BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– SOCHI, Russia – A pseudo-lesbian pop duo, a famed opera singer and a romp through Russian history await viewers at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, an extravaganza meant to showcase to the world a grand achievement of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Archie Bradley chose baseball over football just a couple of years ago, and soon, very soon, he will bring his lightning fastball to the major leagues. On Friday, he goes through his first major league spring training workout. By Bob Baum.

– PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Andrew Loupe has the lead going into the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, with Phil Mickelson lurking

– OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry’s wife offered him a piece of advice after he come home late Tuesday night following a blowout home loss to Charlotte: remember to have fun. That’s been harder to do this year for the Golden State Warriors (30-20), who have the same record through 50 games as last season but are still learning how to manage higher-than-normal expectations.

– With a little more than month left in the regular season, the women’s basketball player of the year race is wide open. That’s a somewhat rare situation since over the past few years where it almost seemed a forgone conclusion before the season even started who was going to be the top player in the country.

– NEW YORK – Winners of two in a row and back over .500 at 24-23, the Nuggets can help themselves out in the future with a victory over the struggling New York Knicks, who have to send their first-round pick to Denver as leftover payment from the Carmelo Anthony trade. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

– FALL RIVER, Mass. – Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is due in court for a pre-trial conference.