BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 24, 2012, 12:08 pm
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Some of the stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

- SAN FRANCISCO - Justin Verlander tries to deliver another dominant postseason performance when he starts for the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series. Barry Zito, left off the roster when San Francisco won the title two years ago, pitches for the Giants. With running copy, sidebars on each team. Starts 8:07 p.m.

- SAN FRANCISCO - This sure is going to be a very hairy World Series. Tigers slugger Prince Fielder sports a dynamic double of dreadlocks and an overgrown beard. San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence is looking seriously scraggly. And not to forget injured Giants closer Brian Wilson, who helped begin baseball's latest beard brigade two Octobers ago with his unforgettable, dyed jet-black facial fuzz. Early story to be send before game.

- NEW YORK - The NHL's New York Islanders have agreed to move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center from Long Island as early as 2015, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. A news conference is set for 1 p.m.

- LONDON - IOC President Jacques Rogge defended the international cycling union's anti-doping efforts Wednesday and said it would be wrong to kick the sport out of the Olympics in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

- UNDATED - Few outcomes seem to be a certainty in today's NFL, where any club can beat another on any given Sunday. The closest thing to a lock might very well be Thursday night games: Home teams are 6-1 in those matchups this season, and 20-4 over the past three years. Avoiding travel helps, clearly, on those short weeks that players say are really tough on their bodies.

- MINNEAPOLIS - A preview of Thursday night's game matching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the surprising Minnesota Vikings.

- AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner Picks the Pros for this weekend's games.

- AP College Football writer Ralph Russo makes his picks for this weekend's Top 25 games.

- Pre-entries are set for next weekend's Breeders' Cup races, with eight defending champions returning to the two-day racing extravaganza at Santa Anita Park, including defending Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta.