BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– TORONTO – Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey starts for the Blue Jays, who trail 2-1 entering Game 4 of the ALCS. The Kansas City Royals go with Chris Young, twice a teammate with Dickey. Game starts at 4:07 p.m.

– CHICAGO – Jacob deGrom goes for his third win of the playoffs, trying to put the New York Mets ahead 3-0 in the NLCS. Kyle Hendricks starts for the Cubs. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

– CHICAGO – Wrigley Field is in the playoff spotlight. It’s a park where balls disappear in ivied walls and where owners of apartment buildings across the street inform renters of the distance to home plate.

– LAS VEGAS – Former NBA star Lamar Odom leaves a Las Vegas hospital and is taken by helicopter to the Los Angeles area to continue his recovery, a family representative says.

– The escort who wrote a book about Louisville basketball finds it difficult to believe coach Rick Pitino did not know that an ex-staffer hired her and others to strip and have sex with former recruits and players.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Top college basketball players rarely stick around for long these days. But in the Big 12, most of the best players are back from last season, making it perhaps the nation’s toughest league.

– NBA team capsules, broken down by the league’s six divisions.

– The Colts’ attempt to fool the Patriots with a fake punt might not have been the dumbest call or execution of a play in NFL history, but it certainly ranks up – or down – there in the litany of failures.

– RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks are 2-4 and might be the NFL’s biggest underachievers. Coach Pete Carroll says he’s never had a team this talented struggling so much to win.

– NEW YORK – The latest AP Pro32 power rankings are released following Week 6 of the NFL season. About 3 p.m.

– ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Three days after Michigan’s startling loss in the last seconds to Michigan State, coach Jim Harbaugh awaits questions on the baffling play that cost the Wolverines certain victory.

– An unpredictable first half of the college football season has put a few surprising names in the Top 25. Consider No. 18 Memphis, No. 19 Toledo, No. 21 Houston, No. 22 Temple and No. 25 Pittsburgh.

– ZURICH – FIFA is sticking to its presidential election date in February, with uncertainty surrounding Michel Platini’s candidacy and Asia’s top soccer official edging closer to entering the race.

– JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius spends the day at his uncle’s mansion after being moved from jail to house arrest. Prosecutors want the runner to go back to prison for much longer for killing his girlfriend.

– SEATTLE – The U.S. women await the next stage of their World Cup victory tour – a stop in Seattle for a match against Brazil and Shannon Boxx’s farewell to the national team.