BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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:

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Noah Syndergaard, once simply a nice addition to a stable of young pitchers, now must help the New York Mets save their season Friday night against the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series.

– MIAMI – Don Mattingly is hired as manager of the low-budget Miami Marlins less than a week after splitting with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the AP is told. The Marlins have had six straight losing seasons.

– TORONTO – Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is leaving the team, rejecting a five-year contract extension. Toronto, with a new team president, was ousted from the playoffs less than a week ago.

– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady tries to lead the Patriots to a 7-0 start. They play the resurgent Miami Dolphins, who are 2-0 under interim coach Dan Campbell. Game starts 8:25 p.m.

– GLASGOW, Scotland – Two-time defending world all-around champion Simone Biles and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas go for the title at the world gymnastics championships.

– LEXINGTON, Ky. – Beholder is out of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, clearing a potential obstacle for American Pharoah. That leaves eight horses to challenge the Triple Crown winner in his final race.

– Two college football games involving Top 25 teams: No. 5 TCU vs. West Virginia (7:30 p.m.) and No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina (7 p.m.).

– Georgia Tech won a game on a touchdown off a blocked field goal. Texas State scored on a 100-yard return of a missed field goal. Coaches are now becoming wary of the risk of long field-goal attempts.

– MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s stunned, saddened players had half a day to rue coach Jerry Kill’s retirement. By Wednesday afternoon it was time to practice again.

– LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant has begun his 20th season with the Lakers. He finds it hard to believe he’s ”been in this jersey for more than half my life.”

– OAKLAND, Calif. – Luke Walton had his Golden State players fooled, presenting a calm, cool front before his debut as an NBA head coach.

– LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky basketball welcomes yet another crop of prized recruits, but coach John Calipari enters the season with a wait-and-see approach.

– SINGAPORE – Maria Sharapova reaches the semifinals of the WTA Finals and sends U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta into retirement by beating the Italian.

– NEW YORK – With less than 3 1/2 months between the New York City Marathon and the U.S. Olympic trials, most top Americans are skipping Sunday’s race – not Meb Keflezighi.

– MEXICO CITY – Formula One returns to sprawling Mexico City on Sunday. The city has been home to some of the series’ wildest and most dangerous races in its history.