BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

– CLEVELAND – Unbeaten Kentucky awaits West Virginia’s vaunted full-court pressure when the Wildcats look to run their record to 37-0 in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Game starts 9:45 p.m.

– Thursday’s three other NCAA regional semifinals: Wichita State vs. Notre Dame (7:15 p.m.); Wisconsin vs. North Carolina (7:47 p.m.); and Arizona vs. Xavier (10:17 p.m.)

– Previews on Friday’s four NCAA regional semifinals: N.C. State vs. Louisville; Michigan State vs. Oklahoma; UCLA vs. Gonzaga; and Duke vs. Utah.

– Previews on Friday’s four women’s regional semifinals: Iowa vs. Baylor; Notre Dame vs. Stanford; South Carolina vs. North Carolina; and Arizona State vs. Florida State.

– Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Felix Hernandez and most everyone around Wrigley Field can’t wait – it’s their time, their year. All over the majors, from Cuba to Canada, expectations are ramped up.

– Spring training highlights: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, struck in the jaw by a line drive in last outing, is set to start against White Sox; Cubs’ Jon Lester, dealing with a ”dead arm,” to pitch in minor league game.

– LOS ANGELES – V. Stiviano, the woman whose recording led to the sale of Los Angeles Clippers, is to testify about gifts from ex-owner Donald Sterling. She’s accused of swindling $3.6 million in property.

– SAN ANTONIO – Jordan Spieth tops the field in the Texas Open, the first of two stops in Texas before the Masters. Phil Mickelson, winless since the 2013 British Open, is in the field.

– CARLSBAD, Calif. – Top-ranked Lydia Ko opens play in the Kia Classic, the final event before the first major championship of the LPGA Tour season.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – In a season full of record performances, the Golden State Warriors on Friday night can match the franchise record of 59 victories.

– HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – My Point Exactly, who hasn’t run in several months because of illness and injury, takes an unconventional path to Saturday’s Florida Derby.