BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 29, 2012, 12:29 pm
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Some of the stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

- SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of fans take to the streets to celebrate the Giants' World Series victory, with some turning rowdy. Fans light bonfires and riot police need to escort firefighters.

- SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants' championship formula is familiar, just with new faces all over the diamond. Stellar starting pitching, a shut-down bullpen, a late-season surge and a savvy manager.

- Indiana center Cody Zeller and Creighton forward Doug McDermott are the leading vote-getters on the AP's preseason All-America basketball team.

- GLENDALE, Ariz. - The San Francisco 49ers look to widen their lead in the NFC West, and the Arizona Cardinals try to end to a three-game losing streak and take a share of the division lead. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Star defensive end Mario Williams had surgery on his left wrist and expects to play Sunday when the Buffalo Bills face the Houston Texans.

- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Everything is pointing up for the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL's only unbeaten team has quarterback Matt Ryan playing at an elite level and its defense keeps making big plays.

- MIAMI - The NBA season opens Tuesday night, with LeBron James and the Heat getting their championship rings before Miami plays the Boston Celtics.

- HOUSTON - The Rockets introduce James Harden, acquired in a trade with Oklahoma City. Harden, last season's Sixth Man of the Year, plans to sign a long-term contract with Houston.

- ARCADIA, Calif. - Game On Dude is the likely favorite for Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Trainers Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert have 10 horses each for the year-end world championships.

- NORMAN, Okla. - Halfway through the Big 12 season, No. 3 Kansas State can eliminate nearly all of the drama from the conference title race with a win at home Saturday against Oklahoma State.

- INDIANAPOLIS - After months of debate, NCAA officials appear ready to pass sweeping changes in its enforcement policies.

- ZHENGZHOU, China - Rory McIlroy beats Tiger Woods by a stroke in a one-on-one exhibition. China has been luring top players with lucrative exhibitions as part of an effort to boost golf in the country.

- BARCELONA, Spain - FC Barcelona, the soccer team known as Barca, is a bastion of Catalan identity. And it is living up to its motto of being ``more than a club'' in this region where separatist sentiment runs deep.