BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber gets the chance to become the first pitcher since Mickey Lolich in 1968 to win three World Series starts when the Cleveland Indians try again to close out the Chicago Cubs in Game 7. Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks is set to start against him. Game starts 8:08 p.m.
– Sidebar on the World Series MVP.
– Who will end their drought? Postgame commentary on Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs, seeking their first title since 1908, and the Cleveland Indians, who haven't won it all since 1948.
– ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – There's one player still alive who appeared in the 1945 World Series, when the Chicago Cubs reached Game 7 before losing to Detroit. Ed Mierkowicz, who played for the victorious Tigers, looks back.
– The NFL's NFC is so wide open that a Thursday night meeting between Atlanta and Tampa Bay could wind up having some significance when the playoff races conclude.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton is expected to discuss his phone call with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when he meets with the media. Newton complained after Carolina's last game that he didn't feel officials were protecting him in the pocket.
– FRISCO, Texas – As Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott's winning streak grows, Jerry Jones keeps modifying the answer for what happens when Tony Romo is ready. The latest change from the Cowboys owner and GM: Dallas should stay with the hot hand, and Romo is fine with it.
– Auburn and LSU played the last weekend of September. Both coaches were feeling heat. The game was ugly with a bizarre ending. The next day LSU fired coach Les Miles with a 2-2 record, and Auburn and Gus Malzahn were feeling fortunate to have that same record. Now both SEC West Tigers are very much in the race not only for a conference championship, but maybe even a spot in the College Football Playoff.
– The Southeastern Conference enters its final month of the regular season and seven of the league's 14 teams are still in realistic contention for a spot in the league's championship game. Here's a look at the road each team must face as it tries to make it to Atlanta.
– The Big 12 is a longshot to return to the playoff this season, and the conference's championship game isn't resuming until next year. Still, the Big 12 has to determine a champion to represent the league in the Sugar Bowl against an SEC team, and fill the rest of its bowl spots.
– STORRS, Conn. – UConn's women's basketball team is not favored to win a fifth straight national title this season, but talk of the dynasty's demise may be a bit premature.
– PARIS – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are in action at the Paris Masters, where the Briton has a chance to overtake his Serb rival at the top of the ATP rankings. Djokovic opens his bid for a fifth title at the indoor tournament against Gilles Muller while Murray takes on Fernando Verdasco.
– ARCADIA, Calif. – California Chrome will try to cap an undefeated year with a victory in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic this weekend at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old has overcome volatile ownership and injuries since winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness to become North America's richest thoroughbred in history.