BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The baseball playoffs open Tuesday night with the AL wild-card game. The Oakland Athletics face a Kansas City Royals team in the postseason for the first time since 1985.

- WASHINGTON - The playoffs are not only a second season but a second chance for the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera and Drew Storen to atone for past playoff failures.

- NEW YORK - Major league hitters batted .251 this year, a mark that hasn't been this low since Richard Nixon was president.

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (2-1) play the Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) in what is certain to be an energized Arrowhead Stadium. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- ALAMEDA, Calif. - With the Oakland Raiders' season spinning out of control after yet another lopsided loss, coach Dennis Allen believes there is still time to save the season.

- EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Teddy Bridgewater's first start for the Minnesota Vikings couldn't have been better - except, of course, for the sprained left ankle in the fourth quarter.

- GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Phil Mickelson delivered his most memorable shot after the Ryder Cup. Not with a club, but with his words.

- GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Paul McGinley is ready to call it a career in the Ryder Cup, and it ended on a perfect note - captain of another formidable European team.

- LOS ANGELES - Coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers reunite on eve of training camp, where they prepare to open camp with a new owner following the ouster of Donald Sterling.

- ATLANTA - With their owner trying to sell the team and the general manager on an indefinite leave, the Hawks begin training camp trying to block out a racially charged scandal.

- CHICAGO - Derrick Rose's latest comeback is again the story line for the Bulls heading into camp. Chicago also has reason to be encouraged by the addition of Pau Gasol.

- College football's spotlight falls on the SEC's Western Division on Saturday. It's the first time one division will have three league games featuring six ranked teams in one weekend.

- NEW YORK - ''We Need to Talk,'' an all-women sports talk show that is the first of its kind, premieres Tuesday amid NFL turmoil over the league's handling of domestic violence cases.

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