BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR begins a new season at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, featuring a new sponsor and new format meant to energize the sport.

– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Some of NASCAR’s biggest stars – Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart – have left over the last 15 months, a trend that doesn’t appear to be ending.

– NBA trade talks were just that – all talk – for Ricky Rubio and many other players. In most cases, the trade deadline came and went with no need for moving trucks.

– OKLAHOMA CITY – The Thunder, having bolstered Russell Westbrook with new acquisitions Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, play the Los Angeles Lakers. Game starts 8 p.m.

– CYPRESS, Texas – A 17-year-old transgender boy begins wrestling in the state girls’ tournament. Two girls forfeited bouts because of his testosterone use during his transition.

– The IOC, in an internal letter written obtained by the AP, wants to proceed with changes that could result in the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games awarded in September.

– CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland – The U.S. ski team, led by Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, pull out of the Alpine combined race because of dangerous conditions.

– PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – PGA Tour rookies Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan share the lead going into the second round of the Honda Classic.

– RALEIGH, N.C. – Michigan State basketball consistently thrives in this time of year. It’s not quite so smooth this season.

– SPOKANE, Wash. – No player has won more games in a Gonzaga uniform than center Przemek Karnowski. The fifth-year senior from Poland is 129-13 for the No. 1 Zags.

– PITTSBURGH – In unseasonably warm weather, the Flyers and Penguins take their rivalry to Heinz Field on Saturday night as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.

– For many, Claudio Ranieri deserved a job for life at Leicester. His firing, after a season in which he managed Leicester to the summit of English soccer, brought an outpouring of dismay.

– BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Deontay Wilder fights for the first time Saturday since hand and biceps surgery. The WBC heavyweight champ faces unbeaten Gerald Washington.

– BOSTON – A new book and movie are in the works about Tom Brady, the ”Deflategate” suspension and his unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring.