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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- NEW YORK - The AP releases its first regular-season college football rankings. Poll sent about 2 p.m.

- NEW YORK - Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic tries to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal, facing China's Peng Shuai at the U.S. Open. Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki highlight night play.

- U.S. captain Tom Watson announces his three Ryder Cup picks. On the European side, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher are selected.

- RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks and Packers open the NFL season Thursday night, nearly two years since their ''Fail Mary'' game in which a disputed touchdown was scored on the final play.

- The AP Pro32 preseason NFL power rankings are released, with Super Bowl participants Seattle and Denver again expected at the top. Rankings sent by 5 p.m.

- PHILADELPHIA - Is Nick Foles a franchise quarterback or was his sophomore season a fluke? The answer will determine how far the defending NFC East champion Eagles go this season.

- EAST LANSING, Mich. - The idea that Michigan State's defense needs to carry the Spartans is rapidly losing steam. Quarterback Connor Cook is putting up numbers that are downright gaudy.

- New Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer hits the big stage, with the Hokies looking to show they are indeed an elite team again when they play at No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday night.

- BILBAO, Spain - After rallying in the second half to erase a halftime deficit against Turkey, the U.S. returns from a day off to face winless New Zealand in the Basketball World Cup. Game started 11:30 a.m.

- PHOENIX - The Phoenix Mercury, winners of 15 in a row at home, play the WNBA defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the decisive game of the Western Conference finals. Game starts 9 p.m.

- ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Ivory Coast will allow the Sierra Leone soccer team to enter the country after Ebola fears put this African Cup qualifier in doubt.

- VIENNA - Austrian skier Marlies Schild retires, ending a career in which she overcame serious injuries and set the women's record for most World Cup slalom victories.

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