Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – With Houston besieged by floods, the displaced Astros play a home game against the Texas Rangers at the Tampa Bay Rays’ ballpark. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
– FRISCO, Texas – The Texans, stuck in the Dallas area because of the devastation in Houston, prepare for an NFL opener they hope will give fans a diversion from an escalating crisis.
– NEW YORK – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer play first-round matches at the U.S. Open as do both of last year’s women’s finalists, champion Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova.
– LOS ANGELES – This is a reset for Derrick Rose, now playing alongside LeBron James in Cleveland and in search of his first title. He talks with the AP about a side of his life many don’t know.
– The NFL’s elimination of the first cut-down this year will have a big effect on the final slate of preseason games Thursday. Some 1,200 players will then hit the market.
– Two division preview stories as part of the preseason NFL package: NFC North, AFC North.
– CINCINNATI – The Bengals will be without their best defensive player for five games now that linebacker Vontaze Burfict is suspended games for his latest egregious hit.
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals have not scored in more than four straight games and are five innings shy of tying the record entering their game with Tampa Bay. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
– BALTIMORE – The Orioles go for their sixth straight victory, facing Seattle in a game between wild-card contenders. The Mariners have lost three in a row. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
– BRISTOL, Conn. – At 82 and eight years removed from a stroke, Lee Corso is ready for his 30th season on ESPN’s ”College GameDay.”
– TALLASHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State safety Derwin James plays his first game in nearly a year Saturday when the No. 3 Seminoles face No. 1 Alabama.
– EUGENE, Ore. – USC doesn’t get a bye, Oregon State started in Week Zero, when Stanford went to Sydney. This season’s Pac-12 schedule is full of quirks.
– Jud Heathcote, who coached a Michigan State team led by Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA title with a victory over Larry Bird and Indiana State in the final, dies at 90.
– RIO DE JANEIRO – Lionel Messi leads Argentina against Uruguay and Luis Suarez on Thursday night in South America’s most high-profile World Cup qualifier.
– MADRID – Three years after his last match with Spain, David Villa is back with the national team. And the 35-year-old New York City FC striker knows he is starting from scratch.