BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 14, 2012, 12:16 pm
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Some of the stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

NEW YORK - Playing without captain Derek Jeter, who broke his ankle, the Yankees look to bounce back from a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Tigers in the AL championship series. Hiroki Kuroda starts Game 2 on short rest for New York against Detroit's Anibal Sanchez.

SAN FRANCISCO - St. Louis 18-game winner Lance Lynn starts Game 1 of the NL championship series for the Cardinals against the San Francisco Giants, who counter with lefty 16-game winner Madison Bumgarner in the matchup of the last two World Series champions.

HOUSTON - While the Texans (5-0) are building off last year's 10-6 record, the Packers (2-3) come into their prime-time game hardly resembling the team that won its first 13 games and finished 15-1 in 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO - Eli Manning and the New York Giants (3-2) return to Candlestick Park to face Alex Smith and the surging San Francisco 49ers (4-1) in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game. The Giants outlasted the 49ers 20-17 in overtime Jan. 22.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (2-2), playing for ill coach Chuck Pagano, are coming off an impressive comeback victory over Green Bay. They visit the struggling New York Jets (2-3), whose quarterback situation is close to reaching a boiling point.

SAN DIEGO - Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? It was the big question heading into the 1998 draft. Nearly 15 years later, Manning is still crossing paths with the Chargers. On Monday night, he'll bring his Denver Broncos to Qualcomm Stadium to face the AFC West rival Chargers.

NEW YORK - The top five in The Associated Press college football poll has been rearranged for a second straight week, with Florida, Kansas State and Notre Dame moving up in the rankings.

CONCORD, N.C. - Clint Bowyer had enough gas to get to the finish line at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then ran out of gas before he got to Victory Lane. He didn't mind walking one bit.

SHANGHAI - Novak Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before outlasting two-time defending champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters final.

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Lynx are looking to become the WNBA's first repeat champions in 10 years. They host the Indiana Fever in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.