Update on the latest in sports:


Rangers and Astros set to go again

UNDATED (AP) — The third of four big games this week for the Astros and Rangers is being played this evening in Arlington, Texas. The homestanding Rangers won the first two games and in doing so took over first place from the Astros in the American League West. As tonight’s game gets underway, the Rangers will lead the division by a half-game.

For the time being, the Rangers are hot and the Astros are not. Texas has won three straight and six of 10 while the Astros have lost seven of their last 10 games. Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kehl) gets the ball and the chore of trying to turn things around for Houston. He is 17-7 on the year with a fine 2.22 earned run average.

After the half-game lead in the AL West the closest races are in the AL East and NL Central.

As a new day of play begins, the Blue Jays top the Yankees by three games in the AL East. Tonight the Yankees are facing the Rays in a road game while the Jays are in Atlanta. Toronto’s David Price is going for his 16th victory of the season.

St. Louis now has a three-game advantage in the NL Central over Pittsburgh. The Cards, who are the first team to reach the 90 win plateau this season, are in Milwaukee with Matt Holliday set to return to action. The seven-time All-Star was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing more than two months with a right quadriceps strain.

As far as the Pirates are concerned, they continue their series at home with the Cubs. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Bucs and Cubs would be the National League wild card winners. Pittsburgh may have its hands full tonight as the Cubs are sending 19-game winner Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET’-uh) to the mound. Along with looking to become baseball’s first 20-game winner this season, he has a fantastic 1.99 ERA this season.

The remaining games this evening feature the Red Sox playing the Orioles in Baltimore, Washington at Philadelphia, the Mets home to the Marlins, Kansas City at Cleveland, the Twins hosting the Tigers, Oakland’s A’s against the White Sox in Chicago, San Diego at Arizona, the Dodgers home to the Rockies, Cincinnati at San Francisco and the Mariners entertaining the Angels.


News from around the league

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown can’t practice until Friday because of a concussion he suffered in the opening game loss to the Jets. That means backup Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) will be with Cleveland’s first-team offense the next two days. However, the team will carefully monitor him because of lingering elbow tendinitis.


— A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Ryan Mallett will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans on Sunday at Carolina. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team is not expected to disclose its starting quarterback until game day.

Brian Hoyer started the season-opener, but had two turnovers early and was benched in the fourth quarter. Mallett took over and led the Texans on two scoring drives in the last six minutes of the 27-20 loss to Kansas City.

— Starting safety Morgan Burnett has returned to practice for the Green Bay Packers after missing the season opener against Chicago with a calf injury. The six-year veteran wore a sleeve around his lower left leg during practice.

— Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been fined $35,000 by the NFL for his personal foul against Raiders receiver Amari Cooper during their opener on Sunday. Jones got on top of Cooper, knocked off his helmet and slammed his head against it at the end of a play during the second quarter, drawing a penalty for unnecessary roughness. Jones says that he’s going to appeal the fine.

— Miami safety Reshad Jones is sidelined with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss practice, and his status for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville is uncertain. Reserve defensive end Derrick Shelby also missed practice because of an eye injury. Tight end Dion Sims was sidelined after suffering a concussion on Sunday’s win at Washington.


News from the college game

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has suspended football coach Kyle Flood for three games after he contacted a faculty member over a player’s status. Flood was also fined $50,000. A report found that Flood emailed and met in person with a faculty member even though he knew or should have known of the university’s policies prohibiting coach-initiated contact with faculty members regarding students’ academic standing.

The report also found that Flood provided grammatical and minor editorial suggestions for a player’s paper to complete a course.

—The University of Texas reached outside of the athletic department to name an interim athletic director. Mike Perrin, who played linebacker for the Longhorns in the 1960’s and is now a trial attorney in Houston, says he was first approached about the job on Labor Day.

He says he will be reaching out to the “entire Longhorn nation” of fans and donors who had been angered by the policies of his predecessor, Steve Patterson.


Fifth-ranked player in the world hospitalized

PRAGUE (AP) — Lucie Safarova, who lost to Serena Williams in the French Open final this year, has been hospitalized in the Czech Republic with an unspecified infectious disease. She posted a photo of herself from the hospital saying she has a bacterial infection. It’s not clear when she may recover.

Safarova has already qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore in doubles with Bethanie Mattek (MAT’-ihk)-Sands, for winning the Australian and French Opens, and stands a good chance to qualify in singles having reached her highest ranking at No. 5.


Kane to attend camp amid investigation

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane is expected to join his Chicago Blackhawks teammates at training camp this week as he awaits the results of a sexual-assault investigation.

Kane’s agent, Pat Brisson, wrote in a text message to The Associated Press indicating his client’s intention of attending.

Camp begins Friday on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana.

Kane is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s last month at his offseason residence near his hometown of Buffalo, New York, a person familiar with the investigation has told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because police have not revealed details of the case.

Kane has not been charged, but the case has shadowed the Blackhawks over the past month.


NHL teams will see new overtime format in preseason

UNDATE (AP) — There will be plenty of three-on-three hockey during the NHL preseason.

The NHL says every team will play at least three sessions of the new three-on-three overtime format during the preseason, before it’s implemented in the regular season.

In the preseason, the games designated for three-on-three overtime that aren’t tied won’t have to go to a shootout. For record-keeping purposes, the team winning at the end of regulation will be given the victory.

Any game that is tied will also give teams the opportunity to try three-on-three overtime.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daley says the league and the players union agreed to adopt the policy for the preseason.


Malone funeral set

HOUSTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone will be remembered at a funeral service on Saturday in Houston. The three-time NBA MVP died Sunday at age 60.