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:
– The NBA reaches its trade deadline (3 p.m.) with no major players expected to move. But a departure from Phoenix for Goran Dragic and the return to Minnesota for Kevin Garnett are possibilities. Deadline 3 p.m.
– The NBA returns from its All-Star break with two games: Dallas at Oklahoma City (8 p.m.) and San Antonio at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m.).
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– DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The field for the Daytona 500 is set with two 150-mile qualifying races. Races start 7 p.m.
– LOS ANGELES – The Northern Trust Open begins, the end of the PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing. Brandt Snedeker, last week’s Pebble Beach winner, is part of a field that is not quite as strong as last year’s.
– INDIANAPOLIS – Heisman Trophy winners Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota reunite at the NFL combine, their first meeting since Oregon routed Florida State in the Rose Bowl.
– BRADENTON, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates spent $16 million to South bring Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang to the majors. He believes he can make an immediate impact.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Giants ace Tim Lincecum mended his relationship with father during the offseason and turned to him again for pitching help.
– STOCKTON, Calif. – No. 3 Gonzaga goes for its 20th straight win when the Bulldogs visit Pacific. Game starts 11 p.m.
– DURHAM, N.C. – This has been a tough February for No. 15 North Carolina, which has lost four of five. On Wednesday night, the Tar Heels blew a late 10-point lead in an overtime loss at Duke.
– GREENVILLE, S.C. – Elite anglers at this week’s Bassmaster Classic won’t have to chop a hole in the ice to land fish. But they will have to brave freezing weather at Lake Hartwell.