Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The entire baseball season comes down to this: Game 7 of the World Series. Tim Hudson starts for San Francisco Giants as they try to win their third championship five years. Jeremy Guthrie pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and recent history is on their side, with Series home teams having won the last nine Game 7s.
– Live, running analysis and commentary throughout World Series Game 7 for mobile and online. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 200 words by first pitch at 8:07 p.m., updates throughout the game and after it.
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– KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The final World Series game played in the tenure of Commissioner Bud Selig certainly bears his imprint: A pair of wild-card teams, a thriving small-market franchise trying to win the title and a Game 7 being hosted by a club whose league that won the All-Star game. Stands for early story to BBO–World Series. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.
– CLEVELAND – It will be a night unlike any in Cleveland sports history as LeBron James returns to play his first NBA regular-season game for the Cavaliers in four years. Any bitterness toward James has been replaced with forgiveness by a city thirsting for a championship.
– ATHENS, Ga. – The NCAA ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. The school applied for Gurley’s reinstatement after he missed the last two games while the school investigated allegations of improper benefits.
– NEW YORK – Derrick Rose returns to regular-season action after missing most of the last two seasons with knee injuries as the Chicago Bulls visit New York in Derek Fisher’s debut as Knicks coach. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney.
– NEW YORK – Caroline Wozniacki cost herself time to train for her first New York City Marathon when the tennis star kept winning this fall in her day job.