The last time these teams met, the Nationals were celebrating their first World Series title in Houston after winning Game 7 at Minute Maid Park. Since then, the Astros have become the league’s villains, with a sign-stealing scandal sullying their reputation and casting a shadow on their 2017 title.Max Scherzer will start Saturday for the Nationals. He started and threw five innings in Washington’s 6-2 win in Game 7 that gave the franchise its first title.As the Astros prepare to take the field for the first time since their cheating scam was uncovered there’s much speculation about what kind of reception they’ll receive.A handful of hecklers turned out at Astros camp this week. One man banged on a trash can as Astros players took batting practice Monday and someone yelled: “cheater” at second baseman Jose Altuve as he walked by fans the same day.On a more troubling note, Houston outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats. Union head Tony Clark said the union has had conversations with MLB about ensuring the safety of the players and their families. Associated Press Update on the latest sports While some people could come out to heckle the Astros, they likely won’t be able to direct their ire at any players who were on the teams that stole signs. New manager Dusty Baker said he doesn’t plan to play any of Houston’s regulars Saturday and wants to give the “kids” a chance to play in the opener.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 1 Baylor hosts No. 3 KansasUNDATED (AP) — The biggest game of the weekend in the Big 12 is arguably the biggest game in college basketball so far this season: No. 1 Baylor against third-ranked Kansas. The Bears have already beaten the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse and now welcome Kansas to Waco.Baylor could deal a staggering blow to the Jayhawks’ hopes of winning the Big 12 championship by completing the series sweep Saturday. A win at home also might solidify their spot as the overall No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament. The game tips off at noon, Eastern time.Two other games on the Saturday schedule match up ranked teams. No. 2 Gonzaga visits No. 23 BYU and No. 14 Oregon is at No. 24 Arizona. Both are night games.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILLSuter seals WCup downhill title in race won by Gut-BehramiCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Corinne Suter has won the season-long women’s World Cup downhill title by finishing race runner-up to her Swiss teammate Lara Gut-Behrami for the second straight day. February 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-ASTROS-SIGN-STEALING SCANDALIt’s champs vs. cheaters as Nats and Astros meet in exhibition openerWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It will be a World Series rematch when the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros play their exhibition opener Saturday night. Gut-Behrami edged Suter by 0.02 seconds, with Nina Ortlieb of Austria just 0.05 off the pace in third.It’s the first World Cup crystal trophy for the 25-year-old Suter.American Mikaela Shiffrin still leads the overall World Cup standings, but Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) closed the gap by placing fourth in Saturday’s downhill. But Shiffrin’s lead over Brignone is just 27 points, and Brignone is among the favorites to score 100 on Sunday by winning a combined event.Petra Vlhova, who tied for 14th Saturday, trails Shiffrin by 86 points.Shiffrin is taking an extended break from racing following her father’s death. It’s unclear when she will return to compete.