BC-AP Sports Preview Digest - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 22, 2013, 11:53 am

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

- BOSTON - The Cardinals and Red Sox on Wednesday night open a World Series rich with October history: from Musial to Gibson to Pujols in St. Louis; from Williams to Yastrzemski to Martinez in Boston.

- CINCINNATI - The Reds stay in house and choose pitching coach Bryan Price to succeed Dusty Baker as manager. Price has never managed at any level. News conference 3 p.m.

- CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The NCAA rules that Miami's football team will lose nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three in connection with the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal.

- BOSTON - A year ago, the Red Sox fans were wondering if Big Papi is washed up. Now, Boston is back on top and David Ortiz is living large.

- BOSTON - Rarely has a rookie burst on the postseason the way Michael Wacha has. This young right-hander for the Cardinals has been almost unhittable lately and is the talk of October.

- The days of smash-mouth football are long gone. NFL teams have perfected the pass and are not as equipped as they used to be when it comes time to getting a key yard on the ground.

- INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts have rallied round Reggie Wayne for years. Now, for the first time since he became a major contributor, Indianapolis will learn what life is like without their star receiver.

- AUBURN, Ala. - No. 11 Auburn is no longer an afterthought to Alabama, but a legitimate Southeastern Conference contender. It's a remarkable turnaround under first-year coach Gus Malzahn.

- COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. South Carolina awaits its biggest game of the season - while giving the rest of the SEC East teams hope - when the Gamecocks face No. 5 Missouri.

- CHICAGO - Welcome back, Derrick Rose. Welcome back to title contention, Chicago Bulls. With their superstar point guard finally back the Bulls are again taking aim at the Miami Heat.

- ISTANBUL - The WTA Championships, which features the top eight players, begins with Serena Williams facing Angelique Kerber among the opening matches.

- Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee stands by his insinuation that Tiger Woods cheated and gave the world's No. 1 player an "F" for his five-win season in a column he wrote for Golf.com.

- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There's a young and hungry bunch of Jayhawks aiming for another Big 12 basketball championship, but they may have their stiffest test in a decade in Oklahoma State.

- LONDON - A decade after kicking a boot at David Beckham's head, Alex Ferguson uses his autobiography to criticize the star's apparent preoccupation with fame.

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