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October 5, 2013 11:58 AM EST | AP


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

— WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would "think about changing" the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans.

— OAKLAND, Calif. — Justin Verlander, who beat the Athletics twice in last year's AL division series, tries to pitch the Detroit Tigers to a 2-0 lead on Oakland in the first-round rematch against Athletics rookie Sonny Gray making just his 11th career start.

— BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Rays will turn to David Price after losing Game 1 of the AL division series to the Red Sox. John Lackey pitches for Boston.

— Four key college football games Saturday: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Northwestern; No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 15 Washington; No. 22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame; Air Force vs. Navy.

—ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Football fans at Navy will get to have their tailgate parties after all before the Midshipmen face Air Force in a game that was almost cancelled by the government shutdown. By David Ginsburg.

— KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kyle Busch heads to Kansas Speedway, his personal house of horrors, sitting pretty in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He's in third place but within striking distance of leader Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, two drivers who have had plenty of success at Kansas.

— HOUSTON — Helio Castroneves tries to hold off Scott Dixon in the first race of the Houston Grand Prix doubleheader

— ANTWERP, Belgium — The United States won a gold-silver double for the second day in a row at the gymnastics world championships.

—ORLANDO, Fla. — Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday for a 154-pound bout on HBO against Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs), a Dominican-born contender fighting out of Connecticut. The super welterweight fight is scheduled for 12 rounds.