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February 20, 2014 04:43 PM EST | AP

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A separate Olympic digest has moved.



INDIANAPOLIS — The troubling pattern of bullying among Miami Dolphins offensive linemen puts the state of the NFL locker room front and center when it comes to tolerance and respect, just as the league is on the verge of its first openly gay player. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and new general manager Dennis Hickey address the media for the first time since Ted Wells' report was released. By Michael Marot. SENT: 550 words, photos.



SOCHI, Russia — Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the second straight Olympic gold medal game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Thursday for its fourth consecutive title. Canada trailed 2-0 before Brianne Jenner and Poulin scored in the final 3:26 of regulation, and Poulin had the game-winner with a power play goal at 8:10 of overtime. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.


SOCHI, Russia — The sheer cost, size and scale of the Sochi Olympics has outstripped anything done before. The question for future Winter Games is clear: Can anyone — should anyone — try to top that? By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Russian punk band Pussy Riot ends its stay in Sochi by posting a video criticizing the Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin. The band, now off to Moscow, has been filming in Sochi and has had violent run-ins with authorities. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 500 words, photos.


Highlights from NBC's coverage of the Sochi Olympics. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 600 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — David Poile, general manager of the U.S. hockey team and the Nashville Predators, speaks Thursday for the first time since an errant puck hit him in the face and kept him from traveling to Sochi for the Winter Olympics. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.



OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder, who own the NBA's best record, start their post-All-Star slate with a home game against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to return after missing 27 games. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The field for the season-opening Daytona 500 is set through a pair of 150-mile qualifying races Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, where many drivers will be just trying to make it to the finish with their cars intact. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. Race begins at 7 pm. About 800 words.


— NASCAR-Daytona-Rookie Struggles. By Dan Gelston.

— NASCAR-Daytona-5 Things. By Mark Long. Developing from Qualifying Races.

— NASCAR-Chevrolet-Pace Car. By Mark Long. Developing from 4 pm.


TUCSON, Ariz. — Rich Rodriguez had his hands full when he arrived at Arizona, trying to rebuild a thin roster with a short recruiting window and little to offer terms of facilities. After a pair of bowl wins and completion of renovations at Arizona Stadium, Rodriguez was able to pull in a top-25 recruiting class and has the program on a nice trajectory in his year season in the desert. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte will host a soccer match between Liverpool FC and AC Milan on Aug. 2. The match will be played at Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. SENT: 150 words.



INDIANAPOLIS — The growing presence of tight ends in the NFL has created something else -- bigger tight ends. A handful of the guys who are in Indianapolis for the annual scouting combine are listed at 260 pounds or larger and that's something coaches and team executives like. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos by 7 p.m.

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MIAMI — A May trial date has been set for one of the remaining three suspects in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, who was fatally shot during a burglary at his South Florida home. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson. SENT: 200 words.



ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons have agreed on a $58 million, seven-year contract, a record deal for the latest young star locked up by the NL East champions. By Charles Odum. 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.


TAMPA — Fans gave Derek Jeter a standing ovation when he jogged onto the field to stretch, then applauded each time he stepped into the cage for batting practice. They held up signs with his name and photograph and clamored for him to throw them baseballs and even a batting glove. For all the money the Yankees spent on high-priced additions, Jeter was the center of attention during their first full-squad workout during spring training. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING 700 words, photos, by 7 p.m.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Starter Homer Bailey discusses his six-year, $105 million deal that helps the Reds with their cash flow by deferring some of the money. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Fifth-ranked Duke travels to North Carolina on Thursday night in the weather-delayed rivalry. The teams were supposed to meet eight days ago before a winter storm hit the region and kept the Blue Devils from making the trip to Chapel Hill, where they have won the past two meetings. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words and photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.


Thursday's Time Schedule


Miami at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Denver at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Top 25


No. 5 Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m.

No. 13 Michigan State at Purdue, 7 p.m.

No. 21 UConn at Temple, 9 p.m.

No. 22 Memphis at Rutgers, 7 p.m.

No. 25 Gonzaga at BYU, 9 p.m.


No. 2 Notre Dame at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.

No. 4 South Carolina at No. 15 Kentucky, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Duke vs. No. 14 N.C. State, 6:30 p.m.

No. 8 Maryland vs. Florida State, 8:30 p.m.

No. 9 Penn State vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.

No. 10 Tennessee vs. Auburn, 7 p.m.

No. 11 North Carolina at Virginia, 6:30 p.m.

No. 16 Texas A&M at Mississippi, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Nebraska at Ohio State, 7 p.m.

No. 19 LSU at Georgia, 7 p.m.

No. 21 Purdue at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan State at Wisconsin, 9 p.m.