Some of the stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.
- GENEVA - Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling's governing body following a detailed and damning report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
- SAN FRANCISCO - Matt Cain tries to pitch the Giants to another World Series two years after San Francisco won it all. The champion Cardinals start Kyle Lohse in Game 7 of the NLCS. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
- DETROIT - The reconstruction of the Detroit Tigers began in 2004. that's when they drafted Justin Verlander, the first step toward building one of baseball's glamour teams in the heart of the Motor City.
- CHICAGO - Jay Cutler and the Bears try to make it four straight wins when they play the Lions. Detroit beat Philadelphia last week to break a three-game losing streak. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Marty Hunrney is fired as general manager of the Carolina Panthers, who are 1-5 and have not made the playoffs since 2008.
- SAN DIEGO - The Chargers return to practice a day after news broke that they are under investigation by the NFL for possibly using a banned sticky substance in a loss to the Broncos.
- KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth is closing his 13-year run at Roush Fenway Racing with dignity ... and victories. His win at Kansas Speedway was his second in the last three races.
- CHICAGO - Cheerleading has become as athletic and potentially as dangerous as a sport and should be designated as one to improve safety, the nation's leading group of pediatricians says.
- Serena Williams returns to the WTA Championships with the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles, yet with no chance of finishing the year at No. 1. The eight-player showcase begins Tuesday in Istanbul.