BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 22, 2013, 5:10 pm
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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.