BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 7, 2013, 12:11 pm
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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:

- MIAMI - No. 1 Notre Dame goes for its first national title since 1988 while No. 2 Alabama eyes its third crown in four years when two storied schools meet in the BCS championship game. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- MIAMI - The final AP Top 25 football rankings are released after the BCS championship.

- TROY, Mich. - While lawyers work on the language of the new labor agreement, NHL players intensify their workouts while those overseas make plans to come back to North America.

- ASHBURN, Va. - The Redskins await the results of an MRI on Robert Griffin III's right knee, which he re-injured twice during the loss to Seattle. The quarterback defends his decision to stay in the game.

- ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills introduce Doug Marrone as their coach. He inherits a team that has not been to the playoffs since 1999.

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One week after Andy Reid was fired following 14 seasons in Philadelphia, the former coach of the year is introduced as the coach of the Chiefs. News conference 2 p.m.

- The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball.

- KAPALUA, Hawaii - The scheduled Monday finish of the Tournament of Champions has turned into a Monday start. The PGA Tour tries again to start its season with 36 holes.

- HOUSTON - The Texans' most lopsided loss of the season came at New England. Houston now gets a second chance against the Patriots.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Avoiding the bye-week blues is crucial for the Broncos, who await a Baltimore Ravens team coming off a victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers are home to face the Packers in the divisional playoffs, a rematch of the season opener won by San Francisco at Lambeau Field.

- RENTON, Wash. - After 29 years, the Seahawks figured out how to win in the postseason. That experience will now be put to the test in Atlanta.

- STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Bill O'Brien says his love for coaching Penn State outweighed a desire for a big NFL payday. His comments come a year to the day after he was introduced as coach.

- EUGENE, Ore. - Chip Kelly and Oregon are right back where they started. Kelly flirted with three NFL teams over three days before deciding to stay with the Ducks.

- KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After producing the national champion and the first three picks in the NBA draft last year, the SEC has taken a big step backward this season.

- ZURICH - Lionel Messi is expected to win FIFA's player of the year award an unprecedented fourth straight year. The Barcelona great is heavily favored to beat Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo.