BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
November 4, 2013, 12:21 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.

- NEW YORK - The AP announces its preseason All-America team in men's college basketball. Released at 1 p.m.

- John Fox's heart surgery and Gary Kubiak's on-field collapse raise questions about NFL coaches and what teams are doing to monitor their health.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will be in charge of the Broncos while coach John Fox is out for several weeks while recovering from an aortic valve replacement.

- GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Bears and Packers renew the NFL's oldest rivalry with two notable absentees - Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An imperfect team has a perfect record heading into its bye. The Chiefs have been lousy on offense, but one of the NFL's most opportunistic defenses has carried Kansas City to a 9-0 start.

- NEW YORK - On the first deadline day of the offseason, teams have until 5 p.m. to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to their eligible free agents.

- DETROIT - Brad Ausmus of the Tigers is the latest in a growing trend of young former players who have become managers despite limited experience running teams.

- HARRISBURG, Pa. - Two years after Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child molestation charges, the scandal continues to play out in court rooms, universities and legislatures across the country.

- PHILADELPHIA - The 76ers, one of the NBA's early surprises, try to go to 4-0 for the first time since 2000-01 when they play the Golden State Warriors. Game starts 7 p.m.

- SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Notre Dame women's basketball team will have a different look without Skylar Diggins running the point. Yet the approach remains the same - win the national championship.

- KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Bernard King discusses the racism he says he encountered while at Tennessee. King will be part of an ESPN ''30 For 30'' documentary airing Tuesday.

- BOSTON - World Series MVP David Ortiz and Red Sox teammate Shane Victorino shave their beards for charity to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Andre Johnson - WR
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Andre Johnson - WR
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Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
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