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:- CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are headed to their second straight NLCS. This time, theyre hoping for a different result. The Cubs, with the best record in the majors and a championship drought dating to 1908, will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers or Washington Nationals, after scoring four runs in the ninth inning Tuesday to knock out the San Francisco Giants in a thrilling division series.- WASHINGTON -- After the Los Angeles Dodgers started Clayton Kershaw on short rest to stay alive in the NL Division Series, the Washington Nationals are glad to have Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer on the mound for Thursdays deciding Game 5 at home. A showdown with the Chicago Cubs is at stake.- Going on the road on a short week against a division rival is usually a challenge for most teams. For the Denver Broncos, it is extra difficult this week. Coming off their first loss of the season, the Broncos will be without head coach Gary Kubiak when they go on the road to face the reeling San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.- SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Making the switch at quarterback Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick wont dramatically change the offense for the San Francisco 49ers. The hope for the Niners is it will change results.- Big games for sure. But must wins? Far from it. If No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State are going to lose this season, this would be an excellent week to do so.- GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference could have a record number of first-round picks in the 2017 NFL draft. Yes, its early and the big event is still six months away. But with mock drafts being updated weekly, its becoming clear that the SEC is loaded with top NFL talent. There might even be more than ever before.- CLEMSON, S.C. -- North Carolina State is looking to turn the Atlantic Coast Conference from a runaway into a free-for-all. Halfway through the season, powerhouse No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) is a heavy favorite for a second straight ACC title and berth in College Football Playoffs. But the Tigers path back, starting with North Carolina State (4-1, 1-0) on Saturday, is crowded with ACC speed bumps -- both in the Atlantic and Coastal divisions.- CHICAGO -- NHL MVP Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks take on Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues in the season opener for each team. St. Louis eliminated Chicago in seven games in the first round of the playoffs last season. Game starts 8 p.m.- SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks open the season against the rival Los Angeles Kings. Game starts 10:30 p.m.- ARLINGTON, Va. -- Itll sting a little bit for the Washington Capitals to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins raise the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters in their season opener Thursday night. The Capitals have been the visitors on banner night before, but this is different since the Penguins beat them in the playoffs on the way to the Cup.- New Orleans loses a game, and the Pelicans lose Anthony Davis as well. Davis sprains an ankle in a preseason loss to the Houston Rockets in China, though early indications suggest there isnt much cause for concern.- NAPA, Calif. -- Two weeks after a Ryder Cup victory where Phil Mickelson had the most at stake, he plays in the Safeway Open and tries to win something on his own. Stitched NFL Jerseys .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. Cheap Jerseys 2020 . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. http://www.nfljerseyscheapchina.com/ . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. Cheap NFL Gear . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Cheap Jerseys Online .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. AMES, Iowa -- No. 6 Mississippi State found itself five minutes away from its first loss -- and a big one at that.The Bulldogs showed their character down the stretch, surviving a tough road environment to stay unbeaten.Morgan William scored 24 points, Victoria Vivians had 16 and Mississippi State overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Iowa State 85-81 in overtime Saturday.Roshunda Johnsons 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced overtime for the Bulldogs (8-0), who trailed by 11 with 4:49 left.We still have work to do, William said. We came out flat, but most important was (that) we fought through adversity.Mississippi State controlled the overtime, but it took four free throws by William with the final 15 seconds to seal the win.The underdog Cyclones (5-1) played like the favorites for much of regulation, outscoring Mississippi State 28-13 in the second quarter to go up 43-26 at halftime.But the Bulldogs cut it to 70-68 with 36 seconds left on Williams 3, and Johnsons contested 3 from the elbow gave them a chance to steal a big win on the road.That what great players do. They want to be in that moment and have the opportunity, Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. After that...our kids practice really hard. Anything that goes longer than 40 minutes, were kind of built for.Seanna Johnson had 21 points with eight rebounds for Iowa State. Jadda Buckley added 19 points and 11 assists. The Cyclones were 10 of 15 from 3-point range, but they also had 18 turnovers.Im not upset with anyone. I know they played as hard as they could, Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. We ran out of gas down the stretch.THE BIG PICTUREMississippi State: Schaefer might regret scheduling eight consecutive games away from Starkville for a team with the Final Four in its sights. This was the fourth game of that stretch, and Mississippi State looked little likee the team that entered play 35-8 since the start of last season -- until the final 15 minutes.dddddddddddd Thats when the Bulldogs, aided by a cold stretch from Iowa State, took control. We looked like we still had one foot left stuck in Hawaii, Schaefer said, referencing last weeks successful trip to the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu.Iowa State: The Cyclones had their first losing season since 2003 last season. If they keep playing like this, they might push for an upper-division Big 12 finish. Iowa State created open shots with excellent ball movement, overcame its lack of size by attacking the defensive glass and made the most of their forced turnovers. Fennellys decision to milk the clock rather than attack late ruined his teams offensive flow.POLL IMPLICATIONSMississippi State never reached as high as sixth until this week. Voters know that playing in Ames is never easy, so the Bulldogs could end up staying where they are.PIVOTAL MOMENTS? NOT SO MUCHBuckley drilled 3s from the left elbow to back-to-back possessions to put the Cyclones ahead 39-22, and Bridget Carleton added another 3 with 6:34 left that put Iowa State on top 64-53. All three seemed to bury the Bulldogs. But they shot 77 percent in the fourth quarter, and Seanna Johnsons missed free throw with 21 seconds left kept the deficit at 3.HE SAID ITThat whole first half, they just stuck it down our throat and made us like it, Schaefer saidUP NEXTMississippi State plays at Southern Miss on Dec. 10. 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