BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

– MIAMI – Chris Bosh’s status for the rest of this season and possibly beyond remains unclear, and the Miami Heat hope for some answers.

– INDIANAPOLIS — For some the combine is about proving something. For others, it’s about fitting in. That group includes 5-foot-9 cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, lean defensive end Shawn Oakman, inside linebacker Bendarick McKinney and Shaq Tompson, who played on both sides of the ball at Washington.

-DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The final practice for the Daytona 500 goes on without Kurt Busch, who was suspended by NASCAR for a domestic assault.

-DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Just hours after replacing suspended Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch in the No. 41 Chevrolet, Regan Smith got fitted for the seat and had to get up to speed with the team and the car.

-INDIANAPOLIS – Some five million viewers will tune into the NFL combine at some point to watch draft prospects run around and lift weights. Outside of league coaches, general managers and scouts, who makes that kind of time in the middle of the day to devote to projecting a kid’s future? The answer won’t suprise anybody with a fantasy football team.

-MIAMI – Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton talks about his recovery from a beaning and his new $325 million contract when players meet with fans at the team’s winter warmup.

-VIERA, Fla. – The addition of Max Scherzer could give the Washington Nationals the best starting rotation in baseball – and a tough decision about who will start on opening day.

-MORAGA, Calif. – No. 3 Gonzaga can claim the outright West Coast Conference championship and set a school record with its 21st straight victory when the Bulldogs visit Saint Mary’s.

– LOS ANGELES – Retief Goosen, winless in six years, has a one-shot lead going into the third round of the Northern Trust Open.

-BIRMINGHAM, England – Double Olympic champion Mo Farah is among the big names competing at the indoor Birmingham Grand Prix.