Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
- CLEVELAND - The World Series opens Tuesday night between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, two longtime losers trying to end droughts spanning generations.
- CLEVELAND - Jason Kipnis grew up outside Chicago and dreamed about one day helping the Cubs finally win a championship. Cleveland's second baseman made it to the World Series, and now dreams give way to a reality check.
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- Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt writes in a column for the AP that while the long years without titles for the Cubs and Indians preoccupy fans, the dry spells won't affect the players.
- The NBA season opens Tuesday night. With a super team, the world's best player, stars in markets around the country, rivalries aplenty and a global audience with unparalleled access, this could be one compelling year.
- The run-up to the NBA season has been dominated by talk about issues that many of the league's African-American players confront daily. The league also has many players from outside the U.S., some unsure where they stand.
- OAKLAND, Calif. - Kevin Durant prepares for his debut with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night against San Antonio.
- DENVER - The Texans play the Broncos, a Monday night game between 4-2 teams in which Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler returns to Denver and coach Gary Kubiak is back after another health scare. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
- Let's not write off the NFL, no matter what declining TV ratings say. Still, Week 7 consisted mainly of one long day of tedious, bad football that showcased various problems with the state of the game.
- NEW YORK - Coach Todd Bowles and the New York Jets are in a quarterback quandary. Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched, but then had to take over after Geno Smith injured his right knee in a victory over Baltimore. Now what?
- RENTON, Wash. - The first tie in Seahawks history was an affirmation that Seattle's defense can withstand the most difficult conditions. The game also underlined worries about the offensive line and an inconsistent offense.
- What is a better loss? Getting beaten up by Alabama or letting one slip away at Penn State? Texas A&M and Ohio State can sort that one out after being sent to their first loss.
- ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It has been a little more than a year since Michigan infamously botched a punt, leading to another loss to rival Michigan State that is still ''boiling,'' with at least one Wolverine.
- SEATTLE - Most of the attention around the 7-0 start by No. 4 Washington has gone to quarterback Jake Browning. But he's got receivers making plays, namely John Ross and Dante Pettis.
- SINGAPORE - A physically spent Svetlana Kuznetsova beats defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 at the season-ending WTA Finals. In the third set, Kuznetsova uses scissors to cut off part of her braid.
- CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's basketball team won't have a difficult time finding motivation this season. The memory still stings of losing the NCAA championship game on a last-second 3-pointer to Villanova.
- LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville can't wait to start its basketball season after missing last year's tournament because of a self-imposed ban. The Cardinals come back with their trademark pressure defense.
- RIO DE JANEIRO - In Brazil, where soccer is king, the game is playing a big part in an election in one major city amid growing disgust with career politicians.