BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 31, 2013, 12:32 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- NEW ORLEANS - 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologizes for anti-gay comments he made to a comedian during Super Bowl media day, saying ``that's not what I feel in my heart.''

- NEW ORLEANS - The Rooney Rule is broken and needs fixing. That's how former NFL coaches Tony Dungy, Herm Edwards and Jim Caldwell feel about the rule aimed at strengthening minority hirings.

- NEW ORLEANS - Beyonce discusses her Super Bowl halftime show, but the focus will likely be on her alleged lip-synched rendition of the national anthem at the presidential inauguration.

- NEW ORLEANS - Steve Bisciotti learned much from Art Modell before taking over as majority owner of the Baltimore Ravens. Unlike Modell, however, Bisciotti shuns the limelight.

- NEW ORLEANS - It's been an exceptionally good few months for 49ers CEO Jed York. He won't be happy, however, until the 49ers are Super Bowl regulars again.

- A California man says on the ``Dr. Phil Show'' he created the hoax involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fake girlfriend because he was in love with the football player.

- PARIS - After Madrid, Milan and Hollywood, David Beckham is heading to the most fashionable destination of all. The 37-year-old former England captain reaches a five-month deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

- GREEN BAY, Wis. - Donald Driver says it's time to end an ``amazing journey.'' The Packers' all-time leading receiver is retiring after a 14-year career.

- DETROIT - There has been a spike in fights so far during the NHL's lockout-shortened season, just as there was the last time the league got a late start because of labor problems.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - With a deadline for a lease agreement with the city of Glendale to expire at midnight, prospective owner Greg Jamison has yet to complete his deal to buy the team from the NHL.