BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
January 2, 2013, 11:46 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:

- NEW ORLEANS - No. 4 Florida meets No. 22 Louisville in the 79th Sugar Bowl. The Gators seek their 12th victory of the season while the Big East champion Cardinals look to prove they can play with one of the best teams in the Southeastern Conference.

- Back when college football was considered the domain of eastern blue bloods, Notre Dame and Alabama were upstart teams that gave the working fan a chance to tweak the elite. About 90 years later, the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide are the elite, playing in a title game matchup that looked like a classic the minute it was set.

- SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Oregon and Kansas State had their national title hopes dashed on the same day. The fifth-ranked Ducks and seventh-ranked Wildcats ended up with a nice consolation prize: facing each other in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night in one of the most anticipated bowl games of the season.

- INDIANAPOLIS - Andrew Luck has been breaking records and pulling off late comebacks all season. Now as the rookie quarterback heads into his first playoff game, he's starting to master the art of being an NFL quarterback. For the first time all season, Luck has gone three straight games without an interception.

- ASHBURN, Va. - If there's one rookie immune to playoff pressure, it would almost certainly have to be Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who embraces the spotlight and plays better when the games are bigger.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Peyton Manning has gone a whole season talking about getting better every week, knowing that this week would finally come. It's playoff time - time for the Broncos quarterback to find out if his move to Denver will net the Super Bowl title he came here for.

- STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pennsylvania's governor says he intends to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA in an effort to overturn what he said were ``harsh penalties'' against Penn State because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

- SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Seventh-ranked Syracuse begins its final season in the Big East, hosting Rutgers as Orange coach Jim Boeheim goes after victory No. 903, which would break a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men's coaches.

- OAKLAND, Calif. - The Clippers look to bounce back a night after their franchise-record 17-game winning streak was snapped in Denver. Los Angeles (25-7) and the Golden State Warriors (21-10) are two of the NBA's most surprising teams this season.