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:

- TORONTO - The New York Yankees, 3 1/2 games back in the AL East, send rookie Luis Severino to the mound in their bid to chase down the first-place Blue Jays. Game starts 7:07 p.m.

- HOUSTON - Astros rookie Lance McCullers starts against the Angels in a matchup of teams fighting for a playoff spot. Houston trails Texas by a game in the AL West. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

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- CHICAGO - Jake Arrieta tries again to become the majors' first 20-game winner when the Cubs play the last-place Milwaukee Brewers. Chicago is closing in on a playoff berth. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

- NEW YORK - The Jets are 2-0 after beating the Indianapolis Colts 20-7, a victory helped in large part by five turnovers. Coach Todd Bowles, however, insists his team still has lots of improving to do.

- INDIANAPOLIS - Two games, two dismal losses for the Colts. And now there are big questions about what's wrong and what can be fixed.

- ASHBURN, Va. - Efficient as can be - making third-down plays and avoiding turnovers - Kirk Cousins is coming off a terrific performance for the Washington Redskins.

- Baylor's spread offense is spreading, and weakening opposing defenses. The player-friendly system is easily transferrable and highly effective.

- Northwestern is 3-0 and the surprise of the Big Ten. A defense allowing a nation-low 5.3 points a game has carried the No. 17 Wildcats to big wins over Stanford at home and Duke on the road.

- Syracuse is unbeaten after three games and next up is No. 8 LSU. The Orange likely will be without freshman quarterback and new leader Eric Dungey, who took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the last game.

- Deontay Wilder's plan for world domination of the heavyweight division is, at the moment, centered in Alabama. That will likely change, especially with Wladimir Klitschko in his future.

- RICHMOND, Va. - Kristin Armstrong is among the favorites in the women's time trial. Others with Olympic pedigrees could challenge in the first of the marquee events at cycling's world championships.

- Two WNBA playoff games: Washington at New York (7 p.m.) and Los Angeles at Minnesota (9 p.m.).

- John Tortorella, the NHL's winningest U.S.-born coach, returns to coaching when he leads the Americans at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

- PARIS - Usually an image of cool, Yannick Noah wants to restore a winning culture to the French Davis Cup team and won't tolerate any breach of discipline.

- RIO DE JANEIRO - For most visitors, Rio de Janeiro's historic downtown is a blur, glimpsed through cab windows en route to the beach. Now, projects for the 2016 Olympics could help spur its rediscovery.