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:

– NEW ORLEANS – LeBron James has evolved as a leader. His game keeps evolving, too. And at 32, he’s the second-oldest All-Star in Sunday’s game.

– NEW ORLEANS – How will All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant handle being teammates again? The answers start coming.

– NEW ORLEANS – Two games featured during NBA All-Star Weekend: Celebrity Game (7 p.m.) and Rising Stars (9 p.m.)

– LOS ANGELES – Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer, shot a 7-under 64 Thursday for an early two-shot lead at the Genesis Open. Forty-eight players failed to finish the first round.

– LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 3 Kansas plays No. 4 Baylor on Saturday night, and a victory by the Jayhawks could put them on their way to another Big 12 championship.

– The Atlantic Coast Conference had a leading four teams in the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s top 16. But the Big 12 had more teams near the top.

– LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Injuries and suspensions haven’t bothered No. 8 Louisville, who are in the thick of the ACC race.

– WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Coming off an injury that cut short last season, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg hopes a better fitness regimen will help him get him through this season.

– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Rockies manager Bud Black is trying to lighten the vibe and heighten the camaraderie at spring training. He’s got work to do for a team that finished 12 games under .500.

– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Clint Bowyer takes his new car for its first whirl – a ride he hopes resuscitates his career. He has the No. 14 that belonged to Tony Stewart.

– MASON, Mich. – A hearing has begun to determine whether a former USA Gymnastics doctor stands trial on charges of criminal sexual conduct.

– AUSTIN, Texas – Here come the Texas Longhorns. With a 19-game winning streak – the nation’s second longest – and leading the Big 12, the No. 8 Texas women have shaken off their early struggles.

– ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Austria’s Marcel Hirscher wins the giant slalom title at the world championships. The second run is delayed when a military plane knocks a camera to the course.

– PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Nathan Chen of the U.S. takes first place in the short program at the Four Continents, a test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

– LONDON – Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal could be in doubt after a big loss at Bayern Munich. Other managers might in trouble as well if their teams don’t do well in the Champions League.

– Sprinter Justin Gatlin reflects in a documentary on his ascent to the top, a fall from grace, a battle with depression and a return to the spotlight.