BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray reaches the Australian Open final for the fifth time, beating Milos Raonic in five sets. Waiting for him in the title match is five-time champion Novak Djokovic.

- RECIFE, Brazil - This city is the epicenter of the Zika outbreak. The virus is spreading like wildfire through the northeast part of the country with the Rio de Janeiro Olympics six months away.

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- The NFL releases injury data from this season.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After overcoming three torn ligaments to the same knee and battling 11 years to get to the Super Bowl, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has to play in the big game with a broken arm.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Eighteen years later, the Carolina Panthers face Peyton Manning, the quarterback they wanted so badly in the 1998 draft.

- DENVER - In 2011, the Panthers drafted Cam Newton with the overall No. 1 draft pick. The Broncos followed with Von Miller. This will now be the first matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the Super Bowl.

- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - John Scott is front and the center at the NHL's All-Star showcase. The 6-foot-8 enforcer was voted into the event by fans taking advantage of league rules.

- One of the quirks of this college basketball season is that several of the country's top scorers are 6 feet tall or shorter.

- LAWRENCE, Kan. - College basketball royalty meet at one of the game's great arenas when No. 20 Kentucky visits No. 4 Kansas on Saturday in Big 12-SEC Challenge.

- LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers, minus Blake Griffin, host Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The Lakers have lost eight straight and have the second-worst record in the NBA. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

- SAN DIEGO - Phil Mickelson heads to the easier North Course at Torrey Pines, three shots behind leaders Scott Brown and Andrew Loupe entering the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

- PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Paula Creamer is among seven players tied for the lead entering the second of the LPGA's season opener. Inbee Park has withdrawn because of back pain.

- MOBILE, Ala. - Quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett started their college careers at Florida and are now at the Senior Bowl. The two transfers get to show NFL scouts what they can do.

- Rashan Gary, the New Jersey defensive tackle and the nation's top recruit, could shift the balance of college football when he decides on which school he will attend.

- DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Chip Ganassi Racing is back at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, trying to defend its 2015 victory.