BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 11, 2013, 12:01 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- NEW YORK - The New York Knicks will have Carmelo Anthony back from a one-game suspension when they host the Chicago Bulls, who have already beaten them twice and frustrated Anthony into an ejection in the last meeting.

- LOS ANGELES - Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder return to Staples Center to take on Kobe Bryant and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers, who have lost five straight.

- Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA are trying to figure out where they're heading this season. The tradition-rich programs are unranked together for the first time in more than two decades after slow starts and inconsistency fueled by inexperience, players adjusting to new roles and injuries.

- BEREA, Ohio - Rob Chudzinski dreamed of playing for the Cleveland Browns as a kid. It didn't happen, but he's getting to do the next best thing after the 44-year-old was hired as the club's 14th coach and given the task of turning around one of the NFL's most storied franchises.

- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta receivers coach Terry Robiskie constantly talks to Julio Jones during games. They discuss everything that's taken place and what might happen next. In his second year with the Falcons, Jones says he's grateful to have a position coach so dedicated to his success. Robiskie credits Jones' approachable attitude with making their relationship special.

- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama holds a news conference for juniors declaring for the NFL draft. Tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker have all been considering the move for the two-time defending national champions.

- HONOLULU - Scott Langley, who had a 62 in his rookie debut on the PGA Tour, had a one-shot lead over fellow rookie Russell Henley going into the second round of the Sony Open.

- BUFFALO, N.Y. - With the NHL lockout nearly over, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is expected join his teammates for an informal practice to prepare for training camp and the start of the regular season. Miller will be in the spotlight for several reasons. He was an outspoken critic of the NHL during the lockout. And the Sabres are counting on him to be their workhorse.