Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– SAN FRANCISCO – Madison Bumgarner tries to pitch the Giants to their third pennant in five years, starting Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals and struggling ace Adam Wainwright. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In 1985, Dayton Moore watched the Royals win their only World Series from the hillside beyond the outfield fence. The general manager will have a better seat for this year’s Series.
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– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New York Jets (1-5) try to avoid a six-game losing streak, facing Tom Brady and the surging New England Patriots (4-2). Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– Autographs are an issue in college football again – a year after Johnny Manziel served a half-game suspension for his actions. Some players are taking precautionary steps.
– CORVALLIS, Ore. – In the day’s only college football game involving a ranked team, No. 20 Utah plays at Oregon State, with both schools at 4-1. Game starts 10 p.m.
– COLLEGE STATION, Texas – After consecutive tough losses, No. 21 Texas A&M looks to bounce back at No. 7 Alabama. The last time the Aggies went to Tuscaloosa they left with a victory.
– ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia coach Mark Richt expects the suspension of star tailback Todd Gurley to remain in place for Saturday’s game at Arkansas.
– More 3-pointers than ever were hoisted in the NBA last season. Everybody, it seems, is adding the shot to his repertoire. As this season nears, it’s clear the fascination with the 3 isn’t going away anytime soon.
– LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky returns six regulars from last year’s NCAA championship runner-up team. The arrival of four high school All-Americans ratchets up title expectations even higher.
– Following U.S. soccer players in Europe’s top leagues doesn’t take much time these days. Except for the goalkeepers, many Americans are struggling just to get in the game.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius must ”pay for what he’s done,” a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp testifies during the sentencing hearing for the double-amputee Olympian.