BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 23, 2013, 11:56 am
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Chicago Cubs never even watched Colin Kaepernick throw a baseball before drafting him in the 43rd round almost four years ago. They did watch him throw a football for Nevada and decided that told more than enough. They just couldn't convince him to switch sports.

- MOBILE, Ala. - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton holds a news conference from the Senior Bowl a day after his reinstatement following a season-long suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty program.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Teenager Sloane Stephens stuns her childhood idol, Serena Williams, to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open. The 19-year-old American wins 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 as Williams struggles with a back injury.

- CINCINNATI - Commissioner Bud Selig visits Cincinnati to announce that the Reds will host the 2015 All-Star game, their first since 1988.

- SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento Kings host the Phoenix Suns in their first home game since the NBA announced a pending purchase agreement that would move the team to Seattle next season.

- BEREA, Ohio - Fired after six seasons as San Diego's coach, Norv Turner is getting a fresh start as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He'll work under new coach Rob Chudzkinski, who just three years ago was on Turner's staff with the Chargers.

- PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins look for their first 3-0 start in 18 years when they host Toronto in their home opener.

- NEW YORK - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o tells Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist but maintains that he had no part in creating the hoax.