BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers turn to Zack Greinke in their return home for the Game 5 of the NLDS. Jacob deGrom, who struck out 13 in Game 1, goes for the New York Mets. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Tom Brady talks with the AP about thriving under pressure, the Patriots’ unbeaten season, his relationship with wife and model Gisele Bundchen and his friendship with Donald Trump.
– LOS ANGELES – Lamar Odom’s reality TV fame was only a small part of a life spent in basketball. He won two NBA titles while earning a reputation as a smart, selfless teammate.
– NAPA, Calif. – Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose highlight the field at the Frys.com Open for the start of the new PGA Tour season.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Small ball vs. the big bats. The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays open the ALCS on Friday night in a rematch of their great 1985 showdown.
– CHICAGO – Manny Ramirez was one of baseball’s least coachable hitters. But he’s back in the game as a Cubs coach – although he’s not listed as one – and nearly all the hitters check in with him.
– NEW YORK – Just when they’d been designated automatic outs, pitchers are making an impact at the plate in the NL playoffs. Consider the batsmanship of Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom and Kyle Hendricks.
– PHILADELPHIA – Some NFL stars who switched teams may now be wishing they stayed put. There’s DeMarco Murray in Dallas, Ndamukong Suh in Miami and Jimmy Graham in Seattle.
– CINCINNATI – Andy Dalton was booed in Cincinnati this summer when the quarterback was introduced before a celebrity softball game. He doesn’t hear boos anymore, not with the Bengals at 5-0.
– A tumultuous week in college football finds interim coaches at Maryland, South Carolina, Southern California and North Texas. The trick now is to navigate the upheaval.
– STANFORD, Calif. – No. 15 Stanford plays No. 18 UCLA, with the Cardinal looking for their eighth straight win in the series. The Bruins are coming off a home loss against Arizona State. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
– GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It might be the matchup of the season: LSU running back Leonard Fournette vs. Florida’s vaunted defense when these undefeated Top 10 teams meets Saturday.
– COLUMBIA, S.C. – NASCAR points leader Joey Logano comes to flood-ravaged South Carolina, serving meals and meeting with first-responders.
– JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius can leave prison and move to house arrest next week. The amputee Olympic runner who fatally shot his girlfriend has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence.
– LONDON – The Rugby World Cup has become a contest between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The defending champion, New Zealand’s All Blacks, play France in this weekend’s quarterfinals.