BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants hope the tricky winds, oddly angled walls and home-field advantage will help them as the World Series shifts to AT&T Park for Game 3 with the series tied 1-all. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

- CINCINNATI - Lauren Hill had made her choice. She would play basketball at Mount St. Joseph's, a Division III school. Soon afterward, she started feeling bad and got tests that found an inoperable mass in her brain. She's got only a few months to live, but the NCAA made a special exception to give her a better shot at a chance to play in at least one game.

- CLEVELAND - All hail King James. With an undeniable hold on the NBA, LeBron James rules the league. He sets the tone on and off the floor. James, who re-signed with the Cavaliers this summer, has become a one-man business conglomerate. He recently surpassed Tiger Woods in brand value and his return has given this city an emotional and financial boost.

- Calling it the Wild West just doesn't do it justice anymore. The NBA's Western Conference just gets better and better each year and it may take 50 wins to get into the playoffs.

- The Eastern Conference runs through Cleveland again with LeBron James back home. The Cavaliers' biggest challenge will come from the Bulls, who won 48 games last season without former MVP Derrick Rose. And at the other end of the spectrum, there should be no shortage of contenders for the last playoff spot in the conference.

- RIDGEWAY, Va. - Very few predicted Carl Edwards or Ryan Newman would make it to the third round of NASCAR's playoffs. Yet here they are with their title hopes very much alive at Martinsville Speedway.

- BATON ROUGE, La. - Favored against LSU for the first time in 15 years, third-ranked and unbeaten Mississippi heads to Death Valley intending to take down the No. 24 Tigers on Saturday night. LSU has played better lately, though, and enters the game with confidence and motivated by revenge.

- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - No. 6 Oregon looks to keep its playoff hopes alive when the Ducks visit California in a game to be played at Levi's Stadium. Game starts 10 p.m.

- SINGAPORE - Serena Williams makes the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earns the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball. Williams' fortune was at the expense of Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova.

- ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, is among four players tied for the lead going into the second round of the McGladrey Classic.

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