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:
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in an early showdown of AFC West contenders. Kansas City has lost six straight to Denver. Game starts 8:25 p.m.
– Nice start, Marcus Mariota. Good luck on that encore Sunday against Cleveland. You might need it. A look at some of the top opening-week rookie performances in league history, and what happened in Week 2.
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– NHL training camps open this week and shadowing the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks is the sexual assault accusation against star player Patrick Kane.
– Whether they’re crashing into bleachers or hovering above stadiums for a cool picture, drones have become semi-regular guests at ballparks. The government, police and security officials are trying to catch up.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Colby Lewis goes for his 16th victory, and the Rangers try to complete a four-game sweep of Houston. Texas has taken over the AL West lead from the Astros. Game starts 8 p.m.
– PITTSBURGH – The Cubs and Pirates wrap up a four-game series, with Pittsburgh leading the wild-card standings and Chicago next. Both are chasing NL Central-leading St. Louis. Game starts 12:35 p.m.
– MADISON, Wis. – Tanner McEvoy rarely has time to spare at No. 24 Wisconsin. The Badgers’ receiver-safety seems to have the busiest schedule among this year’s class of two-way players.
– Oregon and Nike have the market on eye-catching uniforms cornered. This weekend Adidas is making sure that Miami and Nebraska will be the stars of college football’s shoe game.
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 11 Clemson visits winless Louisville, with the Tigers trying to improve to 3-0 and the Cardinals trying to avert their first 0-3 start since 1984. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are the power group for the start of the BMW Championship. The field of 70 will be cut to 30 for the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta.
– CHICAGO – The 16 drivers racing for the championship discuss their chances before the opening round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
– SINGAPORE – Lewis Hamilton enters the race the Singapore Grand Prix in position to match the number of Formula One victories by his childhood idol, Ayrton Senna.
– DETROIT – After a late cancellation by Australia because of a labor dispute, Haiti will be the replacement opponent for the U.S. women during this stop on their victory tour. Game starts 7 p.m.
– Two WNBA playoff games: Indiana at Chicago (8 p.m.) and Tulsa at Phoenix (10 p.m.)