BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
- After a scramble to finish the regular season, baseball's playoffs are finally on deck. With 10 teams left, here are 10 questions to carry fans through October.
- TORONTO - The Orioles led the majors in homers this season and the Blue Jays were fourth. But pitching, not power, is likely to decide Tuesday's wild-card game between AL East rivals.
- SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants have a way of thriving in even-numbered years. Well, it's 2016 and their postseason chase begins Wednesday in New York against the Mets in the NL wild-card game.
- Two managerial moves: Walt Weiss is out as manager of the Rockies after four seasons; Rick Renteria gets a second chance to manage in Chicago - this time with the White Sox as the successor to Robin Ventura.
- The Supreme Court leaves in place rulings that found the NCAA's amateurism rules for big-time college basketball and football violated antitrust law. The suit originally was filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and others.
- WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejects a long-shot appeal from the Washington Redskins challenging a law that bars offensive trademarks. But the justices could still resolve the same issue in another case.
- MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings, backed by a dominant defense and one of three unbeaten clubs in the NFL, play a New York Giants team that is 2-1 and led by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
- Not since Tim Tebow's welcome-to-the-NFL moment six years ago has a quarterback tried to trot into the end zone and taken such a blast. The Panthers' Cam Newton didn't protect himself, and he paid the price with a concussion.
- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots begin anew with Tom Brady, who has completed his four-game ''Deflategate'' suspension and rejoins a banged-up team that leads the AFC East.
- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Broncos have another quarterback quandary: Go with Trevor Siemian, who 4-0 as a starter, or rookie Paxton Lynch, who was strong in relief of Siemian on Sunday?
- CHASKA, Minn. - His shirt soaked with champagne from a rare American victory in the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson already is looking toward the next one.
- College football coaches appreciate how Twitter allows them to show their personality to fans and recruits, but they're also wary. Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly understand that all too well.
- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 1 Alabama has dismissed overmatched competition and survived SEC West challenger Mississippi. Now comes a much tougher stretch - No. 16 Arkansas, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 8 Texas A&M.
- NHL previews of the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference.
- LONDON - Ex-U.S. national soccer coach Bob Bradley is hired by Swansea, becoming the English Premier League's first American manager.