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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

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

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic becomes the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian titles when he beats Andy Murray 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

- SAN DIEGO - Tiger Woods has a two-shot lead and faces a long day in the Farmers Insurance Open. With a day lost to fog, plans call for golf from sunrise to sunset with no winner determined until Monday.

- HONOLULU - The best in the AFC and NFC meet with a mandate that they take the NFL's all-star game more seriously or face the prospect of the game going away. Game starts 7 p.m.

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - In this age of high-powered offenses, the 49ers and Ravens provide a reminder in the Super Bowl that defense still matters.

- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Now a backup quarterback for the 49ers, Alex Smith's trip to New Orleans this week is hardly how he envisioned it.

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Nothing was going to stop the Ravens' Torrey Smith this season. Beating NFL cornerbacks was nothing compared to coping with the death of his brother in a motorcycle accident.

- NEW YORK - It might be the most interesting TV drama at the Super Bowl. How will Jack and Jackie Harbaugh look as they watch their sons coach in the NFL championship?

- BOSTON - Ray Allen plays in Boston for the first time since signing with the Miami Heat. The Celtics are trying to break a six-game losing streak. Game starts 1 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - Kevin Durant leads Oklahoma City against a Los Angeles Lakers team that is seven games below .500. The Thunder have the best record in the NBA. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

- CHICAGO - The Blackhawks try to set a franchise record with their sixth straight win to start the season when they play the Detroit Red Wings. Game starts 7 p.m.

- BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coach Tom Crean squares off against former boss Tom Izzo when No. 7 Indiana faces No. 13 Michigan State in Big Ten basketball. Game starts 1 p.m.

- OMAHA, Neb. - Jeremy Abbott can win his fourth title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but he'll have to hold off Ross Miner and Joshua Farris. Men's free skate starts 1:15 p.m.

- MARIBOR, Slovenia - Slovenia's Tina Maze wins a World Cup slalom before home fans a day after she just missed capturing the giant slalom.

- KITZBUEHEL, Austria - Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins a World Cup slalom, and Croatia's Ivica Kostelic takes the combined for the fourth year.

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Ravens long snapper added to Pro Bowl roster

Ravens long snapper added to Pro Bowl roster

The Ravens announced Wednesday that long-snapper Morgan Cox has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl team.

It was the second straight Pro Bowl selection for Cox, added as the team’s one “need” player by AFC Pro Bowl coach Andy Reid.

“Playing in the Pro Bowl for a second time is a huge honor for me,” Cox said in a statement released by the Ravens.

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“All the hard work that we put into this game is validated when you receive such an honor.”

Three other Ravens will play in the Pro Bowl game – fullback Kyle Juszczyk, linebacker C. J. Mosley, kicker Justin Tucker.

Guard Marshal Yanda was named to the team, but decided not to play due to offseason shoulder surgery.

The Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 in Orlando, Fla. at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.

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Antonio Brown apologizes for streaming Steelers' locker room scene

Antonio Brown apologizes for streaming Steelers' locker room scene

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown apologized Tuesday night for streaming live video from the Steelers locker room on Sunday featuring coach Mike Tomlin calling the New England Patriots 'a--h---s' in advance of Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Brown posted the locker room scene through Facebook Live and has since deleted it.

Ironically enough, the video also included Tomlin telling his team to "keep a low profile."

"I'm sorry for my actions and behavior after Sunday's game," Brown posted on his Twitter feed. "I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans."

"It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Tomlin, of course, has indeed been asked about the video as the Steelers try to prepare for the AFC title game at New England.

"It was foolish for him to do that, it was selfish for him to do that, it was inconsiderate for him to do that," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "Not only is it a violation of our policy, it's a violation of league policy, both of which he knows.

"There are consequences to be dealt with from his perspective," Tomlin added. "We will punish him, we won't punish us."

 Translation: He might take a hit in the wallet, but he's playing Sunday, and don't think for a fraction of a second he's not.

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