BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- The Associated Press announces its college football player of the year. Announcement 2 p.m.

- LONDON - The far-reaching fallout from FIFA's decision to send the World Cup to Russia and Qatar has brought down another two voters - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini - but not the hosts themselves.

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- BOCA RATON, Fla. - Toledo plays in its fifth bowl game in the last six years when it faces No. 24 Temple in the Boca Raton Bowl. Game starts 7 p.m.

- BOISE, Idaho - Akron, going for its first bowl victory in school history, faces Chuckie Keeton and Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potatoes Bowl. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

- Shootouts might steal the bowl-season headlines, but there are plenty of top defensive players left to watch during the remaining postseason games - led by Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib.

- The losses in the year in sports were marked by the deaths of Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Frank Gifford, Moses Malone, Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ted Ginn Jr. is making plays for the Carolina Panthers and has 10 touchdowns, which is why the team is able to endure some of his easy drops that could go for other scores.

- PITTSBURGH - The Steelers have scored 30-plus points in six straight games, a streak they'll look to continue next weekend at injury depleted Baltimore.

- CINCINNATI - In the only college basketball game featuring two ranked teams, No. 11 Iowa State plays No. 22 Cincinnati. Iowa State (9-1) is coming off its first loss of the season. Game starts 7 p.m.

- RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's attorney general is investigating bribes allegedly paid to a top government official to facilitate contracts to build venues and other works for next summer's Olympics.

- Major golf championships produce shots often are as memorable as the image of the winner holding the trophy. Then there are shots that stand out only to the player. The year's three champions talk about both.

- NEW YORK - NBA referee Gediminas Petraitis has made the call - he's becoming an American citizen. Petraitis is to be naturalized Tuesday in Maryland, where his father had begun officiating games.