BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 30, 2012, 12:42 pm
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Some of the stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

- MIAMI - LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat hoist a championship banner, receive their rings and open the NBA season against the Boston Celtics. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - Dwight Howard and Steve Nash make their regular-season Lakers debuts, facing a Dallas Maverick team without injured Dirk Nowitzki. Kobe Bryant also might not play. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

- Organizers prepare for Sunday's New York City Marathon, facing plenty of logistical unknowns following the wreckage and havoc left by Sandy.

- The AP launches a new poll on global soccer players and teams. AP Global Soccer 10 ranks the world's top 10 players and club teams in a vote by international sports journalists.

- Baylor's Brittney Griner is a unanimous choice again on the AP's women's preseason All-America team. She is the third two-time unanimous choice, following UConn's Maya Moore and Duke's Alana Beard.

- DETROIT - Jim Leyland is returning as manager of the Tigers. The announcement comes two days after Detroit was swept in the World Series by the Giants.

- Major league baseball announces its Gold Glove winners. To be sent at 10:30 p.m.

- INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA passes a proposal that will impose tougher sanctions on schools and hold coaches more accountable for rule-breaking.

- STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Almost a year after taking over Penn State sports following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, interim department director David Joyner is optimistic about the future.

- Rory McIlroy splits with Acushnet Co., his golf equipment sponsor since he turned pro five years ago. There are strong indications he will join Tiger Woods at Nike.

- Big Ten football is down, yet fans can't seem to turn away. It's early, but TV and attendance numbers seem to be healthy for schools not accustomed to winning in the tradition-rich conference.

- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - This season is looking an awful lot like last season for the 49ers. They are 6-2 and in command of the NFC West. And quarterback Alex Smith is coming off an excellent night at Arizona.