BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:

– The latest AP Top 25 college football rankings are released.

– NEW YORK – Serena Williams tries to collect her 18th Grand Slam title and become the first woman in more than 35 years to win three consecutive U.S. Opens, facing Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

– NEW YORK – It is among the most unexpected championship matchups in Grand Slam tennis history: Kei Nishikori against Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open final. Neither is currently ranked in the top 10. Neither has previously played in a major final, let alone won one.

– DENVER – It’s Round 2 of Peyton Manning vs. his old team Sunday when the Denver Broncos open the season against the Indianapolis Colts. Only this time, it’s at Peyton’s place.

– PITTSBURGH – Johnny Manziel will start his NFL career as Johnny Backup. The Cleveland Browns open the 2014 season on Sunday at Pittsburgh, where Manziel will watch starter Brian Hoyer try to succeed where so many of his predecessors have failed: trying to be the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.

– COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was supposed to be a night of big tests for the Big Ten. If that was the case, then Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State flunked the exam. After dismal, lopsided losses, three of the conference’s bullies sustained possibly fatal blows to their hopes of being in the national title picture.

– NEW YORK – Derek Jeter is honored by the Yankees in a pregame ceremony, three weeks before the final scheduled game of the New York captain’s 20-year career.