BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– Notable college football games: No. 15 Texas A&M at No. 24 Mississippi (7 p.m.); No. 3 Utah at Southern California (7:30 p.m.); No. 6 Clemson at Miami (noon); and No. 9 Florida State at Georgia Tech (7 p.m.).

– The Jets play the Patriots on Sunday in what could be a defining game for coach Todd Bowles. A win over New England (5-0) establishes New York’s credentials as a contender.

– NEW YORK – Terry Collins, at 66 the oldest manager in the majors, is pushing all the right buttons. After a lifetime of baseball jobs he has the surprising New York Mets in the World Series.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The groundwork for the Royals’ back-to-back World Series runs can be traced to 2010. They traded Zack Greinke for a package of prospects that included Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain.

– The pitching-rich Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy’s power surge, await a plucky Royals team in the first World Series between franchises born in the expansion-era 1960s.

– The NBA season begins Tuesday and of paramount importance over the coming months will be the ability of teams to stay healthy. More and more, injuries are knocking out some of the game’s top players.

– TALLADEGA, Ala. – The field is set for Sunday’s playoff elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway, where four drivers will be cut from championship contention. Qualifying starts 4:15 p.m.

– GLASGOW, Scotland – The U.S. women’s gymnastics team begins defense of its world title during qualifying at the 2015 world championships.

– LAS VEGAS – Brett Stegmaier, making only his fifth start on the PGA Tour, is in front at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. His second round was cut short with three holes left because of darkness.

– TAIPEI, Taiwan – Lydia Ko leads by four shots after three rounds of LPGA Taiwan Championship. The 18-year-old New Zealander is in position to regain the No. 1 ranking.

– SOELDEN, Austria – Italy’s Federica Brignone captures the season-opening women’s giant slalom for her first World Cup victory. Mikaela Shiffrin is second and Lindsey Vonn skips the race.