BC-AP Sports Digest

Published: January 1, 2014

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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TOP STORIES

HKN–WINTER CLASSIC

ANN Arbour, Mich. — Before an expected record crowd of more than 105,000, the Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs in wind and swirling snow at the Winter Classic on Michigan’s campus. The game begins with temperatures in the low teens. Lots of snow is shovelled off the ice during early stoppages in play. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1:30 p.m.

FBN–TEXANS-O’BRIEN

HOUSTON — Bill O’Brien worked closely with Tom Brady when he was a Patriots assistant. He’s now set to return to the NFL to coach Houston, and he’s a long way from Brady. The Texans have the No. 1 draft pick, and O’Brien might well find himself having to groom a rookie quarterback. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC–T25-ROSE BOWL

PASADENA, Calif. — No. 4 Michigan State faces No. 5 Stanford in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl. The Spartans (12-1) return to Pasadena after a 26-year absence for what’s expected to be a defensive showdown with the Cardinal (11-2), who won this game last year. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC–T25-FIESTA BOWL

GLENDALE, Ariz. — No. 6 Baylor takes its high-scoring offence to the desert, where it will face No. 15 Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl, the first BCS appearance for both teams. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

FBC–T25-CAPITAL ONE BOWL

ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 8 South Carolina makes its second Capital One Bowl appearance in three seasons when it takes on No. 19 Wisconsin. The Badgers are playing in a non-BCS bowl for the first time in three seasons following three straight appearances in the Rose Bowl. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words. Game started 1 p.m.

FBC–T25-GATOR BOWL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — No. 23 Georgia and Nebraska play in the post-season for the second consecutive year, this time in the Gator Bowl. The Bulldogs beat the Cornhuskers 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl last season. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started noon.

FBC–T25-OUTBACK BOWL

TAMPA, Fla. — Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings makes his first college start, leading No. 14 LSU into the Outback Bowl against Iowa. LSU is the only team to have beaten Auburn this season and is looking to finish with 10 wins. Iowa has bounced back after a 4-3 start, winning four of its last five. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

FBC–HEART OF DALLAS BOWL

DALLAS — North Texas makes its first bowl appearance since 2004 when it faces UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The game is only 45 miles from North Texas’ Denton campus and where the Mean Green seniors wanted to be for their only bowl game. This is UNLV’s first bowl since 2000. By Schuyler Dixon. 750 words, photos. Game started noon.

– Also:

– NEW ORLEANS — FBC–T25-Sugar Bowl. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– IRVING, Texas — FBC–T25-Mizzou’s Big 12 Reunion. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photos.

– STILLWATER, Okla. — FBC–T25-Cotton Bowl-Chelf’s Chance. SENT: 700 words, photos.

– FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — FBC–T25-Ohio St-Spence. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 400 words, photos.

– NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — FBC–T25-Auburn-Coates. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

NEW/DEVELOPING

OBIT-DAVE MARTIN

ATLANTA — Longtime AP photographer Dave Martin collapses on the field at the Chick-fil-A Bowl after taking one of his signature photos: the coach getting doused by his players. Martin, who covered Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf oil spill and Iraq war, had an apparent heart attack. He was 59. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CAR–SCHUMACHER-INJURED

GRENOBLE, France — Michael Schumacher remains in stable condition and in a medically induced coma, but the brain injury to the Formula One great is still critical, his manager says. Schumacher, who turns 45 Friday, struck a rock while skiing on a family vacation in the French Alps. By Graham Dunbar and Sarah DiLorenzo. SENT: 400 words, photos.

NFL

FBN–PRO PICKS

Only one road favourite for this weekend’s wild-card games, and it’s the team that lost — barely — in last February’s Super Bowl. That the San Francisco 49ers are favoured at Lambeau Field might be shocking to some. It shouldn’t be. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 600 words, graphic, photos.

FBN–PICK 12-PLAYOFF IMPERFECTIONS

The team that eventually wins the Super Bowl will be the one that somehow finds a way to compensate for its weaknesses. Each of the dozen playoff teams is vulnerable — from a deficient defence in Denver to a sputtering offence in Seattle. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN–DOLPHINS COLLAPSE

MIAMI — Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been meeting with his top advisers before deciding whether to fire anyone after the team’s late-season collapse, the AP is told. The meetings resume Thursday, and a decision could come then. By Steve Wine. SENT: 400 words, photos

– Also:

– KANSAS CITY. Mo. — FBN–Chiefs-Stopping Charles. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– INDIANAPOLIS — FBN–Colts-Lucky Stars. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos by 6 p.m.

– METAIRIE, La. — FBN–Savvy Saints. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

– SANTA CLARA, Calif. — FBN–49ers-Bowman’s Year. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

– GREEN BAY, Wis. — FBN–Packers-Rodgers. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

– CINCINNATI — FBN–Bengals-Dalton’s Time. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY–HKO-US MEN’S TEAM

ANN Arbour, Mich. — The roster is announced for the men’s Olympic hockey team at the Sochi Games after the NHL’s Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich. Of particular note will be which goaltenders make the cut. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

OLY–HKW-US WOMEN’S TEAM

U.S. women’s hockey team for the Sochi Olympics is announced after the Winter Classic. Many of the players are expected to be from the team that won the silver medal at the Vancouver Games. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

OLY–SPD-US SPEEDSKATING TRIALS

KEARNS, Utah — The final two spots for Sochi are up for grabs as the men’s 10,000 metres and women’s 5,000 are held as the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8:30 p.m. Races start 3 p.m.

– Also:

– OLY–IOC-Bach. SENT: 250 words.

GOLF

GLF–DUKE’S JOURNEY

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Wayne Duke was diagnosed with scoliosis when he was in the seventh grade. A 16-inch rod was inserted in his back to correct the curvature in his spine. Now he’s 44 and a PGA Tour winner, and soaking in the wonders of the blazing blue Pacific as a new year begins. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

– Also:

– GLF–Tournament of Champions-Snedeker. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

TENNIS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SERIES ROUNDUP

BRISBANE, Australia — Roger Federer shows some of Stefan Edberg’s influence in his 2014 debut, advancing to the Brisbane International quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jarkko Nieminen. Federer is now coached by Edberg, a six-time major winner. By John Pye. SENT: 700 words, photos.

– With:

– DOHA, Qatar — TEN–Qatar Open. SENT: 120 words, photos.

– BEIJING — TEN–Shenzhen Open. SENT: 150 words, photos.

– CHENNAI, India — TEN–Chennai Open. SENT: 250 words.

OTHER NEWS

– SAO PAULO — SOC–WCup-Stadiums. World Cup stadium symbolically delivered before deadline, but work not completed. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 350 words.

– LONDON — SOC–Euro Rdp. Euro Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea — the top three teams in the Premier League — win on a busy New Year’s Day schedule. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — JUM–Four Hills Tour. Austria’s Thomas Diethart wins second stage of Four Hills ski jumping tour. SENT: 120 words, photos.

– LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland — XXC–Tour de Ski. Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin, Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen win cross-country Tour de Ski races. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CAPSULES

– BKN–NBA Capsules.

– HKN–NHL Capsules.

– FBC–Bowl Capsules.

– BKW–Top 25 Capsules.

Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Dallas at Washington, 6 p.m.

Indiana at Toronto, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Denver, 9 p.m.

Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

NHL

Toronto vs. Detroit at Ann Arbor, Mich., 1:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

College Bowls

Heart of Dallas Bowl, UNLV vs. North Texas, at Dallas, noon

Gator Bowl, Nebraska vs. Georgia, at Jacksonville, Fla., noon

Capital One Bowl, Wisconsin vs. South Carolina, at Orlando, Fla., 1 p.m.

Outback Bowl, Iowa vs. LSU, at Tampa, Fla., 1 p.m.

Rose Bowl, Stanford vs. Michigan State, at Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.

Fiesta Bowl, Baylor vs. Central Florida, at Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 21 San Diego State at Colorado State, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Connecticut at Central Florida, 4 p.m.

No. 7 Louisville at Temple, 4 p.m.

15:38ET 01-01-14

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