BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– NEW YORK – The Yankees and Astros open baseball’s postseason, with 20-game winner Dallas Keuchel of Houston facing Masahiro Tanaka of New York in the AL wild-card game. Game starts 8:08 p.m.
– PITTSBURGH – The Pirates and Cubs meet in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night in an excellent pitching matchup: Gerrit Cole of Pittsburgh vs. Jake Arrieta of Chicago.
– The NHL season opens Wednesday night. Previews and capsules for all Western Conference teams.
– SEATTLE – Another Monday night in Seattle. Another officiating controversy. The Seahawks admittedly got a break when a penalty wasn’t called in their victory over the Detroit Lions.
– PITTSBURGH – Chris Boswell has never kicked in an NFL regular-season game. That didn’t stop the Steelers from signing him in hopes of finally stopping their kicking carousel.
– NEW YORK – NFL owners meet Wednesday and will consider the future of three teams eyeing a possible move to Los Angeles – the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
– PHOENIX – With a few surprises and new teams rising, this actually could be the season where parity reigns in Pac-12 football.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Derrick Henry, the 240-pound tailback and biggest offensive star for No. 8 Alabama, leaves defenders with little hope once he’s trucking down an open field.
– MINNEAPOLIS – Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx look to even the best-of-five WNBA Finals against Briann January and the Indiana Fever. Game starts 8 p.m.
– INCHEON, South Korea – The Presidents Cup turns contentious even before the first match. U.S. captain Jay Haas doesn’t understand why the number of matches was reduced from 34 to 30 this year.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – With Brazil in deep recession, Olympic organizers are trimming costs to balance their budget. Less money will be spent for next year’s opening and closing ceremonies.
– COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Already guaranteed a semifinal spot in CONCACAF Olympic soccer qualifying, the United States takes on Panama. Game starts 9:30 p.m.