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.
- PITTSBURGH - The Pirates, in their first playoff game in 21 years, face the division-rival Reds in the NL wild-card game. Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano opposes Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
- CLEVELAND - Danny Salazar, a rookie who began the season at Double-A, starts for the surging Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
- CHICAGO - The NHL season opens with three games, highlighted by the Blackhawks beginning their Stanley Cup title defense against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Game starts 8 p.m.
- PARK CITY, Utah - U.S. Olympic Committee leadership discusses plans for the Sochi Games and its stance on Russia's anti-gay law.
- While a standout quarterback is still the key to a Super Bowl, this much is still clear: Interceptions and fumble recoveries are as critical as ever.
- PITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger still believes the Steelers can turn it around. It's a minority opinion outside the Pittsburgh locker room following the team's worst start in 45 years.
- INDIANAPOLIS - The Brickyard will have a new look in May. Officials are to discuss the first IndyCar road race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- DUBLIN, Ohio - For years a driving force behind the Presidents Cup, Jack Nicklaus welcomes the biennial event to his Muirfield Village layout. The U.S. and International teams begin play Thursday.
- SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Revitalized by an ownership change, an overhauled front office and a triumphant fight to keep the club in California's capital city, the Sacramento Kings open training camp.