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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 by about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- LONDON - The IOC medical director tells the AP that ''everything that can be done is being done'' to combat the Zika virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

- The NBA begins its annual showcase in Toronto on Friday, the first time the league has held the All-Star Game outside the United States.

- This year's Basketball Hall of Fame class features three players certain to make the cut - Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson.

- DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - With Jeff Gordon retired and Tony Stewart sidelined with a broken back, NASCAR's season begins with a much different look and new rules package.

- PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Bubba Watson lead a strong field entering the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach.

- NEW YORK - With spring training approaching and dozens of players still seeking jobs, union leader Tony Clark tells the AP the system needs change.

- BOSTON - Daily fantasy sports companies insist their industry remains viable. DraftKings and FanDuel have taken hits to their business in recent weeks as states move to regulate the games.

- NCAA football rules committee gives video replay officials more authority to overturn incorrect targeting fouls and call targeting penalties when they are missed on the field.

- GENEVA - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali questions the role of election rival Sheikh Salman in not protecting Bahrain players who alleged abuses after pro-democracy protests in 2011.

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