BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

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

- CINCINNATI - The New York Mets try to clinch their first playoff berth in nine years, sending Matt Harvey to the mound against the Cincinnati Reds. Game starts 4:10 p.m.

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- ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mariners ace Felix Hernandez attempts to slow the Angels' playoff surge. Los Angeles is a half-game behind Houston for the second AL wild card spot. Game starts 9 p.m.

- OAKLAND, Calif. - In a throwback to Oakland baseball of days past, Tim Hudson pitches for the San Francisco Giants against Barry Zito and the Athletics. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

- TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 9 UCLA tries to win its fourth straight game over No. 16 Arizona in what's expected to be a rowdy atmosphere at Arizona Stadium. Game starts 11 p.m.

- EUGENE, Ore. - No. 13 Oregon hosts No. 18 Utah, with two looming questions: Both starting quarterbacks are ailing, their availability a game-time decision. Game starts 8 p.m.

- Other notable college games: No. 22 BYU at Michigan (noon); No. 24 Oklahoma State at Texas (3:30 p.m.); and No. 19 Southern California at Arizona State (10:30 p.m.).

- ATLANTA - Henrik Stenson has a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth going into the third round of the Tour Championship. Both players can claim a $10 million bonus by winning.

- LOUDON, N.H. - Jeff Gordon reaches one more milestone in his final season. With his start Sunday in New Hampshire, he becomes NASCAR's Iron Man.

- ZURICH - A day after European soccer leader Michel Platini is questioned by Swiss authorities over a FIFA payment, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein touts himself as the safe choice to run the governing body.

- GREEN BAY, Wis. - If Eddie Lacy can't go on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a sprained ankle, the Green Bay Packers have a backup plan in veteran James Starks.

- PITTSBURGH - For those preaching the virtue of the 2-point conversion over the extra point, good news. You have a friend in Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

- BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, fighting in his home state, faces France's Johann Duhaupas in a rare prime-time bout on network TV. Bout starts about 9:30 p.m.

- ARCADIA, Calif. - Beholder headlines the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes, one of five Grade 1 Breeders' Cup qualifying races on opening day of Santa Anita's fall meet. Post time 6:40 p.m.

- RICHMOND, Va. - The cycling championships conclude with world champions Michal Kwiatkowski and Rui Costa riding in the premier event - the men's road race.