BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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:

– PITTSBURGH – With Michael Vick now at quarterback, the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) play a Baltimore Ravens team that is 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. Game starts 8:25 p.m.

– NEW YORK – Needing one win to clinch their first playoff berth since 2012, the Yankees start CC Sabathia (5-10) against the Boston Red Sox in their final regular-season home game. Game starts 7:05 p.m

– ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers can’t clinch the AL West title yet, but will be assured a playoff spot with a victory over a Los Angeles Angels team in the wild-card mix. Game starts 8 p.m.

– SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Hudson makes the final start of his 17-year career when the 40-year-old starts for the Giants against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Game starts 3:45 p.m.

– HOUSTON – Jadeveon Clowney is finally healthy and playing well for the Texans. But seven games into his NFL career the linebacker who was last year’s top overall pick has no sacks.

– INDIANAPOLIS – Colts players consider Adam Vinatieri a treasure. At 42, the 20-year veteran is still kicking, playing with guys half his age and reaching milestones seemingly each week.

– CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 12 Clemson has heard plenty about Notre Dame’s receivers. The Tigers insist they’re ready for the No. 6 Fighting Irish on Saturday in Death Valley.

– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 8 Georgia plays No. 13 Alabama on Saturday, and Tide coach Nick Saban thinks the Bulldogs’ Nick Chubb and Sony Michel stack up well against any tailback tandem in college football.

– In an era when fullbacks are mostly consigned to the role of blocker, players at that position tend to be more active in Big Ten. Just ask Nebraska’s Andy Janovich.

– BEIJING – Serena Williams ends her tennis year, withdrawing from her final two tournaments. She says she needs to heal from assorted injuries and the heartbreak of coming up short in her Grand Slam bid.

– KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The U.S. and Canada open soccer qualifying for the Rio de Janeiro Games. Two teams from CONCACAF automatically qualify for next summer’s Olympics. Game starts 9 p.m.

– RIO DE JANEIRO – Many foreign buyers of tickets for next year’s Olympics are paying higher prices, failing to benefit from the sharp decline in the value of the Brazilian currency against the dollar.

– LAWRENCE, Kan. – The perfect tonic for Kansas fans weary of the Jayhawks’ 0-3 start in football: basketball. Jayhawks coach Bill Self discusses the start of practice for a season filled with big hopes.

– BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean is ready to get back to work. He hopes his players are, too, after a tough spring and a miserable summer of off-the-court problems.