BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

- NEW YORK - One win from the NL Championship Series, the New York Mets start hometown rookie Steven Matz against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 4. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

- CHICAGO - John Lackey looks to keep the St. Louis Cardinals' season alive when he faces the Cubs in Game 4 of the NL Division Series. Jason Hammel starts for Chicago. Game starts 4:37 p.m.

- COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier says he is retiring immediately as South Carolina's football coach because his 2-4 team has ''slipped'' and ''it's my fault.''

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals forced a Game 5 in the AL Division Series, and will have Johnny Cueto on the mound for the decisive game Wednesday night against the Houston Astros.

- TORONTO - After losing the first two games, the Blue Jays won the next two and are now back where they want to be - in Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday.

- The NFL acknowledges that one of the game officials should have noticed that 18 seconds were incorrectly run off the clock late in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-20 victory at San Diego.

- NEW YORK - A look at who's up and who's down in this week's AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. To be released by about 3 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - USC returns to practice one day after coach Steve Sarkisian is fired for a troubling appearance at the school. The Trojans, under interim coach Clay Helton, next play at No. 14 Notre Dame.

- GAINESVILLE, Fla. - No. 8 Florida turns to quarterback Treon Harris now that Will Grier is suspended one year for violating the NCAA's policy on PEDs.

- EAST LANSING, Mich. - After struggling through close victories at the start of the season, Michigan State prepares for its biggest challenge yet - slowing Jim Harbaugh and surging Michigan.

- MINNEAPOLIS - The Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx settle the WNBA Finals with a decisive Game 5 on Wednesday night.

- OAKLAND - Despite winning an NBA title behind an MVP performance from Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors believe they just scratched the surface of what they can accomplish on offense.

- SANDY, Utah - The U.S. men play Canada in a third-place game of a CONCACAF Olympic qualifier. The winner faces Colombia in March for a spot at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Game starts 7 p.m.

- HARRISON, N.J. - The U.S. hosts Costa Rica in the teams' last exhibition before they start 2018 World Cup qualifying. The Americans are coming off a loss to Mexico at the Rose Bowl. Game starts 6:30 p.m.

- SHANGHAI - Roger Federer loses to a 70th-ranked Spanish qualifier in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters. Federer hadn't played since the Davis Cup the week after the U.S. Open.

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