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:
NEW ORLEANS - A day after calling a report that said he sought help from a company which makes a product containing an NFL banned substance ``stupidity,'' Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis meets with the media.
NEW ORLEANS - In the role of New Orleans ambassador, Drew Brees is all but obligated to help his city put on a good face for the Super Bowl. Still, it's hard for the quarterback to take part in a title game in his adopted home city and not be playing in it.
NEW ORLEANS - Kyle Williams is elated, yet empty. The punt returner whose mistakes cost the 49ers a chance to win last year's NFC championship now is on a Super Bowl team. But he won't be playing against Baltimore on Sunday, and that hurts as much as his damaged left knee.
NEW YORK - Again linked to performance-enhancing drugs and sidelined for at least the first half of the season after hip surgery, Alex Rodriguez's future with the New York Yankees is uncertain.
PHOENIX - Steve Nash returns to US Airways Center for the first time since leaving the Suns to go to Los Angeles when his Lakers face the Suns in the opener of a marathon seven-game road trip.
MINNEAPOLIS - Rick Adelman makes his return to the Timberwolves bench after an 11-game absence to be with his ailing wife when Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Clippers, who have scuffled a bit with point guard Chris Paul out with a knee injury.
ASPEN, Colo. - After snowmobiler Caleb Moore's crash - along with other harrowing wipeouts - some wonder whether dialing up the degree of difficulty each year at Winter X Games improves action sports or simply make it more dangerous.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Baylor's Brittney Griner needs three points to break the Big 12 career scoring record held by Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley in the top-ranked Lady Bears' game at Texas Tech.