LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yu Darvish will get the ball as the Los Angeles Dodgers try to win their first title since 1988 -- but Clayton Kershaw will be ready in the bullpen, after getting knocked out in the fifth inning of Game 5. Lance McCullers Jr. will be on the mound for the Astros tonight. It's the first World Series Game 7 to take place at Dodger Stadium. And it's the first since 1931 between teams that won 100 games during the regular season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Major League Baseball had kept in effect the rule that awarded World Series home-field advantage to the league that won the All-Star Game, tonight's Game 7 would be played in Houston. Instead, under the new rules this season, home field goes to the team posting the most wins during the regular season. This will be the third World Series Game 7 in four years. The home team had won nine straight since 1979 before San Francisco triumphed at Kansas City in 2014 and the Chicago Cubs captured their first title since 1908 at Cleveland last year.

UNDATED (AP) — Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason poll for the second straight season and ninth time as a program, matching rival North Carolina for most all-time. Led by senior guard Grayson Allen and freshman phenom Marvin Bagley III, the Blue Devils received 33 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25. No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona had 18 and No. 4 Kansas got one.

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fourth time. The 31-year-old Spaniard assured himself the No. 1 ranking by beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 today in the second round of the Paris Masters. Nadal had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A Russian gold medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been disqualified using evidence from an investigation into a state-backed doping conspiracy. The International Olympic Committee says cross-country skier Alexander Legkov, who won an individual gold medal and relay silver, has been disqualified from all his events in Sochi. A second Russian cross-country skier who did not win a medal, Evgeniy Belov, has also been disqualified. The IOC says both have been banned from attending any future Olympics.