BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– DENVER – Peyton Manning enters a prime-time showdown between Denver and San Francisco two touchdown passes away from Brett Favre’s career record of 508. Game starts 8:25 p.m.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The signature play when the Royals won the 1985 World Series in their last trip there was umpire Don Denkinger’s missed call at first base in Game 6 that gave KC a chance. Nowadays, replay would’ve fixed that, but not then. A look back at the call with Denkinger, and how MLB has changed.

– TALLADEGA, Ala. – Defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson must win at Talladega Superspeedway to avoid being eliminated from title contention. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski are in the same predicament. Race starts 2 p.m.

– ARLINGTON, Texas – DeMarco Murray tries to become the first running back to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games as the Dallas Cowboys (5-1) seek their sixth consecutive win in their first NFC East game, against Eli Manning and the New York Giants (3-3). Game starts 4:25 p.m.

– INDIANAPOLIS – Cincinnati and Indianapolis have two of the best offenses in the NFL. The division leaders with two of the league’s best young quarterbacks meet in a game that could have long-term playoff implications. Game starts 1 p.m.

– PITTSBURGH – Josh Mauro knows he’s not J.J. Watt. Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman – a practice squad player – spent all week doing his best impression of the Houston Texans star. The Steelers (3-3) hope it pays off Monday night when they face Watt and the Texans (3-3).

– SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum was a top starter for the Giants when they won the 2010 World Series, then accepted a diminished role as a reliever when they took the 2012 title. The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched a no-hitter this summer, yet now finds himself banished to the back of San Francisco’s bullpen.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Buck Showalter knew he was in trouble when the seventh inning rolled around and his Orioles were trailing the Royals in the ALCS. His fears were realized, too, as the three-headed monster of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland kept slamming the door on every comeback.

– TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The road to the College Football Playoffs is set up to be a smooth ride from here on out for No. 2 Florida State. The Seminoles survived the last major bump in the road by holding on against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday night. FSU continues to control its own destiny and doesn’t have a single ranked opponent remaining on the schedule.