Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals are back in the ALCS for the second straight year, starting Edison Volquez in the opener against Marco Estrada and the big-hitting Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
- NEW YORK - The Cubs and Mets open the NLCS on Saturday night, with Chicago and its rookie sluggers facing plenty of heat from New York pitching.
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- CHICAGO - After more than a century of futility, Cubs fans wonder if maybe this is the season they no longer have to fear that inevitable moment when it all falls apart.
- LAS VEGAS - Lamar Odom remains hospitalized after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. The Kardashian family says it won't be posting content online while attending to the former NBA star.
- Previews of key college games: No. 6 LSU vs. No. 8 Florida; No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Michigan; No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Alabama; No. 14 Notre Dame vs. USC; No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 20 Northwestern.
- Two Friday night college football games involving ranked teams: No. 21 Boise St. at Utah State (9 p.m.) and No. 24 Houston at Tulane (9 p.m.)
- Season previews on all NBA teams.
- LAS VEGAS - Daily fantasy sports sites are dealt a big setback, ordered out of Nevada unless they get a gambling license - a decision that will be closely watched by other states that allow gambling.
- ZURICH - Sepp Blatter says the payment to European soccer leader Michel Platini that led to them being suspended by FIFA was based on a ''gentleman's agreement.''
- BERLIN - Germany's winning bid for the 2006 World Cup was aided by bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members, the German newsweekly Der Spiegel reports.
- OAKLAND, Calif. - Old guys are thriving in the NFL this season. There's Charles Woodson, Tom Brady, Matt Hasselbeck, Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, DeMarcus Ware and plenty more.
- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons finally found a fourth-quarter deficit they couldn't overcome. The loss to New Orleans has left coach Dan Quinn with his first loss and new concerns.
- INDIANAPOLIS - Four times in three years, the Colts defense has been run over by the Patriots. On Sunday night, Indianapolis gets another chance.
- NAPA, Calif. - Brendan Steele leads by one stroke over Jhonattan Vegas going into the second round of the Frys.com Open, the PGA Tour season opener. Rory McIlroy is five shots behind.
- INCHEON, South Korea - Lydia Ko shoots a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Ko is in position to regain the No. 1 ranking from Inbee Park.
- KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Carl Edwards has never won at Kansas Speedway, his home track. There would be no better time to do so than the win-and-advance Chase scenario facing him this weekend.
- NEW YORK - Gennady Golovkin wants to be boxing's new star. He fights David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night in a bout important to him and his sport.