BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 6, 2013, 11:46 am
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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:

- LANDOVER, Md. - It's a playoff showdown of rookie quarterbacks when Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC's wild card round.

- BALTIMORE - Quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens host the Indianapolis Colts and rookie QB Andrew Luck in an AFC wild card playoff game with many story lines. From Ray Lewis possibly playing his final game to Chuck Pagano returning to Baltimore with the Colts, who once lived there and then sneaked out in the middle of the night to Indianapolis.

- NEW YORK - Hockey is back, and it took nearly four months and one long night to get the game back on the ice. With the season on the line, the NHL and the players' association agree on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and save what is left of a fractured schedule.

- MIAMI - Sometimes, a game has trouble living up to the hype. Certainly, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama have their work cut out when they meet Monday night for the BCS championship. These are college football's two most storied programs.

- KAPALUA, Hawaii - PGA Tour opener, take three! After two days were wiped out by high wind, the Tournament of Champions is scheduled to get under way with 36 holes. The tournament is being shortened to 54 holes.

- MOBILE, Ala. - No. 25 Kent State will be bowling for the first time in 40 years when it faces Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The Red Wolves lost to Northern Illinois in the bowl last season, but get another chance against the Golden Flashes.

- LAWRENCE, Kan. - Sixth-ranked Kansas wraps up its non-conference schedule against Temple, which earlier in the week became the sixth school to reach 1,800 wins in program history. The Jayhawks are among three with more than 2,000.

- DALLAS - Hall of Famer Larry Brown of SMU faces Tulsa's Danny Manning in just the second meeting of coaches who won a national championship together as coach and the title game's most outstanding player.

- WACO, Texas - With a chance to regain the No. 1 ranking, second-ranked Baylor plays its first Big 12 home game against No. 13 Oklahoma State. The Lady Bears have won nine games in a row since losing to Stanford, while Oklahoma State is coming off its first loss. No. 1 Connecticut lost at home Saturday.