BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 4, 2012, 12:16 pm
Share This Post

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

- Baseball's new playoff format offers a pair of winner-take-all wild-card games Friday night. Great drama for the fans, for sure. But is it fair?

- SAN FRANCISCO - Call this baseball's depleted postseason. Almost every club headed to the playoffs has dealt with a devastating loss of some sort.

- ST. LOUIS - The Arizona Cardinals try to become the first 5-0 team in the NFL. They face a St. Louis Rams team that is 2-0 at home under new coach Jeff Fisher. Game starts 8:20 p.m.

- ARLINGTON, Texas - The Rangers never expected to be in this spot. The two-time defending AL champions lost their division lead to Oakland and await a wild-card game against Baltimore.

- ATLANTA - The Braves easily claimed the top NL wild-card spot, but now it must beat the Cardinals, who knocked the Braves out of the playoffs on the final day last season.

- BOSTON - A day after the end of a disastrous season - 93 losses and a last-place finish - the Boston Red Sox may decide to dismiss manager Bobby Valentine.

- SALT LAKE CITY - No 13 Southern California plays at Utah for the first time in 95 years, with the Trojans trying to get back in the national championship title race after a loss last month. Game starts 9 p.m.

- CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Shawn Eichorst resigns as Miami's athletic director, the latest blow to a department bracing for NCAA sanctions, the AP is told.

- SUZUKA, Japan - Michael Schumacher is retiring from Formula One again. The 43-year-old seven-time F1 champion will leave at the end of the season because he's not sure he has the ``motivation and energy.''

- LAS VEGAS - Defending champion Kevin Na highlights the start of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Nick Watney and Jason Day are the only players ranked in the top 30.

- MINNEAPOLIS - The defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx play the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Game starts 8 p.m.

- PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Former star Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell his famed bloody sock to raise money for his failed video-game company.