BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
February 4, 2013, 12:06 pm
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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- NEW ORLEANS - The lights went out at the Super Bowl for 34 minutes, and now the league, the Superdome and an array of New Orleans officials confront a question: What exactly happened?

- NEW ORLEANS - The mayor of New Orleans says he doesn't think the power failure during the Super Bowl will hurt his city's chances of getting the NFL's championship game in 2018.

- NEW ORLEANS - Here's a scenario worth considering: What would have happened at the Super Bowl if the lights didn't come back on?

- NEW ORLEANS - Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and Ravens coach John Harbaugh bask in their NFL title after a night that did not include a whole lot of sleep.

- NEW ORLEANS - The 49ers were almost there. Now they must move forward with the hope of keeping their team together. A key concern is the future of backup quarterback Alex Smith.

- NEW YORK - The Ravens' victory over the 49ers sets a record for highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history. An estimate of how many people watched is expected later in the day.

- The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball, with the Indiana men set to jump to No. 1 after their victory over Michigan.

- INDIANAPOLIS - The Pacers can pull into a tie with the Bulls for the Central Division lead with a victory over Chicago. The Bulls are without injured starters Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich. Game starts 7 p.m.

- SCHLADMING, Austria - Skiing's world championships begin Tuesday, with Lindsey Vonn among the favorites in the super-G. She is only now regaining speed after a midseason break because of health problems.

- THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A match-fixing investigation uncovers more than 680 suspicious matches, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games, European police say.