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:

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals and Mets open the World Series, the first between expansion franchises. New York’s Matt Harvey opposes Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

– For the first time since 1987, Major League Baseball has no black managers. Lloyd McClendon had been the last until Seattle fired him this month. There are openings in Miami, San Diego, Washington and Los Angeles.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – On the NBA’s opening night, the Warriors raise the championship banner before playing New Orleans. Golden State coach Steve Kerr is sidelined with an ailing back. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

– CHICAGO – LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers open the season against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. James insists his back is better and he’s ready to go. Game starts 8 p.m.

– It’s probably not wise to count out Kobe Bryant – or any of the seven former NBA All-Stars who are at least 37 years old and expected to contribute this year.

– LEXINGTON, Ky. – Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrives at Keeneland from California in preparation for his final career start in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

– The AFC South is the NFL’s doormat. The Colts can’t beat any team outside the division. Houston, Jacksonville, and Tennessee have the look of teams battling for the first pick in the draft.

– ST. LOUIS – The NFL holds a public hearing concerning the proposal by Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move the team to Los Angeles. Meeting starts 8 p.m.

– College football’s coaching carousel is already turning. Seven jobs are open, with tradition-rich Southern California and Miami among the five available in the Power 5 conferences.

– Baylor quarterbacks have a way of thriving in coach Art Briles’ big-play system. Next up is freshman Jarrett Stidham, whose turn for the No. 2 Bears comes much sooner than expected.

– IOWA CITY, Iowa – No. 10 Iowa began this season as a national afterthought at best. Now it’s in the middle of the annual midseason debate over which teams might go undefeated.

– SINGAPORE – Maria Sharapova wins her second straight match since her return from injury, beating top-seeded Simona Halep at the WTA Tour Finals. The result keeps Agnieszka Radwanska in the tournament.

– GENEVA – Aiming to end FIFA’s ”nightmare,” former Robben Island inmate and presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa travels to Egypt to campaign for support from African soccer leaders.