Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
- DENVER - Sunday's AFC title game, the 17th edition of Manning vs. Brady, will place either the Denver Broncos or New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 3:05 p.m.
- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on the Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC title game for a berth in the Super Bowl. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.
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- A lookahead to the matchup in the Super Bowl. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos after conference title games.
- MELBOURNE, Australia - A frustrated Novak Djokovic survives a five-setter against Gilles Simon, spraying 100 unforced errors on Rod Laver Arena before reaching the quarterfinals for the 27th consecutive Grand Slam. SENT: 800 words, photos.
- MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to renew their long rivalry in Australian Open quarterfinal. SENT: 550 words, photos.
- OAKLAND, Calif. - The defending champion Warriors began the season with an NBA-record 24-0 start and they still can't shake the San Antonio Spurs, who show up at Oracle Arena on Monday night riding a 13-game winning streak and determined to snap Golden State's 38-game unbeaten run at home in the regular season. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
- BLACKSBURG, Va. - No. 2 North Carolina seeks its 11th consecutive victory when it faces surprising Virginia Tech. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.
- ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Rickie Fowler wins the Abu Dhabi Championship for his fourth worldwide victory in nine months, shooting a 3-under 69 in his final round to win by one stroke. SENT: 620 words, photos.
- ST. PAUL, Minn. - Max Aaron seeks to win his second national title in the long program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, while Ross Miner, Adam Rippon and 16-year-old Nathan Chen will look to overtake him. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 2 p.m.