BC-AP Sports Preview Digest - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
November 18, 2013, 11:51 am

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

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots face Carolina's second-ranked defense in a prime-time showdown. The Panthers have won five straight after a 1-3 start. Game starts 8:40 p.m.

- CHICAGO - The fierce weather that halted the Bears-Ravens game for two hours raises questions about why the NFL didn't delay the game right from the start.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Broncos were far from perfect against the Chiefs, but as a double-digit win over the NFL's last undefeated team may have proved, they don't really need to be.

- RENTON, Wash. - Chuck Knox never did it and neither did Mike Holmgren. The Seattle Seahawks have never had consecutive 10-win regular seasons until now under Pete Carroll.

- DAVIE, Fla. - The NFL's special investigator looking into the Dolphins' harassment case says the team has been cooperative in preparing for his visit this week.

- NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez is back at Major League Baseball's office for the resumption of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension. It's unclear if the Yankees' third baseman will testify.

- Michigan State is in position to move to No. 1 in AP's Top 25 college basketball rankings. Connecticut remains at the top of women's poll after sweeping three ranked 25 teams.

- NEW YORK - The Portland Trail Blazers go for a seventh consecutive victory when they play a Brooklyn Nets team that's hurting and coming off a West Coast trip with only a day to rest. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 1 Alabama's underwhelming performance against Mississippi State gives coach Nick Saban plenty to harp on.

- WACO, Texas - Ranked No. 3 and featuring the nation's most explosive offense, Baylor faces a potential Big 12 title-deciding game.

- LONDON - France needs an unprecedented comeback Tuesday to avoid missing its first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 2-0.

- MADRID - Lionel Messi seems to keep getting injured these days, and the four-time world player of the year could be the one to blame for his troubles.

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