Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– TORONTO – The Blue Jays try to even their series with Texas, and will have big-hitting Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista in the lineup following injuries in the ALDS opener with Texas. Game starts 12:45 p.m.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals, with Johnny Cueto on the mound, try to even the ALDS in Game 2. Scott Kazmir goes for the Houston Astros. Game starts 3:45 p.m.
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– ST. LOUIS – The Cubs and Cardinals give a new twist to their rivalry, meeting for the first time in the postseason. Chicago’s Jon Lester faces St. Louis’ John Lackey in the NLDS opener. Game starts 6:45 p.m.
– LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw, intent on ending his postseason failures, starts for the Dodgers against Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS. Game starts 9:45 p.m.
– ARLINGTON, Va. – A few things seem clear about the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime setup: It’ll make goalies’ stats uglier, result in fewer shootouts and force coaches to focus on defense or all-out attack.
– NEW YORK – The Islanders begin their new life in Brooklyn after 43 years on Long Island when they host Jonathan Toews and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– NEW YORK – Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks is acquitted in a case stemming from a police confrontation. His leg was fractured in the struggle outside a Manhattan nightclub in April.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Tamika Catchings and the Fever head home to host the Minnesota Lynx in Game 3 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals, which is 1-1. Game starts 8 p.m.
– INCHEON, South Korea – The International team gets back in the game against the U.S. at the Presidents Cup by winning its first session in two years. The Americans lead 5 1/2-4 1/2 entering Saturday.
– CONCORD, N.C. – With a berth into the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs at stake, the championship contenders are placing a huge emphasis on Saturday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
– INDIANAPOLIS – With a victory over the Texans, The Streak goes on for Colts – an NFL-record 16 consecutive wins against division teams.
– HOUSTON – The Texans lose again and their quarterback controversy rages. Whether it’s Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer, Houston needs to figure out a way to get back on track.
– ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Two of the nation’s top defenses meet when No. 13 Northwestern takes its undefeated record on the road to play No. 18 Michigan. With each week, the Wolverines gain momentum.
– LONDON – Sepp Blatter is still hoping to return to power as FIFA president within the next 10 days, according to an associate. Blatter was suspended for 90 days on Thursday.
– PASADENA, Calif. – The U.S., in a game that could bear on the future of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, plays Mexico at the Rose Bowl on Saturday with a spot in the Confederations Cup at stake.