BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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:

– TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame in a showdown between teams looking to go to 7-0 and burnish their credentials for the first College Football Playoff. Game starts 8 p.m.

– Other key college games: No. 7 Alabama-No. 21 Texas A&M (3:30 p.m.); No. 11 Oklahoma-No. 14 Kansas State (noon); No. 12 TCU-No. 15 Oklahoma State (4 p.m.); No. 17 Arizona State- No. 23 Stanford (10:30 p.m.)

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When Alex Gordon is asked when he knew the Royals were serious about winning, he points to the winter day when he heard they traded for James Shields.

– SAN FRANCISCO – Bruce Bochy was a backup catcher, hardly Hall of Fame material. But as manager of the San Francisco Giants, he has established himself as one of the best in the business.

– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – From the artificial turf of the ballpark to its booming barbecue scene, Kansas City has changed a whole lot since the World Series was last in town in 1985.

– MOSCOW – The Russian Tennis Federation chief says his disparaging comments about the Williams sisters were meant as jokes and he doesn’t understand why he was banned for a year by the WTA Tour.

– CARSON, Calif. – Gennady Golovkin, one of boxing’s rising stars, goes after his second major middleweight title when he fights Marco Antonio Rubio in an outdoor stadium. Main bout starts about 11 p.m.

– PITTSBURGH – The New York Islanders, the only NHL team to have won all its games this season, play the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game starts 7 p.m.

– LAS VEGAS – Andrew Putnam and Russell Knox are tied for the lead entering the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Defending champion Webb Simpson is two strokes behind.