Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. A separate Olympic digest has moved. All times EST.
– SOCHI, Russia – Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening five minutes and became the first U.S. player to record an Olympic hat trick in more than a decade, leading the Americans to a 5-1 win over Slovenia. The U.S. is undefeated through three games in the men’s hockey tournament at the Sochi Games and with Sunday’s win earned an automatic spot in the quarterfinals.
– KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – This medal mattered to Bode Miller. Not so much because, at 36, his bronze in Sunday’s super-G – behind winner Kjetil Jansrud and surprise runner-up Andrew Weibrecht – makes Miller the oldest Alpine medalist in Olympic history. Or even because he now owns six medals in all, the second-highest total for a male ski racer and tied for second among U.S. Winter Olympians in any sport.
– NEW ORLEANS – Kevin Durant, LeBron James and the rest of the league’s top players square off in the NBA All-Star game.
– LOS ANGELES – William McGirt has a two-shot lead as he goes for his first PGA Tour victory at the Northern Trust Open. Among those four shots behind are Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker.
– FORT MYERS, Fla. – Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster says he will not play this season. The 36-year-old right-hander says he is stepping away for physical reasons and to spend more time with his family.
– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The front row is set for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500.