Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 1 Mississippi State hosts Arkansas on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs have won 10 straight games dating back to last season while Arkansas is stuck in a 16-game conference losing streak that stretches back to 2012.
OXFORD, Miss. – No. 4 Auburn and No. 7 Mississippi meet in what’s essentially a knockout game in the playoffs race. Both were among the top four teams in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.
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TEMPE. Ariz. – No. 18 Utah faces No. 14 Arizona State in a game with huge implications in the Pac-12 South Division.
NEW YORK – When Wilson Kipsang set a marathon world record in Berlin last year, he had the help of a pace-setter. The New York City Marathon, which Kipsang will run for the first time Sunday, won’t have one. And the two-time defending champ, fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, has proved he doesn’t need a ”rabbit” to post blazing fast times.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady says Peyton Manning ”does everything right.” Manning has read that Brady ”wants to play until he’s into his mid-40s … and he could probably do it.” As usual, the stars of the richest quarterback rivalry in NFL history are right on target as they look ahead to Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
ARCADIA, Calif. – Undefeated Shared Belief is the early 9-5 favorite for the $5 million Classic, with a contingent of seven 3-year-olds threatening to dominate the highlight race of the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Rosie Napravnik, who is seven weeks’ pregnant, rides in four of the nine races.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Stock cars in Cowtown or technologically advanced open-wheel cars in trendy Austin. Budweiser or champagne. Deep in the heart of Texas on Sunday, NASCAR and Formula One will have races going on at the same time. The scenes about 220 miles apart are drastically different.
CHICAGO – New Zealand’s storied All Blacks make a rate visit stateside to face Team USA at sold-out Soldier Field. The exhibition will give a snapshot of where USA Rugby – after nearly a decade of investment and effort – stands on the road back to respectability.