BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 6 Notre Dame plays at No. 12 Clemson for the first time in nearly four decades. This time, the teams are trying to keep their perfect records and playoff projections alive. Game starts 8 p.m.
– ATHENS, Ga. – No. 8 Georgia looks to gain a major edge in the SEC when it takes on No. 13 Alabama. The Tide is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start in the league since 1990. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
– Three other key college games: No. 3 Mississippi vs. No. 25 Florida (7 p.m.); No. 14 Texas A&M vs. No. 21 Mississippi State (7:30 p.m.); No. 15 Oklahoma vs. No. 23 West Virginia (noon).
– An ex-Louisville basketball staffer brought escorts to dorm parties and paid for the women to strip and have sex with Cardinals recruits, their fathers and players, according to a book by an escort that is now online.
– ARLINGTON, Texas – The playoff-bound Texas Rangers get another chance to clinch the AL West title. They play the Los Angeles Angels, who are a game behind for the second AL wild card. Game starts 1 p.m.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The Twins chase a wild card – their chances hanging by a thread – when they play a Kansas City Royals team pursuing home field throughout the postseason. Game starts 1:05 p.m.
– Three weeks into the NFL season and only one game – Minnesota (2-1) at Denver (3-0) – is a matchup of teams with winning records. It’s been 11 years since such an oddity.
– The Buffalo Sabres will feature the NHL’s most radically changed lineup. A look at some of the more prominent players who changed teams this offseason.
– ZURICH – Two major soccer sponsors decline to join four other top corporate backers in demanding the removal of FIFA President Sepp Blatter before the February election.
– KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The U.S. can virtually assure itself a spot in the semifinals of qualifying for the Rio Olympics with a victory over Cuba. The Americans beat Canada on Thursday night. Game starts 5 p.m.
– MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Lynx weren’t ready for the Indiana Fever in the 2012 WNBA Finals, and it cost them a title. Maya Moore says they’ll be ready in the rematch. Game 1 is Sunday.