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October 8, 2013 11:54 AM EST | AP


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

— DETROIT — Oakland sends Dan Straily to the mound in Game 4 of the AL division series, hoping he can close out Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers. The Athletics lead the series 2-1. Game starts 5:07 p.m.

— ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Up 2-1, Boston takes another crack at eliminating the resilient Tampa Bay Rays in the AL division series. Jake Peavy starts for the Red Sox against Jeremy Hellickson. Game starts 8:37 p.m.

— ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals and Pirates settle their NL division series Wednesday night in Game 5. Adam Wainwright goes for St. Louis against Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole.

— WASHINGTON — NFL owners hold their annual fall meeting, with discussions about the upcoming outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey and player safety initiatives on the agenda.

— NEW YORK — After a 30-28 victory at Atlanta, the Jets are 3-2 and a game out of first in the AFC East. What's more, Geno Smith had no turnovers and looked like a savvy veteran in leading the winning drive.

— DENVER — Tight ends are no longer the big, plodding guys. Now they're athletic, fast, powerful and shifty, traits many of them honed playing basketball in college.

— MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's university president says "there's no Plan B" for replacing football coach Jerry Kill, who missed the last game because of another seizure.

— COLUMBIA, S.C. — Will Jadeveon Clowney play or won't he? South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says its unclear if the injured All-American defensive end will be ready to face Arkansas.

— MINNEAPOLIS — After getting blown out by the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1, Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream look to bounce back in Game 2 of the best-of-five WNBA finals. Game starts 8 p.m.

— PHILADELPHIA — Craig Berube makes his Flyers' coaching debut, facing the Florida Panthers a day after Peter Laviolette was fired. Philadelphia is trying to avoid its first 0-4 start. Game starts 7 p.m.

— SHANGHAI — Even though he keeps winning on the surface, Rafael Nadal believes too many tournaments are played on hard courts. The Spaniard, however, no longer wants to be involved in tennis politics.