BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

– NEW YORK – With bad blood percolating over Chase Utley’s slide, the Mets start Matt Harvey against Brett Anderson and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of a tied NLDS. Game starts 8:37 p.m.

– NEW YORK – Chase Utley’s appeal hearing for his two-game suspension is unlikely to be heard Monday, the AP is told. That means the Dodgers second baseman could play in Game 3.

– HOUSTON – The Astros, losers of 111 games two years ago, can advance to the AL Championship Series with a victory over the Kansas City Royals. Game starts 1:07 p.m.

– ARLINGTON, Texas – R.A. Dickey, the 40-year-old knuckleballer, is on the mound for the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALDS. Toronto must win in Texas to force a deciding game at home. Game starts 4:07 p.m.

– CHICAGO – Ace Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Game 3 of a deadlocked NL Division Series. Michael Wacha goes for the Cardinals. Game starts 6:07 p.m.

– SAN DIEGO – Mike Vick and Le’Veon Bell lead the Pittsburgh Steelers against Philip Rivers and the Chargers in a game between teams that are 2-2. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton is off to the best start of his career, and the Carolina Panthers are one of six unbeaten teams in the league. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

– CINCINNATI – Led by a quarterback who is growing with each impressive victory, the Bengals are still unbeaten and doing things they haven’t done in a long time.

– IRVING, Texas – Brandon Weeden’s future as the replacement for injured Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in doubt after a lopsided loss to New England.

– LOS ANGELES – Southern California is in turmoil again after coach Steve Sarkisian left the team to deal with an apparent alcohol problem. This latest scandal heightens scrutiny of athletic director Pat Haden.

– ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan vs. Michigan State next weekend holds more than provincial interest. The Spartans are No. 7 and the Jim Harbaugh-led Wolverines are No. 12.

– CONCORD, N.C. – There’s little room for error in the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Mistakes in Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway dropped some big names to the bottom of the standings.

– INCHEON, South Korea – The Americans scored a great victory at the Presidents Cup. But to think this can carry over to the Ryder Cup is to miss the point – these two cups are nothing alike.

– ZURICH – The lack of a written contract led to the 90-day bans of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the AP is told. The two failed to provide written proof to justify a 2011 FIFA payment of about $2 million to Platini.

– INDIANAPOLIS – It’s only fitting these WNBA Finals go the distance – the Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx have played four tight games. Game 5 is Wednesday night at Minnesota.