BC-AP Sports Preview Digest - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
December 7, 2013, 12:33 pm

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Ohio State can make this easy. Win their conference title games and they are all but certain to play for the BCS championship next month in Pasadena, Calif.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston leads heavily favored and top-ranked Florida State against No. 20 Duke in the ACC championship game. Game starts 8 p.m.

- INDIANAPOLIS - Ohio State has spent all season chasing a national championship. First, the Buckeyes need to defeat No. 10 Michigan State for the Big Ten title. Game starts 8 p.m.

- ATLANTA - No. 3 Auburn meets No. 5 Missouri in a surprising matchup for the Southeastern Conference championship and a possible spot in the BCS title game. Game starts 4 p.m.

- TEMPE, Ariz. - Defending champion No. 7 Stanford looks to earn a return trip to the Rose Bowl with a victory over No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship game. Game starts 7:45 p.m.

- LAKE LOUISE, Alberta - Lindsey Vonn figures she'll be less nervous and more aggressive in the second race of her comeback from major knee surgery - a World Cup downhill. Race starts 2:30 p.m.

- BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway will be the overwhelming favorite in a World Cup super-G on a course perfectly suited for him. Race starts 12:45 p.m.

- THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods has a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson going into the third round of the World Challenge, where Woods is a five-time winner.

- KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City play for the MLS Cup. Real Salt Lake won the title in 2009 and Sporting Kansas City in 2000. Game starts 4 p.m.

- TUCSON, Ariz. - With the prospect of moving to the top of the rankings after No. 1 Michigan State's loss to North Carolina, the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats play UNLV. Game starts 5:15 p.m.

- COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - FIFA switches start times of seven World Cup matches, including the U.S. vs. Portugal on June 22 in Amazon, to avoid the afternoon heat.

- JOHANNESBURG - Mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, South Africa has decided sports will carry on to celebrate the inspiring legacy of its former president.

- LAUSANNE, Switzerland - IOC President Thomas Bach tells the AP that India could be kicked out the Olympics by Tuesday unless it complies with ethics rules.

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