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:
– DORAL, Fla. – Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott highlight the strongest field of the year with the start of the Cadillac Championship at Doral.
– DOVER, Del. – Prosecutors will not file criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch following allegations by his ex-girlfriend of domestic violence. They say there’s not enough evidence to proceed.
– Cliff Lee, Barry Zito and Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound in spring training games while Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun tests his surgically repaired thumb in a game for the first time.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning takes his physical and signs his revised contract Thursday, giving the Broncos a modest $4 million more to spend on free-agent fixes.
– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Vince Wilfork’s time with the New England Patriots is over after 11 years. The defensive tackle says the front office told him it will not be picking up his option.
– ATLANTA – When the Hawks host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday the game could be a preview of what’s to come deep in the playoffs.
– TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 5 Arizona, with the nation’s longest active home winning streak at 36 games, plays California in the Wildcats’ next-to-last game at home this season. Game starts 9 p.m.
– Now that there’s a labor agreement, the 2015 MLS season is on. With two new teams and an influx of internationally talent, the league is looking toward a banner season.
– CARSON, Calif. – With Landon Donovan gone and Steven Gerrard not arriving for four months, the LA Galaxy begin their MLS Cup title defense Friday.
– Two of Formula One’s top drivers made lucrative moves to new teams in 2015. But the fight for this year’s championship most likely will again be a case of Mercedes against the rest.
– In college football, spring practice comes early. Some of the story lines feature the quarterback competition at Ohio State, Michigan’s coach and Auburn’s defensive coordinator.