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:
- CHICAGO - People who really ought to know better say what happened to Notre Dame's Manti Te'o has happened to them, and they believe it happens much more often than people care to admit. It's just human nature. We watch the news that matches our political beliefs. We discount viewpoints we don't like. We ignore good advice and miss red flags, so we can continue to believe in something we want to be true.
- BALTIMORE - Earl Weaver, the fiery, Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died. Sent. Will be updated.
- Now that Lance Armstrong has admitted that he's a doper, many of those who saw their lives changed are going through a gamut of emotions. Some feel vindicated, others remain vengeful. Some are sad, while others are simply done with Armstrong.
- ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons will be playing in the NFC championship game for only the third time when they host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, a matchup of teams that come into this game from very different historical perspectives.
- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - A year after a brutal last-minute loss in the AFC Championship game, Baltimore is back, looking for a reversal of fortune and a spot in the Super Bowl for the first time since winning it in 2001. If the Ravens fall again, Lewis' superb 17-year career as the NFL's best linebacker of his era will end as he retires.
- Manti Te'o and Notre Dame look to put the embarrassing and confusing dead girlfriend hoax behind them after he admits he ``catered'' some of his answers about her, perpetuating the myth that he was leading his team through a double dose of heartbreak
- LOS ANGELES - The Kings' long-delayed celebration is finally on. Before the defending Stanley Cup champs play Chicago on Saturday, they'll finally get to raise the banner they won and get their rings. Game starts 3 p.m. EST.
- EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 18 Michigan State shoots for its fifth straight win, and most impressive since beating No. 4 Kansas two months ago, when it hosts No. 11 Ohio State in a matchup of Big Ten teams with only one loss in conference. Game starts 6 p.m. EST.
- INDIANAPOLIS - For most of the past decade, No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 13 Butler have built their resumes around taking big-conference opponents. On Saturday, two of America's best and hottest teams face each other at Hinkle Fieldhouse in a mid-majors clash for the ages. Game starts 9 p.m. EST.
LA QUINTA, Calif. - James Hahn tries to remain atop the Humana Challenge in only his third PGA Tour event, with fellow rookie Russell Henley fighting to remain in contention and Phil Mickelson needing another solid round to make the cut. By John Nicholson.