BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
November 22, 2012, 11:46 am
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Some of the sports stories covered by The Associated Press on Thursday. A full Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:

DETROIT - The Houston Texans have put themselves in a position to be the NFL's first team to seal a spot in the playoffs. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, will have to pull off a string of upsets to reach their goal of making it to consecutive postseasons.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Robert Griffin III, the Texas-bred quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, comes to his home state for the first time as a pro for the most traditional of Thanksgiving rivalries - Cowboys vs. Redskins. Washington (4-6) needs a win. Dallas (5-5) could use one, too.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New England Patriots (7-3) are coming off a dominant performance against Indianapolis and look to keep things rolling against the AFC East rival New York Jets (4-6). The Patriots' top-ranked offense won't have high-scoring tight end Rob Gronkowski.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Doctors say famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector ``Macho'' Camacho is clinically brain dead, though they say family members were disagreeing on whether to take him off life support.

AUSTIN, Texas - No. 18 Texas gets a new Thanksgiving opponent, Big 12 newcomer TCU, as the surging Longhorns still fight for a share of the Big 12 title and a potential berth in a BCS bowl.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Brian Kelly appears to be the coach with all the right answers. Nearly every decision he's made this season has seemed to go right. Kelly has led Notre Dame from unranked in the preseason to the brink of what could be one of the best chapters in the storied program's history.

PARADISE Island, Bahamas - No. 5 Duke looks to extend its six-year winning streak in regular-season tournaments when it faces Minnesota in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.