BC-AP Sports Digest

Published: December 31, 2013

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOP STORIES

CAR–SCHUMACHER-INJURED

GRENOBLE, France — Michael Schumacher has a second operation after a brain scan shows small, “surprising” signs of improvement, but doctors still have no prognosis for the Formula One great. Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, struck his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps. By Graham Dunbar. 500 words, photos.

– With:

– SKI–Brain Injuries-Coming Back. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBC–T25-BCS CHAMPIONSHIP

LOS ANGELES — Florida State and Auburn reach their destination. The top two teams in the country arrive in Southern California, a week away from playing in the BCS championship game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. FSU arrives 7:15 p.m., Auburn 9:15 p.m.

– With:

– LOS ANGELES — FBC–T25-Auburn Arrives. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, by 10 p.m.

– TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FBC–Florida St-Fisher Contract. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 10 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tuesday Games

FBC–T25-CHICK-FIL-A BOWL

ATLANTA — In what could be his final college game, Johnny Manziel leads No. 20 Texas A&M against No. 22 Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Duke is looking for its first bowl win since 1961. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

FBC–ADVOCARE V100 BOWL

SHREVEPORT, La. — Two of the nation’s top running backs — Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey and Boston College’s Andre Williams — meet when the Wildcats and Eagles play in the Advocare V100 Bowl. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 12:30 p.m.

FBC–T25-SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas — No. 17 UCLA plays Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl. UCLA is seeking its first 10-win season since 2005 and hasn’t won a bowl since the 2009 season. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has his team in a bowl game for the 21st consecutive year. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.

FBC–LIBERTY BOWL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mississippi State’s chances of a fourth straight winning season depend on whether it wins the Liberty Bowl over Conference USA champion Rice, which is seeking a school-record 11th victory. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.

Wednesday Games

FBC–T25-ROSE BOWL

PASADENA, Calif. — The 100th edition of the Rose Bowl is a throwback matchup between No. 4 Michigan State and No. 5 Stanford. They’re both dominant defensive teams with run-first offences and the patience to grind out a win. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC–T25-CAPITAL ONE BOWL

ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 8 South Carolina and No. 19 Wisconsin meet in the Capital One Bowl. The Badgers, usually Rose Bowl regulars, are playing in a non-BCS bowl for the first time in three seasons. The Gamecocks came up just short of a spot in the SEC title game. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 700 words, photos.

– Separate stories on the four other bowl games: Heart of Dallas (UNLV-North Texas); Gator (Nebraska-Georgia); Outback (Iowa-LSU); Fiesta (Baylor-UCF).

NEW/DEVELOPING

HKN–WINTER CLASSIC

ANN Arbour, Mich. — The NHL is hoping bigger is better Wednesday at its annual Winter Classic, where more than 100,000 fans are expected to watch the Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

– With:

– DETROIT — HKN–Alumni Game. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. Doubleheader started 1 p.m.

FBC–ESPN-TEBOW

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow says he is not done with the NFL even though helping ESPN launch the SEC Network was too good an opportunity to pass up. Tebow stresses he will keep training in hopes of returning to the NFL as a quarterback. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.

BKN–TRAIL BLAZERS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — In a matchup of Western Conference powers, Kevin Durant and the Thunder play the Trail Blazers. Oklahoma City has won nine of 10 and leads the Northwest Division, with Portland 1 1/2 games behind. Game starts 8 p.m.

COMMENTARY

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KAPALUA, Hawaii — Four years ago, with a major championship lineup of courses that favoured Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus said it would be a “big year” for Woods if he was going to break Nicklaus’ record. The same might be true for 2014, but Woods’ age (38) might be as important as where the majors are played. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

– With:

– GLF–Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words.

NFL

FBN–EAGLES-FACING BREES

PHILADELPHIA — No team allowed more yards passing than the Eagles this season. No quarterback has had more seasons of 5,000 yards passing than Drew Brees. Philadelphia will have to find a way to slow the Saints’ air show to have a chance in their NFC wild-card game Saturday night. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN–CHIEFS-AROUND THE BLOCK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Only seven players are left on the roster who have been with the Chiefs since the 2008 season. In that span, there’s been four coaching changes. Yet for Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson and the rest, this season has made those lean years well worth it. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– Also:

– MINNEAPOLIS — FBN–Vikings-Coach Search. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — FBN–Jets-Ryan-Idzik. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– CLEVELAND — FBN–Browns-Coaching Search. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

– OWINGS MILLS, Md. — FBN–Ravens-Harbaugh. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

– JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — FBN–Jaguars-Jones-Drew. By Mark Long. SENT: 500 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC–OBIT ORR

DES MOINES, Iowa — Johnny Orr, the fist-pumping basketball coach at Iowa State and Michigan, dies at 86. He led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994. He spent 12 seasons at Michigan, where he guided the Wolverines to the national title game in 1976. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BKC–T25-OHIO ST-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ohio State, unbeaten and ranked No. 3, plays Purdue in a Big Ten opener. The Boilermakers, yet to lose at home this season, are playing for the first time in nine days. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

BKW–BIG EAST-HOPE

NEW YORK — With the start of play this weekend in the women’s Big East, there is a feeling of hope around the conference. That’s something new for the 10 teams, who all have a legitimate chance to win the regular season or tournament titles now that Connecticut is no longer around. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m.

TENNIS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SERIES ROUNDUP

BRISBANE, Australia — Serena Williams plays her first match of the season, a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International. The top-ranked woman went 78-4 last season and won two major tiles. She hasn’t lowered her expectations for the year ahead. By John Pye. 650 words. photos.

– With:

– DOHA, Qatar — TEN–Qatar Open. SENT: 400 words, photos.

– BEIJING — TEN–Shenzhen Open. SENT: 100 words, photos.

– CHENNAI, India — TEN–Chennai Open. SENT: 200 words.

FEATURES

FBN–SUPER BOWL 2014-OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS

The circumstances and stages, of course, are different. But while the NFL is preparing to host its marquee game in the cold and outdoors, the NHL has been there. With its Winter Classic, the NHL has been pulling off this sort of thing for quite a few years. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m.

RUTGERS-MOVING FORWARD

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers stumbled badly in a scandal-marred 2013, and it might take time to get back on track. Off the field, school officials and coaches persist in making mistakes. On the field, life will get more difficult when the Scarlet Knights enter the Big Ten in 2014. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

OTHER NEWS

– NEW YORK — BKN–Officiating Mistake. NBA says there was key officiating mistake in Mavericks-Timberwolves game. SENT: 130 words.

– COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fraud Accusations-Plea. Plea deal for man accused of multimillion-dollar frauds involving Miami Heat players. By Legal Affairs Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 300 words.

– MALMO, Sweden — HKO–World Junior. Canada beats the U.S. 3-2 at world junior hockey tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos.

– LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland — XXC–Tour de Ski. U.S. cross-country skier Simeon Hamilton wins freestyle sprint for first Tour de Ski victory. SENT: 130 words, photos.

– SAO PAULO — ATH–Sao Silvestre. Kenyans Edwin Kipsang, Nancy Kipron win traditional Dec. 31 street race in Sao Paulo. SENT: 120 words, photos.

CAPSULES

– BKN–NBA Capsules.

– HKN–NHL Capsules.

– FBC–Bowl Capsules.

– BKC–Top 25 Capsules.

Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Atlanta at Boston, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Indiana, 3 p.m.

Golden State at Orlando, 5 p.m.

Sacramento at Houston, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 5 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Colorado, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Edmonton at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

College Bowls

AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Arizona vs. Boston College at Shreveport, La., 12:30 p.m.

Sun Bowl, Virginia Tech vs. UCLA at El Paso, Texas, 2 p.m.

Liberty Bowl, Rice vs. Mississippi State at Memphis, Tenn., 4 p.m.

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Texas A&M vs. Duke at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 2 Syracuse vs. Eastern Michigan, 3 p.m.

No. 3 Ohio State at Purdue, 1 p.m.

No. 5 Michigan State at Penn State, 5 p.m.

No. 7 Duke at Elon, 1 p.m.

No. 11 Villanova at Butler, 7:30 p.m.

No. 13 Iowa State vs. Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Louisville at Central Florida, 5 p.m.

No. 17 Connecticut at Houston, 9 p.m.

No. 18 Memphis at South Florida, 7 p.m.

No. 19 North Carolina vs. UNC Wilmington, 5 p.m.

No. 22 Iowa vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m.

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