BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. A separate Olympic digest has moved. All times EST.
– SOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped five attempts in the shootout.
– KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia underwent a successful 6 1/2-hour operation on her broken and dislocated spine following a training accident Saturday. Russian freestyle ski federation spokesman Mikhail Verzeba said Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back and was taken to a hospital near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for emergency surgery.
– NEW ORLEANS – Paul George plans to win the dunk contest when he and other NBA All-Stars take the court in Saturday’s skills competitions during the league’s midseason showcase.
– LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 14 Kentucky (19-5, 9-2) hosts No. 3 Florida (22-2, 11-0) in a conference showdown that could either narrow or widen the margin in the SEC.
– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -Tony Stewart races Saturday night for the first time since breaking his right leg in an August sprint car crash. Race begins at 8:15 p.m.
– LOS ANGELES – Bae Sang-Moon of South Korea had a one-shot lead going into the third round of the Northern Trust Open. Among those within three shots were Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk.
– FORT MYERS, Fla. – The defending champion Boston Red Sox open spring training with pitchers and catchers reporting. Six veteran starting pitchers all return to a team that made very few changes from the one that won its third World Series in 10 years.