BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 31, 2012, 11:44 am
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Some of the stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

- SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants gather for the final time as a World Series champion team for a Halloween victory parade before parting ways for the winter - with questions about the futures of second baseman Marco Scutaro, center fielder Angel Pagan and several others still up in the air. Parade starts 2 p.m.

- WASHINGTON - NFL players are paying attention as Election Day approaches - just not as much as they did four years ago, when the Obama-McCain race occasionally dominated conversation in the locker room.

- AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The new-look Rockets take the court with Jeremy Lin and James Harden in their season opener at Detroit. Starts 7:30 p.m.

- NYC Marathon organizers move forward with preparations for Sunday's race with the city still devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

- Thousands of former players suing the NFL about its handling of concussions are expected to file their reply to the league's motion to dismiss the case in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

- AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner picks the pros for the games of Week 9.

- SAN DIEGO - At the last minute, a group of corporate sponsors bailed out the San Diego Chargers and guaranteed Thursday night's game against the Kansas City will be televised locally. Depending on the outcome, they might regret the decision. Already prime-time flops twice this year, the Chargers (3-4) will try to get it right against the lowly Chiefs (1-6).

- AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo makes his picks for this weekend's game involving Top 25 teams.

- BATON ROUGE, La. - The names change. The results don't. For Alabama and LSU, defense is a way of life, passed down like a rite of passage and the major reason these powerhouse programs always seem to be in the running for a national title. On Saturday night, it's the No. 1 Crimson Tide vs. the No. 5 Tigers. By National Writer Paul Newberry. AP Photos.

- NEW YORK - Time to start a New York-New York rivalry in basketball. Delayed by lawsuits and nearly postponed by a storm, the Nets are finally set to play real NBA games in Brooklyn. Their opponent in Thursday's opener is the team they requested, the Knicks, for a quick chance to win city bragging rights.

- ARCADIA, Calif. - Bob Baffert's self-described ``crazy'' year began with him surviving a heart attack in Dubai, followed by runner-up finishes in each of the Triple Crown races, surgery for his young son, his father's death, and success on the track. The Hall of Fame trainer can cap it off in style if favored Game On Dude wins the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

- A 24-year-old Maryland poker pro won the World Series of Poker main event, outlasting his final opponents in a marathon card session of nearly 12 hours for the $8.53 million title. On the last hand, winner Greg Merson put Las Vegas card pro Jesse Sylvia all-in with a king high. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.