Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:
- SOCHI, Russia - With Sochi basking in 66-degree weather, Russian organizers ``guarantee'' there will be enough snow when the Winter Olympics open in exactly a year in this subtropical Black Sea resort.
- PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Coming off a big victory in Phoenix, Phil Mickelson has a chance at a record-tying fifth title in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Play begins with Lee Westwood making his PGA Tour debut.
- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh discuss their Super Bowl triumph and what they need to do for an encore next season.
- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - NFL reinstates Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, and the Titans add him to their coaching staff.
- SCHLADMING, Austria - Yes, Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller are out, but the U.S. still has plenty of skiers capable of winning downhill medals - men and women.
- BOSTON - The Lakers have won six of seven and now play a Boston Celtics team that has won its last five games without injured Rajon Rondo. Los Angeles will be missing Pau Gasol, who is out with a foot injury.
- DURHAM, N.C. - No. 4 Duke looks to avenge its first loss this season when it plays North Carolina State. The Wolfpack blew a 20-point lead and lost in its last visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Game starts 9 p.m.
- VINA DEL MAR, Chile - Rafael Nadal tests his knee again in doubles at the ATR Open, with another singles match on tap for Friday.
- WASHINGTON - The passionate debate over the Washington Redskins' name goes to the Smithsonian, which is hosting a symposium on racist stereotypes in American sports.