BC-AP Sports Preview Digest - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 19, 2013, 12:35 pm

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

- ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals are back home and one victory from the World Series. Up 3-2, they start rookie Michael Wacha against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the NLCS. Game starts 8:37 p.m.

- BOSTON - The Red Sox return to Boston on Saturday with a chance to close out the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS and reach the World Series for the first time since 2007.

- The recent outbreak of the infectious disease MRSA in Tampa Bay is a reminder that NFL player safety issues lurk in the corners of the locker rooms, along with the middle of the field.

- SAN ANTONIO - Abby Wambach's marriage to partner and professional teammate Sarah Huffman instantly made the soccer star the highest-profile athlete in the debate over same sex-marriage.

- CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 5 Florida State plays at No. 3 Clemson in an ACC showdown that might well be what the upcoming College Football Playoff looks like.

- COLUMBIA, Mo. - Year 2 in the SEC has been a huge success for No. 14 Missouri. Now a major hurdle awaits the unbeaten Tigers - No. 22 Florida, which has one of the nation's top defenses.

- SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Southern California-Notre Dame rivalry doesn't involve in-state opponents or schools from neighboring states. What is does have is a history of great teams and great players.

- RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks are 6-1 for the first time. Now Seattle, with New Orleans on a bye, is for at least a week the best team in the NFC after Thursday's victory at Arizona.

- IRVING, Texas - DeMarcus Ware started the week believing he would miss a game for the first time in his eight-year career. Now the Cowboys' star defensive end might try to play Sunday in Philadelphia.

- LAS VEGAS - J.J. Henry leads by a stroke entering the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. His first-round 60, which he closed with an eagle, broke the course record.

- DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman phenom Jabari Parker gets his first chance to show off in a Duke uniform during the "Countdown to Craziness," an annual night of fun before the Blue Devils get down to business.

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