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:

- PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers can set the record for longest losing streak to open a season at 19 when they play Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Game starts 7 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - The NFL's owners could take a significant step toward the league's return to Los Angeles this week, or they could decide to take another big step back. Nobody seems certain of the next move in this exhausting dance when the full ownership convenes Wednesday for its annual meeting outside Dallas.

- CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 9 North Carolina is expected to have preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year Marcus Paige back from a hand injury for its game against No. 2 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - Former major leaguer Dave Roberts is formally introduced as the Los Angeles Dodgers' manager, the first minority to hold the job in franchise history.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Panthers are the last of the NFL's unbeatens. At 11-0, does Carolina have a chance to run the table?

- OAKLAND, Calif. - Interim coach Luke Walton has the Golden State Warriors off to a record start even if he doesn't get official credit for it.

- CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's defense hasn't faced a challenge like No. 8 North Carolina and quarterback Marquise Williams in a while. And coordinator Brent Venables says the top-ranked Tigers had better be ready or their perfect, dream season could come crashing down quickly.

- IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knew before this season that only a major turnaround would appease an apathetic fan base. Few believed he could actually pull it off. That's what has made Ferentz's best season with the Hawkeyes maybe his most rewarding one.

- ALBANY, Bahamas - Tiger Woods is at the Hero World Challenge as the tournament host. Still to be determined is when he shows up at a tournament as a player.

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