BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

Editors: Resending.

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

– LOS ANGELES – Manager Don Mattingly and the Dodgers split after five years. Los Angeles has won the last three NL West titles but has not made the World Series since winning it in 1988.

– DENVER – Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy says he is gay, adding he didn’t feel comfortable coming out during the Sochi Games. His disclosure is made to the AP and ESPN The Magazine.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Blue Jays keep their fading World Series hopes alive by taking two of three in Toronto. Game 6 is Friday night in Kansas City, where the Royals took the first two games of the ALCS.

– NEW YORK – The Mets return home to await the World Series. And traveling among them may be an extraterrestrial in Daniel Murphy: ”He’s not on this planet right now,” reliever Tyler Clippard says.

– CHICAGO – Months and sometimes years of data assume added importance in the playoffs. How teams position their defense could be the difference between a World Series and a winter of regret.

– SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks look to end a two-game skid and beat the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth straight time. Game starts 8:25 p.m.

– Two college football games involving ranked teams: No. 20 California at UCLA (9 p.m.) and No. 22 Temple at East Carolina (7 p.m.).

– SOELDEN, Austria – Lindsey Vonn plans to resume training after fracturing an ankle 10 weeks ago. She is unlikely to start in Saturday’s World Cup opener.

– AUSTIN, Texas – Lewis Hamilton prepares for the U.S. Grand Prix knowing he can win another world title if he can keep the right distance between himself and Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

– LAS VEGAS – Rickie Fowler makes his first start of the season, joining a field that includes former champion Kevin Na at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open played at TPC Summerlin.

– TAIPEI, Taiwan – Ji Eun-hee of South Korea shoots a 6-under 66 in the wind for a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

– TOKYO – A gambling scandal hits Japanese baseball two days before its version of the World Series begins and as baseball is trying to rejoin the Olympics.