BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– CHICAGO – The New York Mets try to finish off a sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series. Rookie Steven Matz pitches for New York against Jason Hammel in Game 4 at Wrigley Field. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
– TORONTO – Up 3-1 in the best-of-seven ALCS, the Royals can secure a return trip to the World Series with a win in Game 5. Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez and the Blue Jay’s Marco Estrada face off in a rematch of the series opener. Game starts 4:07 p.m.
– SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The dynamic of the Seahawks-49ers rivalry has changed dramatically in a matter of months with the absence of Jim Harbaugh trying to outdo old nemesis Pete Carroll, and with neither team sitting atop the NFC West standings this time. Both teams are 2-4 and determined to get back in the division race when they face off Thursday night.
– FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Darrelle Revis spent his first six seasons despising the Patriots as a member of the Jets. He switched sides last season and won a Super Bowl ring. Revis is back in New York and returning to New England as the enemy – again.
– PASADENA, Calif. – The usual recent roles in the UC football rivalry have been reversed this month. California travels to the Rose Bowl on Thursday with a Top 25 ranking and Pac-12 title hopes, while UCLA is looking to right itself from a two-game skid.
– GREENVILLE, N.C. – No. 22 Temple knocked East Carolina out of the Top 25 last year. The Pirates would love nothing more than to return the favor to the Owls – who have their first ranking since 1979.
– EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson is expected to talk to the media for the first time since injuring his hip on his stunning game-winning special teams touchdown against Michigan.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – New Tennessee coach Rick Barnes appeared in ”Friday Night Lights.” First-year Alabama coach Avery Johnson spent years playing, coaching and analyzing the NBA on national TV. And Mississippi State coach Ben Howland led UCLA to three straight Final Fours. The trio bring a jolt of personality – and top-notch basketball – to the Southeastern Conference this season.
– ZURICH – German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and FIFA vice present Angel Maria Villar are being investigated by ethics prosecutors and are awaiting verdicts in their cases. Villar is serving as FIFA’s interim senior vice president while President Sepp Blatter is suspended.