BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Oct. 17, 2017
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
— NEW YORK — NFL team owners meet with players, the union and Commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about the league's policy about national anthem protests as a protest started by Colin Kaepernick has mushroomed into a wide-ranging debate involving fans and President Donald Trump.
— NEW YORK — Lance McCullers Jr. starts for the Houston Astros against Sonny Gray and the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, which the Astros lead 2-1. Game starts 5:08 p.m.
— CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Dodgers try for a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series when they face the Chicago Cubs. Yu Darvish starts for Los Angeles, and Kyle Hendricks gets the ball for the defending World Series champions. Game starts 9:08 p.m.
— CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving returns to face his former team after demanding a trade over the summer as the Boston Celtics open the season against LeBron James and the new-look Cavaliers, who will try to get back to their fourth straight NBA Finals. Game starts 8 p.m.
— OAKLAND, Calif. — Finals MVP Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors receive their championship rings before the season opener against Houston as Chris Paul makes his Rockets debut. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
— In the first half of the college football season, Bryce Love became the Human First Down and Minkah Fitzpatrick became the leader of another dominant Alabama defense. In the second half, Notre Dame faces a gauntlet and the SEC is poised to have two playoff teams.
— The Associated Press releases it midseason All-America team.
— FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys return from their bye with Ezekiel Elliott suspended and on orders from the NFL to be away from the team. In New York, his legal team is trying again to get an injunction that would stop his six-game suspension.
— WASHINGTON — Auston Matthews and the young, high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs face NHL leading goal-scorer Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, who are coming off allowing eight goals in their last game. Game starts 7 p.m.