BC-AP Sports Preview Digest - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
September 17, 2013, 11:56 am

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 EDT.

- PITTSBURGH - The Steelers are 0-2 for the first time in 11 years and hardly look like a team ready to win a game much less compete for the division title. Up next? The unbeaten Chicago Bears.

- CINCINNATI - By beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cincinnati Bengals showed they can do a lot of things this season, so long as quarterback Andy Dalton keeps his cool.

- WASHINGTON - The Nationals and Braves resume play with a doubleheader a day after a postponement because of the mass shooting at the nearby Navy Yard. Games 1:05, 7:05 p.m.

- HARRISBURG, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky seeks to have his child molestation conviction overturned, although the former Penn State football coach will not be in court. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence. SENT.

- SAN FRANCISCO - Emirates Team New Zealand leads the America's Cup 7-1 and needs two victories to wrest sailing's biggest prize from Oracle Team USA. Two races are set for Tuesday, weather permitting.

- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Texas Rangers, losers of seven in a row and clinging to a wild-card spot, face a Rays team that for now holds the other wild card in the AL. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yordano Ventura makes his big league debut for Kansas City, which is 2 1/2 games behind in the AL wild-card race. He faces an Indians team a half-game back. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

- NEWARK, N.J. - An appeals court deals another blow to New Jersey's efforts to legalize sports gambling, upholding a ruling that the state's betting law conflicts with federal law. SENT.

- LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska fans are reeling after a leaked audio goes viral of coach Bo Pelini lambasting them and two newspaper reporters in a profane rant.

- MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is expected back at work after another epileptic seizure caused him to be hospitalized during a Gophers game last weekend.

- LOS ANGELES - One day after a victory at Nebraska, a grieving UCLA team says farewell to receiver Nick Pasquale at a memorial service.

- Elena Delle Donne has led Chicago to unprecedented success this season, with the Sky making the WNBA playoffs for the first time. Now comes a tough test - defending champion Indiana.

- CERGY, France - A look at Florent Amodio, a figure skater who was born in Brazil and grew up in France. This is the third story in an AP series on how an Olympian prepares for the Sochi Games.

- CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Stanley Cup winner Tim Thomas works out for the first time with the Florida Panthers. The 39-year-old goaltender took last year off.

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