BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
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:
— LAS VEGAS — A somber city welcomes its first major pro sports team at the Vegas Golden Knights’ home opener against Arizona. Initially planned to be a celebration of a long-awaited milestone, the game is now a tribute to the victims and survivors of the mass shooting. Game starts 10 p.m.
— WASHINGTON — As captain Sidney Crosby and coach Mike Sullivan say “there are no politics involved” in their decision to go, the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit President Donald Trump at the White House. Event begins 3 p.m.
— CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Jake Arrieta to the mound as they try to eliminate the Washington Nationals in Game 4 of their NL Division Series. Washington counters with Tanner Roark, who is from Wilmington, Illinois, 60 miles south of Chicago, and grew up rooting for the Cubs. Game starts 5:30 p.m.
— BOSTON — The Red Sox didn’t stand pat last summer, adding ace left-hander Chris Sale to a pitching rotation that already included two Cy Young winners. But injuries to David Price and others again stunted Boston in the playoffs and ended with its second straight exit in the division series. The changes this offseason could be at the top, most notably with manager John Farrell.
— PHOENIX — Though the end was tough, this was a very successful season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and their first-year regime of general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo. They won 23 more games than the previous season and had the third best record in the National League.
— COUVA, Trinidad — The United States would qualify for its eighth straight World Cup with a win over Trinidad and Tobago and also likely with a tie, but a loss could lead to elimination or a playoff next month against Australia. In other CONCACAF games, Honduras hosts Mexico and Panama hosts Costa Rica. Games start 8 p.m.
— France, Sweden, Switzerland and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are chasing berths in the World Cup. Game starts 2:45 p.m.
— South America wraps up regional qualifying for the World Cup. Only Brazil is in. Three other teams will gain automatic berths, and one more qualifies for a playoff next month against New Zealand. Most eyes are on Argentina’s match in Ecuador. In other matches, it’s Brazil-Chile, Peru-Colombia, Paraguay-Venezuela, and Uruguay-Bolivia.
— OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Iguodala wants nothing of this conversation, not if it places any credit on him for anything. He just wants to keep leading the defending champion Golden State Warriors, re-signing to stay as a key backup ready to chase another title.
— HOUSTON — Billionaire businessman Tilman Fertitta is introduced as the new owner of the Houston Rockets after buying the team from Leslie Alexander.
— CHICAGO — Despite an overall positive outlook after a loss to Minnesota in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s debut, the Chicago Bears continue committing penalties and other mistakes they must clean up before going on the road this week to face Baltimore.
— The fifth installment of the weekly AP All-America watch features a Buckeye following in his big brothers footsteps, a converted QB catching on at West Virginia and some struggles for the Heisman winner.
— The U.S. bobsled national team selection races were supposed to start last week. Then they were moved to Tuesday. Now they’ll race Friday. Maybe. Warm weather is throwing a wrench into the start of the Olympic season for sliders.