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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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:

- PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Rory McIlroy, coming off a victory in the Dubai Desert Classic, makes his 2015 debut in the United States at the Honda Classic. Phil Mickelson also is in the field.

- LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville guard Chris Jones pleads not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy, days after his dismissal from the team. His lawyer says he has been falsely accused.

- MESA, Ariz. - The Oakland Athletics and other major league clubs begin mandatory domestic violence education, a program put forward by Commissioner Rob Manfred.

- CLEVELAND - In a showdown between NBA heavyweights, the NBA-leading Warriors play a Cleveland Cavaliers team that has won 16 of 18. Golden State has won eight of its last 10. Game starts 8 p.m.

- MIAMI - Derrick Rose's latest injury is the latest blow for the NBA's draft class of 2008, which still doesn't have a first-rounder with a single championship ring.

- STELLENBOSCH, South Africa - Sebastian Coe, the Olympic track great looking to become president of track and field's governing body, tells the AP the sport needs to find life beyond Usain Bolt.

- HAMPTON, Ga. - After the glitz of Daytona, now it's time for the NASCAR grind. Week after week, one race after another, until a champion is crowned nine months from now.

- FALL RIVER, Mass. - Surveillance video shows Aaron Hernandez dancing near a gas pump before prosecutors say the former Patriots star killed a man.

- TUCSON, Ariz. - Former Arizona coach Lute Olson remains a visible part of the school's basketball program, bridging its storied past to its return to the nation's elite.

- COLUMBIA, S.C. - The No. 2 South Carolina women look to wrap up a share of their second straight Southeastern Conference title when they face No. 11 Mississippi State. Game starts 7 p.m.

- Afghanistan records its first win at the Cricket World Cup, a victory over Scotland in New Zealand that no doubt will take its place in the sport's folklore.

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