Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:
- NEW YORK - The NFL reinstates Saints coach Sean Payton after a season-long suspension for his role in team's bounty scandal. Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision comes nearly two weeks earlier than expected.
- MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic wins, will face David Ferrer in Australian Open semifinals. On tap are matches featuring Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Murray. Play starts 7 p.m.
- NEW YORK - The NFL is looking into Tom Brady's leg-up slide that hit Ravens safety Ed Reed in the AFC championship game. League spokesman Greg Aiello says ``any play of that nature is routinely reviewed.''
- BALTIMORE - NFL fans have grown accustomed to the imaginary first-down stripe on TV. The league is considering the possibility of making that line a reality at the stadium.
- STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno's supporters will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of the Hall of Fame coach with a candlelight vigil.
- LOS ANGELES - In a matchup of teams with the NBA's two best records, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder play Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
- CHICAGO - The Blackhawks, behind Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, look to go to 3-0 when they play their home opener against the St. Louis Blues. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
- LONDON - Lionel Messi and Barcelona fall from the top of The Associated Press Global Football Rankings this week and are replaced by rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.