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:
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The undefeated New England Patriots host the 4-1 New York Jets in a game that will set the tone for the AFC East race. Game starts 1 p.m.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton and the Panthers look to go 6-0 for the first time in franchise history against the Eagles, who have won two straight. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
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– EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Matt Cassel will make his first start at quarterback for the Cowboys when Dallas tries to snap a three-game losing streak in a key NFC East game against the New York Giants. Game starts 4:25 p.m.
– TALLADEGA, Ala. – Jeff Gordon leads the field to green in his final race at Talladega Superspeedway, where four drivers will be cut from title contention at the end of the event. Starts 2 p.m.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The easy assumption is the Kansas City Royals are back in the World Series because they’re the same team that made it a year ago. The truth is that they’re back because of all the new faces.
– WACO, Texas – Playoff hopeful Baylor is still undefeated, but the second-ranked Bears head into the toughest part of their schedule with uncertainty after quarterback Seth Russell fractured a bone in his neck.
– GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals need a win to solidify their grip on first place in the NFC West. The Baltimore Ravens just need a win – period. The Cardinals (4-2) play their only home game over a six-week span when they face the Ravens (1-5) on Monday night.
– SINGAPORE – Maria Sharapova wins her first match since the Wimbledon quarterfinals in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against Agnieszka Radwanska at the WTA Finals.