BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– NEW YORK – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play fourth-round matches, trying to stay on track for their first matchup at the U.S. Open. Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova romps to reach the quarterfinals.
– NORTON, Mass. – Justin Thomas and Marc Leishman are in front entering the last round of the Dell Technologies Championship. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are in range.
– CHICAGO – The Cleveland Indians go for their 12th victory in a row when they open a series against the White Sox. The AL Central leaders won 14 straight last year. Game starts 2:10 p.m.
– LOS ANGELES – The Arizona Diamondbacks, winners of 10 straight and the NL wild-card leader, play a Dodgers team that that has lost eight of nine. Game starts 8 p.m.
– BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Orioles look to make up ground in the AL wild-card race against the team holding down the top spot, the New York Yankees. Game starts 2:05 p.m.
– HOUSTON – After waiting out Hurricane Harvey in Dallas and scrapping their final preseason game, the Texans are home and looking toward Sunday’s opener against Jacksonville.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck will not play in Sunday’s opener against the Los Angeles Rams because of a shoulder injury. He has not taken a snap since surgery in January.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Last season, Tom Brady missed the first four games because of ”Deflategate.” Now all he has to think about is football, awaiting the Chiefs in Thursday’s opener.
– ATLANTA – In the only college football game involving a Top 25 team, No. 25 Tennessee and embattled coach Butch Jones face Georgia Tech. Game starts 8 p.m.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After its big opening night win over Florida State, No. 1 Alabama will be heavily favored for at least the next four games.
– CLEMSON, S.C. – The celebrations are over for last year’s national champions. No. 5 Clemson starts the serious part of its season on Saturday against No. 12 Auburn.
– SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – The U.S. has little margin for error in its last three World Cup qualifiers. The work begins Tuesday afternoon in the heat and humidity of Honduras.
– DAMASCUS, Syria – In the midst of a long and ruinous war, millions of Syrians may finally have something to be joyful about. Their soccer team has a chance to make next year’s World Cup.
– BERLIN – Germany hosts Norway, looking for its eighth straight win. The Germans will advance to the World Cup with a win and if Northern Ireland fails to beat the Czech Republic.
– MONZA, Italy – Those dazzling charges are becoming a habit for Daniel Ricciardo. His latest dash in Formula One came at the Italian Grand Prix, where he finished fourth after starting 16th.