BC-AP Sports Preview Digest - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
February 4, 2014, 1:05 pm

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.

- An AP poll has found that about half of Americans plan to watch the Winter Olympics that begin Thursday in Sochi, Russia. Of that group, more than two thirds says it doesn't matter to them if they learn the results of the events before watching. The poll also shows that the audience for the Winter Games is probably going to skew old, affluent and well-educated. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

- SOCHI, Russia - Vladimir Putin, rugged outdoorsman and tough-guy Russian president, promoted a cuddly image Tuesday as his Olympics drew near.

- SOCHI, Russia - IOC President Thomas Bach paid tribute Tuesday to the victims of the recent suicide bombings in southern Russia that killed 34 people and heightened security concerns for the Sochi Olympics.

- VIENNA - The Austrian Olympic Committee has received an anonymous letter from Russia containing a kidnap threat against Alpine skier Marlies Schild and skeleton pilot Janine Flock during the Sochi Games.

- The rise of Twitter has given college staffs an additional outlet to communicate during the recruiting process, but it also tempts some coaches or staffers to push the boundaries of NCAA regulations regarding what they can say about a prospect. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 6 p.m.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos clean out their lockers Tuesday, a day they'd hoped to have a parade to celebrate their third Super bowl title before their stunning loss to Seattle that will take them a long time to get over. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m. ET

- SEATTLE - This could just be the start for the Super Bowl champions. The Seattle Seahawks are still young, extremely talented and have most of their core intact for at least one more season. There will be important decisions to be made, but coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have put the franchise in position to be more than just a one-year wonder.

- BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley both intend to leave no doubt this time. Nearly two years after Bradley beat Pacman in a hotly disputed decision, the welterweights both seem uncommonly confident as they begin work for their April 12 rematch.

- ATLANTA - The Braves have reached an agreement on a two-year, $13.3 million contract with outfielder Jason Heyward, avoiding arbitration.

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