BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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.

– MELBOURNE, Australia – Stanislas Wawrinka follows his upset of Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a victory over Tomas Berdych. He will next face Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.

– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning is the only player on the Broncos or Seahawks with a Super Bowl ring, and his teammates are jealous.

– RENTON, Wash. – Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin, slowed by hip surgery and a concussion, gets one more chance to get on the field this season – in the biggest game of all.

– NEWARK, N.J. – As the Super Bowl nears, the question remains: Will enough of the estimated hundreds of thousands of visitors abide by organizers’ wishes and leave their car keys at home?

– SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods makes his 2014 debut in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he is the defending champion and an eight-time winner on the course.

– NEW YORK – Indiana’s Paul George and Golden State’s Stephen Curry could be first-time starters when the NBA announces the results of fan balloting for the All-Star game. Announcement about 7:15 p.m.

– CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – While Lindsey Vonn is home recovering from surgery, the remaining members of the U.S. women’s speed team are cranking up for Sochi.

– TBILISI, Georgia – The father of the Georgian luger killed during a training run at the Vancouver Games laments that his country will have no one competing in Olympic luge next month in nearby Sochi.

– ASPEN, Colo. – Snowmobiler Colten Moore is competing at the Winter X Games a year after his brother Caleb Moore died from injuries in a crash during the freestyle competition.

– Olympic previews on bobsled, women’s ski jump and biathlon.

– DETROIT – Tigers ace Max Scherzer makes his first public appearance since signing a one-year deal with Detroit that leaves his long-term future with the team in doubt.

– LOS ANGELES – Even with 80-degree weather lately in Southern California, the NHL is confident Saturday’s unorthodox outdoor game at Dodger Stadium won’t turn into a swim meet.

– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Qualifying for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona begins, with drivers from around the world vying for starting spots in the twice-around-the-clock event.

– CAPE TOWN, South Africa – A settlement between Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers and representatives of the slain girlfriend’s parents could work against the Olympian at his March murder trial, a legal expert says.