BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

– NEW YORK – Down 2-0 but back home, the Mets start rookie Noah Syndergaard in Game 3 of the World Series against Kansas City. Yordano Ventura pitches for the Royals. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

– LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wedding Toast is the early 4-1 favorite for the $2 million Distaff, the highlight of four races on opening day of the Breeders’ Cup. First post 3:30 p.m.

– GLASGOW, Scotland – Japan’s Kohei Uchimura goes for a sixth straight all-around world gymnastics title. He helped Japan win its first world team title in nearly 40 years on Wednesday. Final starts 6:05 p.m.

– SEATTLE – A high school football field has become a political battleground following the suspension of an assistant coach for praying at midfield after games.

– CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers, having split their first two games on the road, play their home opener against a familiar opponent for LeBron James – the Miami Heat. Game starts 7 p.m.

– No. 21 Temple commands college football’s national spotlight this weekend when it hosts No. 9 Notre Dame in the only game matching Top 25 teams.

– FORT WORTH, Texas – If Trevone Boykin keeps playing like this, the TCU quarterback won’t need any Heisman hype. He’s scrambling himself to the top of the list of candidates.

– EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to talk for the first time about the July 4 fireworks accident that caused him to lose a finger and miss the first two months of the season.

– IRVING, Texas – Dez Bryant practices for the final time this week before the Cowboys decide whether he can return against Seattle. The star receiver has missed five games with a broken foot.

– LONDON – Sepp Blatter casts further doubt on World Cup voting, blaming Michel Platini for backing out of a secret pact to award the 2022 tournament to the U.S. and suggesting Qatar benefited from collusion.

– MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jeff Gordon has made it to the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs. A victory at Martinsville Speedway would give him a shot at his fifth championship.

– MEXICO CITY – Sergio Perez isn’t just racing this week – he’s carrying a nation’s hopes. Perez is the home-country favorite in Formula’s One return to Mexico.

– NEW YORK – Buzunesh Deba, a two-time runner-up, tries on Sunday to become the first New Yorker in more than four decades to win the city’s marathon.

– SINGAPORE – Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova advance to the WTA Finals semifinals. Kvitova will play Maria Sharapova, and Muguruza will face Agnieszka Radwanska.