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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. Jackie Robinson Jersey . A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- CHICAGO -- The Dodgers and Cubs return to Wrigley Field for Game 2 of the NL Championship Series after a wild opener Saturday night. Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw goes for Los Angeles, while Chicago gives the ball to major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks. Game starts 8:08 p.m.- CHICAGO -- Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage. So if Major League Baseball was in a charitable mood, refund checks would already be in the mail for the 42,000-plus fans who packed Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs Joe Maddon and Dave Roberts, his Dodgers counterpart, turn a game into a checkers match. An AP Sports column.- TORONTO -- The AL Championship Series could be a short one if the Toronto Blue Jays dont start hitting. Toronto has failed to take advantage of a Cleveland rotation weakened by injuries, but the Blue Jays will have another chance in Game 3 on Monday night when the Indians are expected to send Trevor Bauer to the mound.- The AP releases its weekly Top 25 college football poll at 2 p.m.- Folos to various Top 25 college football games.- SEATTLE -- The Atlanta Falcons, with the best offense in the NFL, face the Seattle Seahawks and their top-ranked defense in a matchup of early NFC contenders. Game starts 4:25 p.m.- GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Dallas Cowboys and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott look to keep rolling when they visit Green Bay. The Packers league-best run defense will be tested by Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Game starts 4:25 p.m.- ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Colin Kaepernick makes his debut as the 49ers starter when San Francisco travels to play the Buffalo Bills, who are on a three-game roll. Game starts 1 p.m.- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady looked sharp in leading the Patriots to a win at Cleveland last week in his season debut. He plays at home for the first time this season when New England hosts Cincinnati. Game starts 1 p.m.- NAPA, Calif. -- Johnson Wagner takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Safeway Open.- LOS ANGELES -- Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks try to close out the teams first WNBA championship since 2002 against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 4 of the league Finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.- KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The second of three races in the quarterfinal round of the Chase means the pressure is on for everyone besides Jimmie Johnson at Kansas. The Hendrick Motorpsorts star won last week at Charlotte, so his spot in the eight-man round is already secure. Race starts 2:15 p.m.- SHANGHAI -- Andy Murray defeats Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (1), 6-1 to win the Shanghai Masters, his second title in as many weeks and the sixth overall in what is shaping up to be his most successful season on tour.- BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A lawsuit by a former Penn State football coach whose testimony helped convict fellow assistant Jerry Sandusky of being a sexually violent predator goes to trial Monday over allegations that the university defamed him and wrongly refused to renew his contract. Roger Maris Jersey .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. Joe Girardi Jersey . Vettel was 0.168 seconds faster than Red Bull teammate Mark Webber around the Suzuka circuit. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was two tenths of a second off Vettel. "The car balance is decent, but I think we can still improve," Vettel said. . Burris threw two TD passes, including a key 15-yard fourth-quarter strike to Bakari Grant that effectively countered a Toronto comeback bid and led Hamilton to a 33-19 victory. Alastair Cook was left ruing missed chances in the field as England succumbed to an innings defeat in Mumbai.While Cook admitted England had erred in selection - picking four seamers on a pitch where Indias spinners claimed 19 wickets - he felt the defining moments of the game came when England failed to take chances to dismiss all three of Indias centurions in the relatively early stages of their innings.Jonny Bairstow missed a stumping opportunity off M Vijay when he had 45, Virat Kohli was put down by Adil Rashid - a difficult caught and bowled chance - on 68, and Joe Root put down Jayant Yadav at slip when he had eight. Vijay went on to score 136, Kohli made 235 and Yadav 104.The frustration for Cook is that these things keep happening. The series against Pakistan was littered with missed opportunities - and Rashid also put down a tough chance off Kohli in Visakhapatnam when he had scored 56. He went on to make 167.I keep going back to the chances we missed, Cook told Star Sports. Thats why we lost this game.Yes, we would have liked another spinner. But with the side we had, we had opportunities to bowl India out for 400 and we just didnt take them.Obviously Virat played an extraordinary innings, but we had a chance to get rid of him on 60-odd. Yadav got a 100 and we had a couple of chances to get rid of him. And those are the things the game is changing on. This team, at the moment, were not taking those chances. Its those opportunities that have cost us.Cook also admitted England didnt need that extra seamer in Mumbai. Going into thhe match with six bowlers - two spinners and four quicks - Cook was obliged to ask Rashid and Moeen Ali to deliver more than 50 overs, while none of the seamers bowled more than 20. Mariano Rivera Jersey Large. That was a mistake, he said. Its kind of the problem when you dont have any games between Test Matches. We really wanted to see what four seamers looked like, because they are the bowlers so far on this tour who have given us the most control and our two best spinners have been Mo and Rash.Maybe if wed bowled first wed have more control with the four seamers. But clearly when you bat first, you didnt need that extra seamer.Whether it would have changed the game... we were in this game with the balance of that side. We had an opportunity when they were 307 for 6 to restrict Indias lead. Historically, 180 is a good score here in the third innings and its very hard to score much in the fourth innings. So we would have been in the game.But would have, could have isnt really good enough and thats the bottom line: we havent been good enough to get over the line.Cook had praise for Kohli, though: Hes in incredible form. Hes having one of those series you dream of as a player and a captain. You lead from the front and you score a hell of a lot of runs and thats a huge amount of credit to him. Hes clearly one of the great batsmen of our generation. And certainly in these conditions, hes very hard to bowl at when hes in this form. ' ' ' 

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