BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BY AP • October 14, 2017

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:

- HOUSTON - Houston's Justin Verlander looks to give the Houston Astros a 2-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series and improve to 8-0 since being traded from Detroit. Luis Severino will start for the Yankees. Game starts at 4 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the defending champion Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. The 104-win Dodgers have more rest heading into this rematch of last season's NLCS, won in six games by the Cubs. Game starts at 8 p.m.

- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 1 Alabama seeks its 11th consecutive win against slumping SEC West team Arkansas, while the Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen nurses an injured shoulder. Game Starts at 7:15 p.m.

- ATHENS, Ga. - No. 4 Georgia will look for its first 7-0 start since its last SEC championship season in 2005 when it faces Missouri, which will try to snap a four-game losing streak. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

- TEMPE, ARiz. - No. 5 Washington, which has rolled over its three Pac12 toes thus far, goes for its first win in Tempe since 2001 when the Huskies play at Arizona State. Game starts at 10:45 p.m.

- TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement tour hits Talladega Superspeedway, where NASCAR's most popular driver is beloved.

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