Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– MANKATO, Minn. – Long before quarterbacks took center stage, the NFL was a running league. From Red Grange to Jim Brown to Walter Payton to Emmitt Smith, the workhorse back has been a symbol of toughness and perseverance. Now that’s changing, and Adrian Peterson may be the last great ball carrier.
– DETROIT – In one of the most anticipated pitching matchups of the year, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez takes on Detroit’s David Price in a game between two teams in playoff contention. Game starts 7 p.m.
– SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Coach Brian Kelly is scheduled to meet with the media for the first time since news broke that Notre Dame had barred four players from practice and games while it investigates ”suspected academic dishonesty.”
– CHICAGO – Derrick Rose suits up at the United Center for the first time since his latest season-ending knee injury as the U.S. national team hosts Brazil in a tuneup for the World Cup of Basketball. Game starts 9 p.m.
– MANCHESTER, England – Louis van Gaal loses his first Premier League game at Manchester United, with Swansea winning 2-1 to become the first away team since 1972 to open the season with a victory at Old Trafford.
– BROOKLYN, Mich. – Jimmie Johnson, who won at Michigan in June, will need to reverse an unimpressive stretch of results lately if he’s going to repeat in this weekend’s Sprint Cup race.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo takes the field for the first time since injuring his back late last season as Dallas plays its preseason home opener against Baltimore and Joe Flacco, who had a solid exhibition debut a week ago. Game starts 7 p.m.
– PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Brittany Lincicome takes a three-shot lead into the third round of the LPGA Championship as Americans chase their fourth straight major title.
– GREENSBORO, N.C. – Heath Slocum and Scott Langley share the lead heading into the third round of the Wyndham Championship. Slocum is chasing his first PGA Tour win since 2010 while Langley is a second-year pro looking for his first victory.