BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
November 5, 2013, 12:24 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.

- MIAMI - The disturbing situation surrounding the Dolphins and their offensive linemen highlights the long tradition of hazing in the NFL. And might it be time for Commissioner Roger Goodell to step in?

- GREEN BAY, Wis. - An update on the injured left shoulder of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He was hurt Monday night after getting pulled down from behind by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin.

- HOUSTON - Texans coach Gary Kubiak remains hospitalized with an undisclosed condition as the team waits to find out when their coach will return.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Led by Peyton Manning's Broncos, NFL teams are lighting up scoreboards like never before. All this scoring has led to a change in strategy on both sides of the ball.

- STANFORD, Calif. - No doubts anymore about coaches Mark Helfrich of Oregon and David Shaw of Stanford. The undefeated and No. 2 Ducks play at the No. 6 Cardinal on Thursday night.

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

- LONDON - Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer in his first round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals. Nadal has never won this event. He will be ranked No. 1 for the year if he wins a second match.

- The Oklahoma City Thunder have been leaning on Kevin Durant for years. But with Russell Westbrook recently back from injury and a young bench, the team is relying on him more than ever.

- SAO PAULO - Nearly 900,000 tickets are allocated to fans from 188 countries in the random selection draw for the 2014 World Cup. It's the highest number ever in the first phase of sales.

- HOUSTON - Houston-area voters could decide whether the shuttered Astrodome is saved or razed. The stadium opened in 1965 but hasn't been home to a sports team since 1999.

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Alfred Blue - RB
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Arian Foster - RB
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Alfred Blue - RB
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Andre Johnson - WR
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Arian Foster - RB
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Zac Diles - LB
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Alfred Blue - RB
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Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
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