BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– CHICAGO – The Dodgers and Cubs return to Wrigley Field for Game 2 of the NL Championship Series after a wild opener Saturday night. Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw goes for Los Angeles, while Chicago gives the ball to major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks. Game starts 8:08 p.m.
– CHICAGO – Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage. So if Major League Baseball was in a charitable mood, refund checks would already be in the mail for the 42,000-plus fans who packed Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs' Joe Maddon and Dave Roberts, his Dodgers counterpart, turn a game into a checkers match. An AP Sports column.
– TORONTO – The AL Championship Series could be a short one if the Toronto Blue Jays don't start hitting. Toronto has failed to take advantage of a Cleveland rotation weakened by injuries, but the Blue Jays will have another chance in Game 3 on Monday night when the Indians are expected to send Trevor Bauer to the mound.
– The AP releases its weekly Top 25 college football poll at 2 p.m.
– Folos to various Top 25 college football games.
– SEATTLE – The Atlanta Falcons, with the best offense in the NFL, face the Seattle Seahawks and their top-ranked defense in a matchup of early NFC contenders. Game starts 4:25 p.m.
– GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Dallas Cowboys and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott look to keep rolling when they visit Green Bay. The Packers' league-best run defense will be tested by Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Game starts 4:25 p.m.
– ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Colin Kaepernick makes his debut as the 49ers starter when San Francisco travels to play the Buffalo Bills, who are on a three-game roll. Game starts 1 p.m.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady looked sharp in leading the Patriots to a win at Cleveland last week in his season debut. He plays at home for the first time this season when New England hosts Cincinnati. Game starts 1 p.m.
– NAPA, Calif. – Johnson Wagner takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Safeway Open.
– LOS ANGELES – Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks try to close out the team's first WNBA championship since 2002 against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 4 of the league Finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The second of three races in the quarterfinal round of the Chase means the pressure is on for everyone besides Jimmie Johnson at Kansas. The Hendrick Motorpsorts star won last week at Charlotte, so his spot in the eight-man round is already secure. Race starts 2:15 p.m.
– SHANGHAI – Andy Murray defeats Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (1), 6-1 to win the Shanghai Masters, his second title in as many weeks and the sixth overall in what is shaping up to be his most successful season on tour.
– BELLEFONTE, Pa. – A lawsuit by a former Penn State football coach whose testimony helped convict fellow assistant Jerry Sandusky of being a sexually violent predator goes to trial Monday over allegations that the university defamed him and wrongly refused to renew his contract.