BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:
- MIAMI - LeBron James has made 37 of his last 47 shots, is on a career-high shooting pace for the season and is making it look all too easy. In short, the NBA's best player is getting better.
- PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Brandt Snedeker, a runner-up in consecutive weeks to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, was tied with Ted Potter Jr. going into the third round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mickelson was six shots back.
- MADISON, Wis. - Fresh off a close win over No. 10 Ohio State, third-ranked Michigan heads to Wisconsin to face the always-tough-at-home Badgers in a Big Ten men's basketball game.
- COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 21 Missouri is unbeaten at home but coming off another tough loss on the road headed into its SEC match-up against Mississippi. Noon CST start.
- MIAMI - The Miami Marlins are getting set to report to spring training, and 2013 seems a whole lot different than 2012. A slew of high-priced players are gone, a new manager is in place and the excitement level is virtually nonexistent.
SAN FRANCISCO - From photo bombing teammates in the dugout on national television to wearing a T-shirt during the World Series parade that read ``I just look illegal,'' Sergio Romo has never been afraid to show his personality. After a dominant performance in October, Romo's role for the champion Giants will go beyond closer this season. He's one of the franchise's faces now, especially with Brian Wilson and his bushy black beard likely gone.
- SCHLADMING, Austria - Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway wins the men's downhill title at the Alpine skiing world championships Saturday after a powerful run down the Planai course that no one came close to matching. Sent.
- JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. women's soccer teams plays its first match under new coach Tom Sermanni, a friendly against Sermanni's native Scotland.
- BOCA RATON, Fla. - Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice Jr. are tied for the lead going into the second round of the Allianz Championship.
- LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Chris Mazdzer leads the U.S. men's luge team into singles World Cup competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.