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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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Baltimore Ravens players have a very manly Bachelorette watch party

Baltimore Ravens players have a very manly Bachelorette watch party

You don't have to be a chick to enjoy watching the Bachelorette.

Several Ravens' players proved this when they came together at tight end Dennis Pitta's house Monday night to have a very manly Bachelorette series premiere watch party. Players included kicker Justin Tucker and QB Joe Flacco.

Justin Tucker wasn't too happy though with Pitta's screen size. 

This wasn't the first time the guys got together to watch the Bachelorette . Last June during JoJo Fletcher's season, the squad got together to watch an episode where the Bachelorette and her suitors visited their arch rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Will the guys spend the off-season continuing to watch who gets the final rose? 


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Former Ravens safety arrested again, this time on grand theft, battery charges

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Former Ravens safety arrested again, this time on grand theft, battery charges

Ex-Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested for the second time in less than three months after an altercation with his girlfriend at her home in Delray Beach, Fla.

Police say Elam was arrested on grand theft and domestic battery charges after a fight broke out between the two around 4 a.m. Monday.

The former Florida Gators star — who was selected by the Ravens with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, came to the residence to retrieve his car, but fled on foot with his girlfriend's cell phone after she wouldn't give him any money, according to TMZ, which first broke the story.

Elam could face up to five years in prison under Florida law which lists grand theft of more than $300 a third degree felony, according to USA Today.

The 25-year-old was arrested in February for possession over 120 grams of marijuana and 3 grams of oxycodone, after which the Ravens announced their plans for the future did not include Elam.

Elam is currently being held on a $4,500 bond at the Palm Beach County jail.