BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– NEW YORK – The AP releases its first regular-season college football rankings. Poll sent about 2 p.m.

– NEW YORK – Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic tries to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal, facing China’s Peng Shuai at the U.S. Open. Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki highlight night play.

– U.S. captain Tom Watson announces his three Ryder Cup picks. On the European side, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher are selected.

– RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks and Packers open the NFL season Thursday night, nearly two years since their ”Fail Mary” game in which a disputed touchdown was scored on the final play.

– The AP Pro32 preseason NFL power rankings are released, with Super Bowl participants Seattle and Denver again expected at the top. Rankings sent by 5 p.m.

– PHILADELPHIA – Is Nick Foles a franchise quarterback or was his sophomore season a fluke? The answer will determine how far the defending NFC East champion Eagles go this season.

– EAST LANSING, Mich. – The idea that Michigan State’s defense needs to carry the Spartans is rapidly losing steam. Quarterback Connor Cook is putting up numbers that are downright gaudy.

– New Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer hits the big stage, with the Hokies looking to show they are indeed an elite team again when they play at No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday night.

– BILBAO, Spain – After rallying in the second half to erase a halftime deficit against Turkey, the U.S. returns from a day off to face winless New Zealand in the Basketball World Cup. Game started 11:30 a.m.

– PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury, winners of 15 in a row at home, play the WNBA defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the decisive game of the Western Conference finals. Game starts 9 p.m.

– ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – Ivory Coast will allow the Sierra Leone soccer team to enter the country after Ebola fears put this African Cup qualifier in doubt.

– VIENNA – Austrian skier Marlies Schild retires, ending a career in which she overcame serious injuries and set the women’s record for most World Cup slalom victories.