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:
- DOHA, Qatar - Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands. Qatar, on paper at least, has rules that forbid such uncomfortable conditions for its massive workforce of migrant laborers. Yet this is how the government-owned transport company, which the Gulf nation will use to ferry visitors around the 2022 World Cup, has housed some of its workers.
- MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dave Joerger is constantly thinking of new plays or tweaking something the Memphis coach saw another team run to fit his Grizzlies. He just may need a better way of writing all his ideas down. What Joerger does remember has helped the Grizzlies to the best start in franchise history.
- Over the next three weeks, 39 bowl games will be played from New York to Boise, Idaho. A reason to watch every single one.
- MARRAKECH, Morocco - Football's leaders at discredited governing body FIFA meet amid renewed crisis after the investigator they appointed resigned in protest over the squashing of his probe into World Cup bidding malfeasance
- ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams are following through on plans to aid residents of nearby Ferguson. The five players who did the ''Hands Up, Don't Shoot'' gesture before a home game are scheduled to appear at an Urban League of St. Louis community Christmas Party.
- ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Buffalo Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes shakes his head and calls the doubts ''crazy,'' and former Texans general manager Charlie Casserly feels vindicated. Bills defensive end Mario Williams is playing at such an elite level he's erasing any questions over whether he was worthy of being selected No. 1 in the 2006 draft, or warranted the $100 million contract he signed with Buffalo in 2012.
- Harlon Hill Trophy finalists Jason Vander Laan of Ferris State and Anthony Bilal of Lake Erie highlight The Associated Press Little All-America team.
- AUSTIN, Texas - Texas basketball is rolling - both the men and the women - and making a splash among the nation's best just two seasons after both had seemed to hit bottom