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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- NEW YORK - On his first business day as baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred talks to The Associated Press about his goals.

- CHANDLER, Ariz. - After a send-off rally in Boston, the Patriots leave town before a major snowstorm and head to the Super Bowl. Waiting for them will be more questions about deflated footballs. Arrival 6 p.m.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam - at the same time. And Venus Williams is surging, her latest Australian Open win over Agnieszka Radwanska.

- PHOENIX - The Seahawks' Malcolm Smith has gone from Super Bowl MVP to backup player who barely gets into games other than on special teams.

- PHOENIX - Super Bowl Media Day is Tuesday The silliness of this many-ringed circus raises a question: If the players and coaches don't have much to say, why should they have to participate?

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - From the NHL to spring training, this Phoenix suburb has paid dearly to become a sports destination. The lure of big-time sports can be strong, but some cite Glendale as a cautionary tale.

- The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball. Polls to be sent by 1 p.m.

- COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff chase and a mix of playoff contenders in the West, the NHL ends its All-Star break Tuesday with 11 games.

- ALAMEDA, Calif. - After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tim Brown hopes his time has arrived.

- The NFL and YouTube announce a partnership creating an official channel for the league on the video website.

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