BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
— HOUSTON — Houston’s Justin Verlander looks to give the Houston Astros a 2-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series and improve to 8-0 since being traded from Detroit. Luis Severino will start for the Yankees. Game starts at 4 p.m.
— LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the defending champion Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. The 104-win Dodgers have more rest heading into this rematch of last season’s NLCS, won in six games by the Cubs. Game starts at 8 p.m.
— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama seeks its 11th consecutive win against slumping SEC West team Arkansas, while the Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen nurses an injured shoulder. Game Starts at 7:15 p.m.
— ATHENS, Ga. — No. 4 Georgia will look for its first 7-0 start since its last SEC championship season in 2005 when it faces Missouri, which will try to snap a four-game losing streak. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
— TEMPE, ARiz. — No. 5 Washington, which has rolled over its three Pac12 toes thus far, goes for its first win in Tempe since 2001 when the Huskies play at Arizona State. Game starts at 10:45 p.m.
— TALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement tour hits Talladega Superspeedway, where NASCAR’s most popular driver is beloved.