BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– MEXICO CITY – The NFL plays a regular-season game in Mexico City for the first time in 11 years. Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders face the Houston Texans in a game in high altitude between first-place teams. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys can now turn from Tony Romo and concentrate on Dak Prescott. Prescott is four wins shy of Ben Roethlisberger's rookie record of 13 straight wins from 12 years ago.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five Panthers players are in the NFL concussion protocol, including former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly. How are the concussions, and their long-term impact, affecting their teammates?
– THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Aside from the gut-wrenching finish, Jared Goff's debut for the Los Angeles Rams didn't look much different from the rest of the team's disappointing season with Case Keenum at quarterback.
– The idea was to put some excitement into NFL extra points. On Sunday, it became unwise to head to the fridge when the kickers came in. A dozen times in Week 11, those 1-pointers became no-pointers.
– The AP releases its second regular-season Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball.
– NEW YORK – Baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for 2017 is announced, with Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero up for consideration for the first time. Announcement at noon.
– ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Canada's Mackenzie Hughes holes an 18-foot par putt from off the green to win the RSM Classic and become the first rookie in 20 years to go wire-to-wire for his first PGA Tour victory.
– AUSTIN, Texas – Texas football coach Charlie Strong discusses his future, even after his athletic director called reports of his firing rumors. The Longhorns are 5-6 and Strong is 16-20 in his three seasons at Texas.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 1 Alabama doesn't need to beat No. 16 Auburn to make the SEC championship game – or perhaps even the playoffs – but that doesn't make the Iron Bowl any less important.
– SEATTLE – No. 6 Washington and No. 23 Washington State meet in the Apple Cup on Friday. Only six times in the 109 years of the rivalry game have both been ranked at the time.
– NEW YORK – Two weeks ago, the Rangers were playing nearly unbeatable hockey and scoring seemingly at will. Now, New York must confront two key injuries and its first losing streak of the season.
– MOSCOW – It's been the team of KGB spies, goalkeeping great Lev Yashin and Putin-era state capitalists. But Dynamo Moscow is in deep trouble. So much so the government says it won't allow the soccer club to die.