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.
– JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Demaryius Thomas’ biggest fans haven’t seen him play in person. His mother and grandmother have to watch the Denver star on TV from prison in Tallahassee, Fla.
– JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Marquand Manuel is a defensive assistant on Pete Carroll’s staff. He is also the only player or coach who was on Seattle’s only other Super Bowl team, which lost to Pittsburgh in 2006.
– JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Seattle surely has its stars, but it is also deep with key reserves like Jermaine Kearse, Clinton McDonald and Walter Thurmond.
– Russia’s anti-doping agency has dramatically upped its game ahead of the Winter Olympics. Foreign anti-doping experts working with Russia on this effort are impressed.
– MOSCOW – Russia’s counterterrorism agency identifies the two suicide bombers who struck the southern city of Volgograd and announces the arrest of two suspected accomplices.
– Canada, Sweden, Finland and the U.S. team arrive in Sochi brimming with NHL talent and intending to depart with medals. But nobody needs to win in Sochi like the host team and Alex Ovechkin.
– Patrick Chan is now a three-time world champion. But when he attempts to become Canada’s first men’s gold medalist in figure skating, he’ll recall his late coach, the one he says made him a complete skater.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Phil Mickelson is going ahead with his Phoenix Open title defense after testing his ailing lower back a day earlier.
– Michael Schumacher is slowly being brought out of the coma he has been in since a skiing accident a month ago. Doctors want to see if the swelling in the brain of the Formula One great has diminished.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR unveils its latest round of changes to its format for crowning its season champion.
– NEW YORK – The NBA announces the reserves for the Feb. 16 All-Star game, with the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers each hoping to have two players picked. Announcement about 7:15 p.m.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has the NBA’s best home record at 20-1 and hasn’t lost to any team twice this season. Phoenix, however, will be going for a season sweep of the Pacers. Game starts 7 p.m.
– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 12 Louisville plays No. 13 and first-place Cincinnati in an early conference showdown. Game starts 7 p.m.