BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- DENVER - Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to flood downtown in a sea of orange and blue to celebrate the Broncos' first Super Bowl title in 17 years. Parade starts 2 p.m.

- ESPN, which drives Disney's profit engine, is facing a big challenge now that many viewers are leaving their TVs and watching programming online.

- Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team dorm.

- TORONTO - The Ottawa Senators acquire defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a nine-player trade weeks before the deadline.

- NEW YORK - A day after firing Derek Fisher, the Knicks play their first game under interim coach Kurt Rambis when they face the Washington Wizards. New York has lost five straight. Game starts 8 p.m.

- LAWRENCE, Kan. - First place in the Big 12 is on the line when No. 6 Kansas faces No. 10 West Virginia. The Jayhawks have already lost in Morgantown and trail the Mountaineers by a game. Game starts 7 p.m.

- ROSEMONT, Ill. - Villanova plays for the first time as the nation's No. 1 team when it visits DePaul. The Wildcats, the sixth school to hold the top ranking this season, have won 12 of 13. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Fame is one thing. The real challenge now for Jordan Spieth is this: He is a target for other players and the object of scrutiny by the media and public.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR outlines a new charter system that is intended to guarantee financial stability and security for teams.

- CARSON, Calif. - Jozy Altidore has watched far too many big U.S. soccer games from the sidelines over the past nine years. The striker decided to do something about it.

- The U.S. women's national soccer team is in Texas to begin its bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament starts Wednesday.


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