Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
- ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers are both 1-2 as they renew their NFC West rivalry. The Rams had an overtime win and tie last season against a team that came close to winning a Super Bowl. Game starts 8:25 p.m.
- NEW YORK - Mariano Rivera likely will run in from the Yankee Stadium bullpen to "Enter Sandman" one last time when New York plays Tampa Bay, a day after the Yankees were eliminated from postseason contention. The Rays' magic number for clinching a wild-card berth is three over Texas. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
- MINNEAPOLIS - The Cleveland Indians start a four-game series in Minnesota against the depleted Twins with a one-game lead for the second wild-card spot. The Indians have secured their first winning season since reaching the ALCS in 2007. Now they want the playoff berth to match. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
- ARLINGTON, Texas - The Rangers are down to four games left and still chasing a wild-card spot. Matt Garza goes for Texas in the opener of a series against the Los Angeles Angels, who can still avoid a losing season. Game starts 8:05 p.m.
- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has the complete trust of coach Jimbo Fisher and his teammates. Winston's mastery of the offense and a jovial yet businesslike personality have allowed him to become the centerpiece of the program.
- ATLANTA - Georgia Tech will try for a 3-0 start in the ACC when the Yellow Jackets host Virginia Tech, which will be playing its ACC opener. Virginia Tech has won the last three games between the teams. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
- ANAHEIM, Calif. - Detroit and Columbus are going back East, and Winnipeg is heading West. A six-division league is down to four, and they're not the same size. The NHL has made several significant changes to its alignment and scheduling, and most players seem excited about the new-look league.