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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- PHOENIX - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL: A win Sunday will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle's makeup and philosophy, the future for the franchise might be brighter than for any other club.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - As he prepared to receive the Australian Open trophy for a fifth time in five trips to the final at Melbourne Park, Novak Djokovic turned to Andy Murray late Sunday and offered his congratulations on his friend's recent engagement.

- ATLANTA - After one of their toughest tests yet, the Atlanta Hawks head into February with the NBA's best record and savoring the first 17-0 calendar month in league history.

- KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 6 Tennessee seeks to remain unbeaten in Southeastern Conference competition when it hosts No. 18 Mississippi State, which has never defeated the Lady Vols in 35 attempts.

- SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Martin Laird had a three-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama going into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

- PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome back forward James Neal on Sunday when they host the Nashville Predators. Pittsburgh shipped the All-Star to Nashville in a draft day deal last June.

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