheduled to be $4.7 million.

In 2014, Brown lead the league with 1,698 yards and receptions with 129. Surpassing both marks in 2015 with 1,834 yards in 136 receptions, the seven-year veteran quickly became regarded as the best wide receiver in the league. He is also a five time Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro three times, including last season.

Teammate Le'Veon Bell will stay with the team at least for one more season. Earlier on Monday, the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell which is expected to earn him over $12 million based on last season's numbers.

At 25-years-old, Bell has had a career tattered with injuries since he came into the league in 2013. As a dual-threat player from the backfield and as a receiver, he has averaged over 1,500 yards from scrimmage each year.

Bell is coming off a Pro-Bowl season with 1,884 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns in only 12 games. 

RELATED: Adidas to give away an island if prospect breaks record at NFL Combine

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Adidas promises a private island to NFL prospects with one catch

Adidas promises a private island to NFL prospects with one catch

Don’t be alarmed if you see numerous NFL prospects running around the field with cheetah print adidas cleats. No its not for charity or a charitable cause, but rather a chance for the athlete to make some waves before even joining an NFL squad.

Those NFL prospects are vying for a private island.

That’s right. With one tweet, adidas announced the ultimate incentive for any athlete willing to wear their special edition adizero 5-star 40 cleats during the 40-yard dash event at the 2017 NFL Combine.

But, there's one other requirement that makes this private island a distant dream. The prospect must beat Chris Johnson’s 2015 record of 4.24 seconds.

The cleats are designed specifically for this popular event, weighing in at a whopping 4.8 ounces and now can provide soaking up the sun and catching the waves to one lucky prospect.

Adidas will be the kings of the jungle with this fun marketing tactic while one prospect could be crowned the king of the 40-yard dash.