Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Pau Gasol is expected to miss his fifth straight game for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night while he recovers from a concussion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dwight Howard is back in the Los Angeles Lakers' starting lineup after missing three games with a right shoulder injury.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers forward Jordan Hill has been told he needs season-ending surgery on his injured left hip.