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. All times EDT:

– SAN FRANCISCO – Madison Bumgarner is on the mound for the Giants when they return home and try to complete a sweep of Washington in the NLDS. Doug Fister starts for the Nationals. Game starts 5:07 p.m.

– ST. LOUIS – John Lackey starts Game 3 of the NLDS for the Cardinals, who are back home and tied 1-1 with the Dodgers. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu goes for Los Angeles. Game starts 9:07 p.m.

– LANDOVER, Md. – Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks return from their bye week to play a Washington Redskins team trying to avoid a second straight prime-time embarrassment. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

– NEW YORK – The NBA extends its television deals with ESPN and TNT for nine years. The new contracts will run through the 2024-25 season.

– MINNEAPOLIS – Adrian Peterson acknowledges he struck his son with a branch, but insists he did not commit a crime. That belief is to draw further scrutiny this week when he goes before a Texas judge.

– DAVIE, Fla. – Dolphins reserve defensive lineman Derrick Shelby is suspended indefinitely following his arrest on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and trespassing at a nightclub.

– PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleads not guilty to charges that he assaulted his wife during two arguments in July at their apartment.

– BALTIMORE – Hearing the fans at Camden Yards yell ”Cruuuuz!” on opening day convinced Nelson Cruz that he made the right decision by signing with the Orioles.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals’ Brandon Finnegan and Giants’ Hunter Strickland are just two of a handful of young players asserting themselves in the playoffs.

– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots didn’t get too low when they lost to Kansas City 41-14. Now they don’t expect to get too high after their 43-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals just six days later.

– JACKSON, Miss. – The state of Mississippi is buzzing after a weekend that turned college football upside down. Now, in a scenario almost too good to imagine, both schools are ranked No. 3.

– No. 7 Alabama must find a way to regroup in a hurry after its first defeat. The Crimson Tide can take consolation in this: They overcame regular-season losses en route to the 2011 and 2012 national titles.

– TOKYO – Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is in serious but stable condition following emergency surgery for a severe head injury after Japanese Grand Prix crash.