BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
December 3, 2012, 12:21 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A portrait is emerging of Jovan Belcher, the Chiefs player who fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself: devoted to family and football but beset by demons.

- LANDOVER, Md. - The Giants can take a commanding lead in the NFC East by beating a Redskins team hoping to stay in the playoff chase with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- NEW YORK - Heisman Trophy finalists are announced, with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o certain to be among the candidates. Announcement about 6 p.m.

- SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Before his team faces Alabama for the national title, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly must deal with something else: a 44-day layoff.

- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ex-Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O'Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White are elected to Hall of Fame for excellence through first half of 20th century.

- The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball.

- ORLANDO, Fla. - The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport releases its annual study on the graduation rates of the teams competing in college football bowl games.

- NEW ORLEANS - Appeal hearings stemming from the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints resume in New Orleans. Among the witnesses is Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt.

- NEW YORK - NHL labor talks resume Tuesday, with six owners meeting with six players in New York in an effort to end a lockout that is threatening to scrap the entire season.

- LA QUINTA, Calif. For the last time, PGA Tour cards are at stake Monday in the final round of Q-school. Starting next year, Q-school will only award a spot in the minor leagues.

- LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The IOC begins two days of meetings Tuesday. On the agenda: drug-tainted medals from past games, ethics violations in ticket sales and suspension of national Olympic bodies.

- LONDON - Former riders and cycling officials discuss ways to revamp their sport and ensure doping is eradicated. The ``Change Cycling Now'' group includes three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond.