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:
– SAN FRANCISCO – John Lackey is on the mound for the Chicago Cubs, who try again to reach the NL Championship Series after losing 6-5 in 13 innings to the Giants in Game 3. Game starts 8:40 p.m.
– LOS ANGELES – The Washington Nationals, yet to win a postseason series, can make the NLCS with a Game 4 victory over Los Angeles. Game 1 winner Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers on short rest. Game starts 5:05 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – Terry Francona has made all the right moves this season for the Indians. Cleveland's manager was never better than during a three-game sweep of Boston that sends the Indians into the ALCS for the first time since 2007.
– BOSTON – After providing so many huge hits for the Red Sox, winning three World Series titles and becoming a beloved figure in Boston, David Ortiz closes his 20-year career with the Fenway Park chanting ''Thank you, Pa-pi!''
– ATLANTA – Brian Snitker will return as manager of the Braves in 2017. Atlanta finished last in the NL East but won 20 of its final 30 games.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – They made it to the Super Bowl last season. Now everything is fast unraveling for the Carolina Panthers, who are 1-4 and in danger of not making the playoffs.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos, coming off their first loss, are without coach Gary Kubiak but hoping quarterback Trevor Siemian, tight end Virgil Green and tackle Donald Stephenson can play Thursday night at San Diego.
– PHILADELPHIA – Eagles tackle Lane Johnson is suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. This is his second suspension and one more would cost him two years.
– CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Penguins raise their fourth Stanley Cup banner Thursday night at their season opener, but they'll do it without Sidney Crosby. The two-time MVP again has a concussion and is out indefinitely.
– Connor McDavid dazzled during the World Cup of Hockey and reminded people he might be one of the best players in the NHL at just 19. His season with the Edmonton Oilers begins Wednesday night.
– The challenge for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson as he chases the Heisman Trophy is to maintain front-runner status while playing games that will not be drawing much attention.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The Los Angeles Sparks play the Minnesota Lynx in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. Los Angeles won the opener of the best-of-five series 78-76. Game starts 8 p.m.
– ROME – Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics is over, with Italy's Olympic committee yielding because of staunch opposition from the city's mayor and city council. Three candidates remain: Los Angeles; Paris; Budapest, Hungary.
– MOSCOW – Vladimir Putin says exemptions for banned drugs for therapeutic reasons give an unfair advantage. The Russian president suggests that athletes who use them should be excluded from major competitions.
– CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Joel Berry II might have been North Carolina's best guard for the final month or so of last season. Now he's the guy in charge in the backcourt for a team with aspirations of making it back to the Final Four.