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.

Gilman's Cyrus Jones drafted by Patriots

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Gilman's Cyrus Jones drafted by Patriots

Baltimore native and former Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday. A Gilman graduate, Jones was the Patriots first pick in the draft, at No. 60 overall.

At 5-10 and 197 pounds, Jones is ideally suited as a slot corner who could be challenged when matched up against taller receivers on the outside. But he has solid fundamentals and his proven ability as a return specialist adds to his value.

Jones finished this past season with 37 tackles and two interceptions for the Crimson Tide and 108 tackles, seven interceptions and 25 passes defensed over three seasons as a defensive back.

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Jones, who began his collegiate career as a receiver before moving to cornerback as a sophomore, led the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision this past year and set an Alabama single-season record with four punt return touchdowns.

“Returning is a specialized thing,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said earlier this month when discussing Jones. “A lot of guys can’t do it, especially punts. It’s very hard to catch punts. So the guys that can do it and are good at it, I mean, that’s additional value for sure.”

The Ravens were interested in Jones, and he impressed them at their local pro day, but now the Baltimore native is headed to New England of all places. 

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Five things to know about Ravens third-round pick Kaufusi

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Five things to know about Ravens third-round pick Kaufusi

OWINGS MILLS - Herre are five  things to know about Ravens third-round pick, BYU defensive end – rush linebacker Bronson Kaufusi. 

1. Kaufusi had 20 sacks, 11 tackles for losses this year. 

2. Kaufusi is already 24 years old. A native of Prova, Utah he went on a two-year church mission to New Zealand. 

“I don’t feel like my age is an issue, and it hasn’t seemed to be an issue for the NFL teams I’ve talked to,” Kaufusi told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Whoever can make plays is going to play, and get the job done. To me, it doesn’t matter how old you are. This is serious stuff. The best players are going to play. It is not a big concern for me.”

3.  Kaufusi’s father, Steve Kaufusi, played for the Eagles (1988-90). 

4.  His car is a 1990 Ford Explorer. Might be time to upgrade. 

5. Kaufusi led the nation with four blocked kicks. Expect the Ravens to use his 6-foot-6 height on special teams. He played soccer and basketball growing up with helped his footwork.

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Ravens trade down twice, steer clear of Jack, Spence

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Ravens trade down twice, steer clear of Jack, Spence

The Ravens passed on drafting linebacker Myles Jack and outside linebacker Noah Spence on Friday, trading back twice early in the second round with two of the top remaining defensive players still available to them.

Steering clear of Jack and Spence leaves the Ravens open to second-guessing, but it’s clear the Ravens had issues with both of them. Jack is dealing with a knee injury and Spence has been dogged by off-field concerns.

Jack was considered a top-10 talent and was frequently linked to the Ravens in the first round in many mock drafts. But concerns over Jack’s knee – which he exacerbated when he said before the draft that he might ultimately need microfracture surgery – sent Jack tumbling all the way out of the first round. Many teams were concerned with the condition of Jack’s knee, but passing on a player considered to be one of the top defensive talents in the draft when healthy is definitely a gamble.

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The Ravens dealt their No. 36 pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who promptly selected Jack, the versatile linebacker from UCLA. The Ravens, who moved to the No. 38 spot, picked up a fifth-round pick in the deal.

Then before their pick at No. 38, the Ravens traded down again, dealing that pick to the Dolphins for the No. 42 pick and a fourth-round pick.

Spence was selected at No. 39 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Jaguars, who selected defensive back Jalen Ramsey one pick before the Ravens in the first round, wind up with both Ramsey and Jack, who two weeks ago were both considered top-10 players.

As for Spence, who made a predraft visit to the Ravens, he was dismissed from Ohio State after failed drug tests and ended his career at Eastern Kentucky, where he had 11 ½ sacks last season.

Both Jack and Spence seemed to fit the mold of what the Ravens were looking for, but it’s obvious that the Ravens also had enough reservation to look elsewhere.

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