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:
– CLEVELAND – The Indians get their second crack at ending a 68-year World Series championship drought. They start Josh Tomlin in Game 6 against Jake Arrieta, who will try to keep the Cubs' magical season alive. Game starts 8:08 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – Four months ago, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller were New York Yankees teammates. Now the two relievers find themselves the heartbeats of opposing bullpens in the World Series.
– Notre Dame is No. 1 in the AP's preseason women's college basketball poll. The Irish are followed Baylor, UConn, South Carolina and Louisville.
– Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson doesn't go out much for fear of drawing a crowd. He has become one of college football's most recognizable players, and he enters November a prohibitive favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
– The first College Football Playoff rankings are released and the four undefeated teams from Power Five conferences – Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington – are expected to hold the top spots. Rankings released about 8:20 p.m.
– MUNCIE, Ind. – In college football's lone Top 25 game, No. 17 Western Michigan plays Ball State. The Broncos have won 10 straight and are one of five remaining unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivsion. Game starts 8 p.m.
– EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Vikings couldn't have played much better before their bye week, as the last undefeated team in the NFL. They couldn't have played much worse since.
– TEMPE, Ariz. – A replay malfunction prevented a review of a fumble that resulted in the Carolina Panthers' first touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals, a person with knowledge of the NFL's handling of the matter tells the AP.
– MIAMI – More than two years after his last game, Ray Allen retires. He won championships in Boston and Miami, hit one of the most memorable shots in NBA Finals history and made the most 3-pointers in league history.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Hornets have made a big investment in center Cody Zeller, signing him to a four-year, $56 million contract extension.
– Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal can become the first teams to advance to the round of 16 in the Champions League.
– SHANGHAI – To get a sense of how much the golf landscape is changing, consider the PGA Tour schedule next year. The Asia swing in October will have as many tournaments as the Florida swing in March.
– PARIS – Tomas Berdych must reach the Paris Masters semifinals to qualify for the season-ending ATP finals. The Czech begins his bid with a second-round match against Joao Sousa.
– LAS VEGAS – The final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event plays until a champion is crowned. First prize: $8 million. Play starts 9 p.m.