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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- NEW ORLEANS - The lights went out at the Super Bowl for 34 minutes, and now the league, the Superdome and an array of New Orleans officials confront a question: What exactly happened?

- NEW ORLEANS - The mayor of New Orleans says he doesn't think the power failure during the Super Bowl will hurt his city's chances of getting the NFL's championship game in 2018.

- NEW ORLEANS - Here's a scenario worth considering: What would have happened at the Super Bowl if the lights didn't come back on?

- NEW ORLEANS - Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and Ravens coach John Harbaugh bask in their NFL title after a night that did not include a whole lot of sleep.

- NEW ORLEANS - The 49ers were almost there. Now they must move forward with the hope of keeping their team together. A key concern is the future of backup quarterback Alex Smith.

- NEW YORK - The Ravens' victory over the 49ers sets a record for highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history. An estimate of how many people watched is expected later in the day.

- The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball, with the Indiana men set to jump to No. 1 after their victory over Michigan.

- INDIANAPOLIS - The Pacers can pull into a tie with the Bulls for the Central Division lead with a victory over Chicago. The Bulls are without injured starters Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich. Game starts 7 p.m.

- SCHLADMING, Austria - Skiing's world championships begin Tuesday, with Lindsey Vonn among the favorites in the super-G. She is only now regaining speed after a midseason break because of health problems.

- THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A match-fixing investigation uncovers more than 680 suspicious matches, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games, European police say.

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Former Ravens RB Trent Richardson arrested on domestic violence charge

Former Ravens RB Trent Richardson arrested on domestic violence charge

Former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson, who was signed by the Ravens in April 2016, was arrested Thursday night in Hoover, Ala. on a domestic violence charge, according to Hoover police.

Richardson, who was drafted by the Browns with No 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, joined the Ravens during the 2016 offseason before being waived prior to the start of training camp in August.

According to the report, Richardson was arrested following an incident at the Hyatt Place Hotel and was charged with one count of third-degree domestic violence. 

The argument between Richardson and the women began at a nearby Walmart before the altercation turned physical. 


"Officers were able to make contact with an adult male and adult female who were involved in a domestic altercation," police said in the official release.

"After interviewing both parties it was determined that the two individuals had been arguing earlier while at the Walmart on John Hawkins Parkway and that the dispute continued after they arrived back at the hotel. At some point the situation turned physical and the female sustained injuries (scratches and bruising) about her face."

Richardson's NFL career has been wrought with disappointment.  He played just 17 games for the Browns — averaging 3.6 yards per carry—  before he was traded to the Colts in 2013. His numbers declined even more, and he was released at the end of the 2014 season. He spent the 2015 offseason with the Raiders, but was released before the beginning of the Regular season.

Richardson's last appearance in a regular season NFL game took place in a December 2014 Colts' victory over the Patriots in which he ran for 11 yards on six carries.


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NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicts Ravens will select cornerback Sidney Jones

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NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicts Ravens will select cornerback Sidney Jones

The Ravens desperately need help at cornerback, which ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes they will address early.

In his second mock draft of the year, Kiper forecasts that Baltimore will selecting University of Washington corner Sidney Jones with the No. 16 overall pick. 

He reasons that the Ravens hope to get more than one cornerback out of this draft, so they'll start as soon as they get the chance. 

The 2017 draft class is exceptionally deep with cornerback talent, but Jones stands out nonetheless.

Mike Mayock of NFL Network considers Jones the top corner of a lot that also includes players like Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State and Teez Tabor of Florida. 

ESPN's Jamison Hensley makes the case for Jones thusly:

He has the experience (three-year starter), football intelligence and playmaking skills (nine interceptions and eight force fumbles in his career) to be an immediate starter. He also has traits that the Ravens love out of their prospects: strong character, aggressive and durable.

The negative trait identified by both Kiper and Hensley is Jones' size. He stands 6-feet even and weighs 180 pounds, creating potential match-up problems against large, physical receivers like A.J. Green or Mike Evans. 

Both note that he'll need to add more muscle to his frame to compete at the professional level. 

CSN draft analyst Ben Standig recently projected the Ravens to select wide receiver Josh Ross with the 16th overall pick. Click here to view the full NFL Mock Draft: 3.0

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