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AP SPORTS EXTRA
A pre-paginated preview of the World Series is available in AP Exchange. Click on the AP Sports Extra link in the left navigation bar or the Graphics tab and search for "Sports Extra" to find a full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tab versions of the page. All versions include a preview story, the series schedule and full rosters and stats. The full-page version also includes celebration photos of each team.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time we saw the Royals and Giants, they were playing in perfect rhythm. Good timing at the plate, sharp fielding, winning pitching. But taking off several days in October has a way of wrecking a team's momentum. After clinching pennants early, no telling if this rest will result in rust when the World Series opens Tuesday. By Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) host J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (3-3). The Texans have lost two straight while the Steelers were thumped by Cleveland last week. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski told his team he'd win at Talladega Superspeedway and keep his championship hopes intact. They never doubted he could pull it off. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BBO--WORLD SERIES-ROYALS LOVE AFFAIR
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City fans have come a long, long way from spring training when many hated the young team without a lot of star appeal. The city is now caught up in a love affair with the Royals, and the players are reciprocating, reminding many folks of a bygone era in professional sports. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brandon Finnegan helped pitch TCU into the College World Series this spring, and that was pretty special. Now he's about to top that, poised to cap a rapid rise as a reliever for the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— SAN FRANCISCO — BBO--World Series-Giants Bullpen. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 800 words.
— ST. LOUIS — BBN--Cardinals Review. By R.B. Fallstrom. SENT: 600 words.
— BBO--World Series-Position By Position. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 1,500 words by 8 p.m.
— BBO--World Series Capsule. SENT: 2,000 words.
FBN--PEYTON'S NEXT RECORDS
DENVER — Next up for Peyton Manning: the NFL passing yardage record. It's one of the few major passing records Manning doesn't own, now that he's broken Brett Favre's mark for touchdown throws. Manning needs about 5,000 more yards to surpass Favre in that category and is well on his way to putting up numbers that might never be matched. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.
Calling it a resurgence would be an exaggeration. Dubbing it a trend would be hyperbole. Still, the way some NFL teams are ramping up their defenses, maybe the NFL isn't all about offense after all. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
RENTON, Wash. — The Percy Harvin trade was just the beginning of the stunning events for the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend. A second straight loss has Seattle dealing with more than just the fallout from the Harvin trade. UPCOMING: 550 words by 8:30 p.m.
— FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — FBN--Jets-Harvin's New Home. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--COWBOYS-CASE FOR GARRETT
ARLINGTON, Texas — Add Jason Garrett to the list of contract questions for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The price has already been going up in the final years of the deals for running back DeMarco Murray and receiver Dez Bryant. Now the lame-duck coach has his first six-game winning streak. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— ASHBURN, Va. — FBN--Redskins-QBs. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— ST. LOUIS — FBN--Gambling Rams. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— EAST RUTHERFORD. N.J. — FBN--Giants Reeling. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
— JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — FBN--Victorious Jaguars. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
— TEMPE, Ariz. — FBN--Winning Cardinals. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
— BEREA, Ohio — FBN--Browns-Ugly Loss. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — FBN--Bills Injuries. By John Wawrow. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.
FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-BACK TO WORK
STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 1 Mississippi State returns to the grind after a weekend off and is now preparing for a road trip to Kentucky on Saturday. Life in the Southeastern Conference is rarely easy, but the Bulldogs do appear to have a manageable next three weeks, with Kentucky, Arkansas and UT-Martin on the schedule. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--BIG 12-PLAYOFF PERIL
The Big 12 has been as entertaining as any league in the country. All that fun might come with a price. Upsets such as West Virginia over Baylor and Kansas State over Oklahoma have again made the conference must-see TV. But they could also leave one of the best leagues in the country without a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
FBC--T25-OHIO ST-ON A ROLL
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's a hot streak almost unseen in Ohio State's 125-year football history. The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are averaging 56 points and more than 600 yards over a four-game winning streak. By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
SINGAPORE — With no injuries to slow her down, Serena Williams extends her winning streak at the WTA Finals to 16 straight matches with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic. The top-ranked Williams came into the season-ending tournament after injuries forced her out of her previous two tournaments and with the off-court distraction of disparaging comments about her from a Russian tennis official. By Chris Lines. SENT: 700 words.
LONDON — Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Games. It will be hoping to attract a competitive, high-profile field to show there are cities that want to host the Olympics rather than shun them. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 1,000 words.
LOS ANGELES — The NHL indefinitely suspends Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov because of domestic violence charges. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. women's soccer team, missing Alex Morgan because of an ankle injury, looks to secure a spot in the semifinals in World Cup qualifying as it hosts Haiti at RFK Stadium. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
— WASHINGTON — SOC--Trinidad-Guatemala. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 300 words. Game starts 5 p.m.
SOC--THE DRONE DILEMMA
LONDON — Long after drones became a key tool for militaries and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. Remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars can be sent soaring over stadiums. And, as the chaos at a soccer game in Belgrade last week showed, a provocative flag or banner carried by a low-cost device can be a catalyst for disorder. By Rob Harris. SENT: 800 words.
— BKN--Eastern Conference Capsules. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 3,500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BKN--Western Conference Capsules. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 3,500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— CHICAGO — US--NCAA-Emmert. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
— NEW DELHI — SOC--India-Player Dies. SENT: 100 words.
Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Houston at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
New Orleans vs. Washington at Baltimore, 7 p.m.
Chicago vs. Cleveland at Columbus, Ohio, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Memphis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Sacramento at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.