BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals are back in the ALCS for the second straight year, starting Edison Volquez in the opener against Marco Estrada and the big-hitting Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

– NEW YORK – The Cubs and Mets open the NLCS on Saturday night, with Chicago and its rookie sluggers facing plenty of heat from New York pitching.

– CHICAGO – After more than a century of futility, Cubs fans wonder if maybe this is the season they no longer have to fear that inevitable moment when it all falls apart.

– LAS VEGAS – Lamar Odom remains hospitalized after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. The Kardashian family says it won’t be posting content online while attending to the former NBA star.

– Previews of key college games: No. 6 LSU vs. No. 8 Florida; No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Michigan; No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Alabama; No. 14 Notre Dame vs. USC; No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 20 Northwestern.

– Two Friday night college football games involving ranked teams: No. 21 Boise St. at Utah State (9 p.m.) and No. 24 Houston at Tulane (9 p.m.)

– Season previews on all NBA teams.

– LAS VEGAS – Daily fantasy sports sites are dealt a big setback, ordered out of Nevada unless they get a gambling license – a decision that will be closely watched by other states that allow gambling.

– ZURICH – Sepp Blatter says the payment to European soccer leader Michel Platini that led to them being suspended by FIFA was based on a ”gentleman’s agreement.”

– BERLIN – Germany’s winning bid for the 2006 World Cup was aided by bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members, the German newsweekly Der Spiegel reports.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – Old guys are thriving in the NFL this season. There’s Charles Woodson, Tom Brady, Matt Hasselbeck, Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, DeMarcus Ware and plenty more.

– FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons finally found a fourth-quarter deficit they couldn’t overcome. The loss to New Orleans has left coach Dan Quinn with his first loss and new concerns.

– INDIANAPOLIS – Four times in three years, the Colts defense has been run over by the Patriots. On Sunday night, Indianapolis gets another chance.

– NAPA, Calif. – Brendan Steele leads by one stroke over Jhonattan Vegas going into the second round of the Frys.com Open, the PGA Tour season opener. Rory McIlroy is five shots behind.

– INCHEON, South Korea – Lydia Ko shoots a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Ko is in position to regain the No. 1 ranking from Inbee Park.

– KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Carl Edwards has never won at Kansas Speedway, his home track. There would be no better time to do so than the win-and-advance Chase scenario facing him this weekend.

– NEW YORK – Gennady Golovkin wants to be boxing’s new star. He fights David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night in a bout important to him and his sport.