BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– TORONTO – The Blue Jays return home for Game 3, down 2-0 to the Royals in the ALCS. Marcus Stroman starts for Toronto while Johnny Cueto goes for Kansas City. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
– TORONTO – Politics crosses paths with baseball Monday when Canada holds federal elections. Says Toronto manager John Gibbons: ”I don’t get into politics. If we were 2-0 up, I might have a comment.”
– CHICAGO – The Cubs trail the Mets 2-0 in an NLCS that shifts to Wrigley Field for the next three games. It doesn’t get easier for Chicago on Tuesday night when New York starts Jacob deGrom.
– LAS VEGAS – Lamar Odom’s family says the former NBA player is ”getting stronger and reaching significant milestones in his recovery.” Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel a week ago.
– PHILADELPHIA – Eli Manning and the first-place New York Giants (3-2) go for their fourth straight win, facing Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and the rival Philadelphia Eagles (2-3). Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Colts punter Pat McAfee called it one of the worst fake punts ever. Coach Chuck Pagano called it a mistake. However it’s described, the botched play won’t soon be forgotten in Indianapolis.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers have their signature win, beating nemesis Seattle to validate their unbeaten record. Next up are nationally televised night games in the next two weeks.
– CINCINNATI – The Bengals are reaching unaccustomed heights. They are 6-0, and they last time they had such a start they made it to the Super Bowl.
– ST. PAUL, Minn. – The NFL goes before an appeals court, contending the judge who rejected the league arbitrator’s decision to uphold Adrian Peterson’s suspension should not have intervened.
– TCU’s Trevone Boykin is separating himself from the nation’s elite quarterbacks. He’s the only one to exceed 500 yards in total offense three times. No other quarterback has done it more than once.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 8 Alabama has won its last four games by an average of 23 points since its only defeat. Next challenger: Tennessee.
– ZURICH – Saying he has been ”dragged through the mud” in the FIFA investigation, Michel Platini believes he has not lost support in his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of soccer’s governing body.