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February 26, 2014 11:57 AM EST | AP

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.

— PORTLAND, Ore. — Jason Collins settles into his 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, who visit Portland. The league's first openly gay player is expected to wear his No. 98 jersey for the first time. Meanwhile, the short-handed Blazers have won three straight. Game starts 10 p.m.

— WICHITA, Kan. — The term "mid-major," which for years had derisively referred to programs that resided outside the power conferences, has died. It was 37. The term coined in the late '70s had been on life support for the past decades as schools such as Gonzaga, VCU and Wichita State crashed the party. Coaches had a near-universal reaction to its death: "It's about time," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said.

— MIAMI — Who's that masked man? LeBron James. He's expected to wear a mask to protect his broken nose Thursday when the Miami Heat play the New York Knicks.

— GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Raymond Felton is expected to be back at practice with the New York Knicks, a day after he was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in the lowest moment of his difficult season.

—WASHINGTON — If the new Big East isn't exactly taking college basketball by storm, then Georgetown stands as the perfect example. Expected to contend for the conference title, the Hoyas find themselves in the middle of the pack, trying to stay on the bubble for an NCAA tournament bid.

— PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods returned to work in a fog at the Honda Classic, which affected only his pro-am. Having played only one PGA Tour event this year, Woods and a host of stars begin their road to the Masters.

— COLUMBIA, S.C. — A short time after her 7-year-old son, Chase, died in the Newton, Conn., shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, Becky Kowalski watched video of Winthrop basketball coach Pat Kelsey's heartfelt words about the tragedy. "He gets it," she said at the time. "He understands." The Kowalski family will meet Kelsey this week when they attend Winthrop's home game with Presbyterian on Saturday.