Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.
– PRETORIA, South Africa – As the girlfriend he shot lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday in the first detailed, public description of the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Steenkamp by the Olympian last year.
-DORAL, Fla. – Tiger Woods, who withdrew last Sunday with a back injury, sets out to defend his title and his No. 1 ranking in the Cadillac Championship at new-look Doral. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Upcoming: 750 words, photos, by 7 p.m.
– STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel returns home to Penn State after two months away to prepare for and participate in the NFL combine, trying to keep up with his workouts and his diet on his own as he prepares for his pro day in Happy Valley.
– JUPITER, Fla. – When Miami Marlins executives Mike Hill and Dan Jennings started working together in 1995, their job was to create a scouting department for the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Nearly 20 years later, limited resources remain a challenge, with Hill and Jennings now running the Marlins for famously frugal owner Jeffrey Loria.
– LAKELAND, Fla. – The Detroit Tigers have won three straight AL Central titles – and now they look poised to dominate the division in viral photos. the most recent being Torii Hunter posing with an alligator. The Tigers are preparing for the season professionally, but they’re also having a lot of fun under new manager Brad Ausmus.
– KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s domestic soccer league will resume play on March 15, after a two-week postponement because of the turmoil in the country. The season was scheduled to restart on Feb. 28 following a two-month winter break.