BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Johnny Cueto takes the mound for Kansas City and Collin McHugh starts for the Astros in the winner-take-all Game 5 of their AL Division Series. The Royals rallied from a four-run deficit Monday in Houston to force the deciding game. Game starts 8 p.m.
– TORONTO – The Texas Rangers send out lefty Cole Hamels against Toronto’s Marcus Stroman in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series. The Blue Jays have won two straight after being on the brink of a sweep and could reach their first ALCS since 1993. Game starts 4:07 p.m.
– LAS VEGAS – Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom is hospitalized after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, authorities say.
– NEW ORLEANS – For the first time in a decade, the Atlanta Falcons have an opportunity to relegate their longtime rivals in New Orleans to early-season irrelevance. The Saints have held a decisive edge in this matchup since Sean Payton and Drew Brees joined the franchise in 2006, particularly in the Superdome.
– LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers are back home with a chance to close out the New York Mets in a decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series. They’re counting on Zack Greinke, the major leagues’ ERA leader who won Game 2, against Game 1 winner Jacob deGrom on Thursday.
– ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jim Harbaugh has poured all of his unique energy and relentless passion into turning Michigan around, and it has worked quicker than anyone imagined.
– STANFORD, Calif. – For all of UCLA’s success under coach Jim Mora, there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to change: Stanford’s dominance in this California rivalry. The No. 15 Cardinal host the 18th-ranked Bruins on Thursday.
– LEXINGTON, Ky. – At first glance, Kentucky coach John Calipari has assembled yet another talented roster with expectations of winning the national championship. But after losing six players from a 38-1 team to the NBA draft, Calipari is warning against expecting much initially from his young squad.
– BATON ROUGE, La. – There hasn’t been this much optimism surrounding LSU basketball since perhaps the days of Shaquille O’Neal. Led by player of the year candidate Ben Simmons, the roster assembled by coach Johnny Jones has several projected NBA players.
– NAPA, Calif. – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are playing limited golf the rest of the year. That’s not the case for Rory McIlroy, who starts a new PGA Tour season at the Frys.com Open before finishing up the old European Tour season.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever and the Minnesota Lynx meet in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, the first time a finals series has gone to Game 5 since 2009. Game starts 8 p.m.