BC-AP Sports Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm •  Published: January 20, 2014

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MOSCOW — Russia's counterterrorism agency says it's studying a video posted by an Islamic militant group that asserted responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 34 people last month and is threatening to strike the Sochi Olympics. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 750 words, photos.


NEW YORK — After months of talk, the first cold-weather Super Bowl finally heads to New York and New Jersey — ready to host the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos and swarms of visitors. A look at how things are shaping up on both sides of the Hudson River, and what the weather forecast has in store. By Rick Freeman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— FBN--Super Bowl-Events Glance. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 6 p.m.



MELBOURNE, Australia — Not many thought Roger Federer would be on his way to an 18th major title at the Australian Open. But things are indeed looking better for Federer, who routed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and is in the quarterfinals with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. By John Pye. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— TEN--Australian Open-Azarenka. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— TEN--Australian Open-Murray's Racket Rage. By Justin Bergman. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— TEN--Australian Open-Notebook. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— TEN--Australian Open Glance. SENT: 250 words, photos.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Champ Bailey gets a chance to live up to his name. The 12-time Pro Bowler is heading to his first Super Bowl. In the AFC title game, he was hardly targeted by Tom Brady, covered his man and made three tackles. Says former teammate John Lynch: "Great players, when it matters most, play great." By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FBN--Patriots-Welker. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.


RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll is going back to where it started. His first chance to be an NFL head coach came with the New York Jets. Now Carroll goes back to New York with the Seahawks and a chance to win it all after a victory over San Francisco in the NFC title game. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— Also:

— NEW YORK — FBN--Championship Games-Ratings. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— NEW YORK — FBN--Super Bowl-Goodell's Seat. SENT: 120 words.



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is participating in a documentary about his father's sexual abuse case. Matt Sandusky tells the Centre Daily Times he took part in "Happy Valley" to advocate for child sexual-abuse survivors. SENT: 400 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — The NBA-leading Indiana Pacers begin a five-game West Coast trip at the Golden State Warriors, who are opening a five-game home stand and are two games out of first in the Pacific Division. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.


HOUSTON — The Portland Trail Blazers look to extend their winning streak to six games when they visit the Rockets. Houston is coming off a victory over the last-place Bucks. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words. Game starts 8 p.m.


A look at five things about the NHL since the league has been back in business for a year since the lockout ended. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



Get ready, Sochi: The Jamaicans are coming, and they're bringing their bobsled again. It's the first time the Jamaican bobsled team will compete in the games since 2002. "Oh, man, it's really overwhelming," Jamaican bobsled pilot Winston Watts. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 450 words.

— Also:

— LONDON — OLY-SKI--Vanessa Mae. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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