BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
November 6, 2012, 11:53 am
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:

TOLEDO, Ohio - Ranked for the first time in more than a decade, No. 23 Toledo is tested less than 60 hours after climbing into the poll, hosting Ball State in a game full of risk and reward for both teams.

METAIRIE, La. - His eight-game suspension over, general manager Mickey Loomis returns to work for a Saints franchise that needs to resolve complications with suspended coach Sean Payton's contract.

PHILADELPHIA - Andy Reid could be entering his final weeks as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are a mess and there's little hope in sight after their latest debacle in New Orleans.

A woman who presided over a pro wrestling empire (Linda McMahon) and the great-grandson of one of baseball's most august figures (Connie Mack IV) are running for U.S. Senate seats while three ex-NFL players are also up for election on a day when sports and politics meet.

NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association resume talks three days after productive discussions over the weekend, creating some optimism that perhaps a deal could soon be reached to save the already truncated hockey season.

PITTSBURGH - Thanks in part to a thriving secondary ticket market and an ever-expanding fan base, the NFL's marquee teams are finding more friendly faces than ever no matter where they go.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly isn't interested in stepping in to the debate over which teams should play in the national title game. Not so far, anyway.

LONDON - Roger Federer opens his pursuit of a seventh season-ending title by beating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 at the ATP finals. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost only eight points on his serve while converting four of his nine break points.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Robert Pera may be only 34, but the California native is bringing the same skills to the Grizzlies that helped him go from an Apple engineer to starting his own communications technology company to NBA owner.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - As it begins the first year of the post-Pat Summitt era, Tennessee wants to make sure her departure doesn't signal the end of the Lady Vols' status as one of the premier programs in women's college basketball.