BC-AP Sports Preview Digest - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
September 4, 2013, 12:08 pm

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

- NEW YORK - Rafael Nadal plays fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo and Victoria Azarenka meets Daniela Hantuchova in quarterfinal action at the U.S. Open.

- NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is disputing assertions that the league's $765 million settlement with former players is a paltry sum compared to the sport's revenues.

- MILWAUKEE - It's over Pittsburgh. In a good way. That 20-year run of losing baseball for the Pirates has mercifully come to an end. Toast them with a pint of Iron City. Wear that 1970s-era Pirates painter's cap with pride. Celebrate the end of "The Streak." Just don't expect the Pirates to join in the fun. There's an NL Central pennant to win

- BRUSSELS - Usain Bolt says he plans to retire from sprinting after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

- ANN ARBOR, Mich. - New York real estate magnate and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross donates $200 million to the University of Michigan for its business school and athletic programs the largest single donation to the school and among the largest single gifts in higher education history.

- NEW YORK - Ben Johnson, whose 100-meter Olympic gold medal was stripped for steroids at the 1988 Seoul Games, is now leading an anti-doping campaign.

- PHILADELPHIA - At 33 years old, Michael Vick is the oldest player on the Eagles and oldest quarterback to start a season opener for Philadelphia since Ron Jaworksi in 1985. But age is just a number for Vick, who can still outrun defenders 10 years younger than him. He's rejuvenated in Chip Kelly's offense and eager to start the season. By Rob Maaddi

- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - He's the face of the Atlanta Falcons. He's set for life financially. He's firmly established as one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. Yet Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wants even more. He wants a ring. By Paul Newberry.

- FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -Rookie Geno Smith will start for the New York Jets in the season opener at home Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

- A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping. That could possibly even include information about his ex-wife and attorneys. By Jim Vertuno.

- Fred Couples and Nick Price announce their captains' picks for the Presidents Cup, with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth among those under consideration for the U.S. team.

- SAN FRANCISCO - Ten years after Team New Zealand had the America's Cup ripped away by a countryman and a European billionaire, the Kiwis are in San Francisco for a singular mission - to reclaim the oldest trophy in international sports for a sailing-mad island nation.

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