BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– ARLINGTON, Texas -The Rangers go for an AL Division Series sweep against Toronto, which lost the first two games at home. Hard-to-hit Marco Estrada pitches for the Blue Jays against Martin Perez, a somewhat surprise starter for Game 3. Game starts 8:05 p.m.
– HOUSTON – Astros ace Dallas Keuchel looks to remain perfect at home when Houston hosts its first playoff game in 10 years against the Royals in an AL Division Series tied at 1-1. Edinson Volquez will pitch for Kansas City. Game starts 4:10 p.m.
– NEW YORK – What makes a slide dirty? Did the Dodgers’ Chase Utley cross the line with his takeout that broke the right leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of their NL Division Series?
– CINCINNATI – The Bengals try for their first 5-0 start since 1988 – the last time they reached the Super Bowl – when they play the Seattle Seahawks (2-2), who have struggled on offense and won’t have injured running back Marshawn Lynch. Game starts 1 p.m.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – Tom Brady and the Patriots go for another 4-0 start in a visit to the Cowboys (2-2), who are 0-2 without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant but get key defenders Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain back from suspensions. Game starts 4:25 p.m.
– CHICAGO – One of Jake Arrieta’s six losses this year belongs to the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the bearded ace of the Chicago Cubs way back on May 7. Now Arrieta is on the mound again for Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Monday night, and the Cardinals are looking at a 2-1 deficit if they can’t find a way to get to the rolling right-hander again.
– INCHEON, South Korea – The final hour when both teams thought they had it won. The clutch putt that turned a rookie into the hero. The Presidents Cup was unlike any other over the last 10 years. Except for the outcome – another U.S. win.
– ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia coach Mark Richt discusses the future for the Bulldogs after two straight losses and the knee injury to tailback Nick Chubb.
– PASADENA, Calif. – The U.S. national team’s 3-2 loss in a Rose Bowl filled largely with Mexican fans was the lowest point in a rough year for the Americans. With little evident progress since last year’s World Cup, coach Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledges questions about his program’s direction.
– SAN DIEGO – Antonio Gates still hasn’t fessed up to what he tested positive for, but the San Diego Chargers’ star tight end took responsibility, had a verbal spat with Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe and is now ready to play football. Gates returns to action Monday night when the Chargers (2-2) face the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2), who are without Ben Roethlisberger.