BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

-CLEVELAND – LeBron James begins a new journey, right back where it started. Back home after four years in Miami, James plays his first regular-season game with the Cavaliers in front of fans who weren’t sure he would ever come back. By Tom Withers. Will be updated before game starts. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

– CLEVELAND – LeBron James huddles with teammates before each game, pulling them close to deliver a message. In a new TV commercial, James does the same to bring an entire city together.

– SAN FRANCISCO – Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It’s a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager. Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time – those Hall of Famers he well could join someday. Bochy doesn’t have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The question that has been asked for the last 29 years has been, ”When will the Kansas City Royals ever return to the postseason?” After coming up just short of a World Series title, now the big question is whether they’ll be back. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos developing from 12 p.m. CT. news conference.

-CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Hornets will announce a contract extension for point guard Kemba Walker, who hit two huge shots, including the game-winner in overtime, to propel the Hornets over the Bucks in the season opener on Wednesday night. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 350 words, file photos. Developing from 1 p.m. press conference.

– ARCADIA, Calif. – Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik team up in the $2 million Distaff, the richest of four Breeders’ Cup races to be run Friday on opening day of the world championships at Santa Anita. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. EDT.

– LOS ANGELES – Major League Soccer reveals the details of its plan to launch a new second team in the Los Angeles area after shutting down Chivas USA. The new club will begin play in 2017 with strong owners and plans for a soccer-specific stadium. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. PDT.