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March 05, 2018 - 2:15 pm

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TOP STORIES

BKC--T25-ACC TOURNAMENT

NEW YORK — The first day of most conference tournaments is largely reserved for bottom-of-the-standings teams, hoping for a long-shot championship run to an automatic NCAA bid. At the ACC Tournament, however, the most interesting team might be 10th seed Notre Dame. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

GLF--LEFTY'S BACK

MEXICO CITY — Phil Mickelson knew this was coming, even when he had so little to show for it. He is 47 and 101 tournaments had passed since he last won, at the 2013 British Open. In more than two decades on the PGA Tour, he had gone only two seasons without winning. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKN--LEBRON-OSCARS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James joins Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and others from the NBA in congratulating Kobe Bryant on his Academy Award in the animated short film category. As for James, an NBA title trophy, not an Oscar, is his immediate goal. By Tom Withers. SENT: 350 words, photos.

AP POLLS

BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL

RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia is a unanimous No. 1 in the latest Top 25 poll, with Michigan jumping to No. 7 after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Villanova is No. 2, followed by Xavier, Michigan State and Duke. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKW--WOMEN'S BKB POLL

NEW YORK — UConn (30-0) extends its unanimous run at No. 1 in the women's poll. The Huskies (30-0) can win the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Monday night. Baylor moves up to No. 2 and is followed by Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOC--MOORE'S EUROPEAN MOVE

VALENCIA, Spain — Shaq Moore is trying to make it in Europe the hard way. He could have stayed in the U.S., looking to make the national team and draw attention from European clubs. Instead, he went to Europe to join smaller teams and work his way up, just like other European youngsters. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick has opened the season with consecutive victories to push his NASCAR win total to 100. It's been an interesting journey to that milestone for Dale Earnhardt's replacement. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--CARDIAC CANES

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami coach Jim Larranaga calls his team the cardiac kids. The Hurricanes have won four consecutive games, all decided on the final possession, to earn the No. 3 seeding in this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKC--FLORIDA'S FINEST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida is playing its best basketball heading into the postseason. It's the perfect scenario for a team that, at times this season, looked as if it could play with — and beat — anybody in the country. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKC--SOUTH CAROLINA-LAST CHANCE

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina, last year's Final Four surprise, has one last desperate chance to make the NCAA Tournament when the Southeastern Conference Tournament begins. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Two Tournament Finals (NCAA berths)

— BKC--MAAC-FAIRFIELD-IONA — Fairfield vs. Iona in Albany, N.Y., for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— BKC--SOCON-EAST TENNESSEE ST-UNC GREENSBORO — UNC Greensboro vs. East Tennessee State in Asheville, N.C., for Southern Conference title. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--NCAA TOURNAMENT-ANNOUNCERS — Verne Lundquist, 77, steps away from calling NCAA Tournament games. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 140 words.

Women:

BKW--T25-B12-TEXAS-BAYLOR

OKLAHOMA CITY — No. 2 Baylor, winners of 27 in a row, faces No. 8 Texas for the Big 12 Tournament title. Baylor is coming off a 94-48 rout of TCU, the most lopsided score in Big 12 Tournament history. The Lady Bears beat Texas for the tournament titles in 2015 and 2016. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

BKW--T25-AMERICAN-CINCINNATI-UCONN

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Top-ranked and unbeaten UConn takes on Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference semifinals. The Huskies are looking to win their 100th straight game against an AAC opponent and reach a fifth straight league championship game. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

BKW--MAAC-QUINNIPIAC-MARIST

ALBANY, N.Y. — Quinnipiac looks to win its second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship when it faces rival Marist in the title game. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--HAAS RETURNS

Bill Haas returns to golf this week knowing the Valspar Championship in Florida will be unlike any of the previous 347 times he has played on the PGA Tour. He is playing for the first time since he was the passenger in a car accident in Los Angeles in which the driver died. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — The Portland Trail Blazers, who have won six straight to move into first place in the Northwest Division, play a Los Angeles Lakers team that returns home on a five-game winning streak. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--CUBS-WILSON

MESA, Ariz. — For all the changes in the Chicago Cubs bullpen this spring, one of the biggest keys might be the return to form of Justin Wilson after he struggled following last summer's trade with Detroit. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--PSG-REAL MADRID

PARIS — After repeated failures in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain needs to overturn a 3-1 deficit against defending champion Real Madrid on Tuesday in the second leg of the round of 16. PSG will be without Neymar, who has a broken foot and is done for the season. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--CRYSTAL PALACE-MAN UNITED — Man United looks to regain second place in Premier League by beating relegation-threatened Crystal Palace. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.

— SOC--UEFA-ASTORI TRIBUTE — Tributes set for Italian league captain Davide Astori, who died at 31 of suspected heart attack. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SOC--FIFA-IRAQ-SECURITY — Two Iraqi clubs barred from hosting tournament games because of security risks. SENT: 130 words.

— SOC--FA-APOLOGY — English soccer head apologizes for Star of David ban comment. SENT: 140 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--TIE BREAK TENS

NEW YORK — Serena and Venus Williams headline an eight-woman field for a Tie Break Tens tournament at Madison Square Garden. All matches consist of 10-point tiebreakers, rather than standard games and sets. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Play starts 7:30 p.m.

— Also:

— TEN--FEDERER EXHIBITION — Roger Federer plays charity exhibition in San Jose, Calif. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Match starts 10 p.m.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP

With an entirely new rotation and a 10-1 record, Clemson is off to its best start since 2010 after winning its series against rival South Carolina. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

OTHER

— FBN--CROMARTIE RETIREMENT — Cornerback Antonio Cromartie retires after 11 years in league. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— IDITAROD — Sixty-seven sled dog teams leave Willow, Alaska, on their 1,000-mile trek toward the Iditarod finish in Nome. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6 p.m.

— FORMER NASCAR DRIVER-ARREST — Ex-NASCAR driver Rick Crawford charged in Florida with trying to entice minor into sex. SENT: 140 words.

— ATH--IAAF-CEO RESIGNS — IAAF CEO Olivier Gers resigns over "commercial strategy. SENT: 100 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Monday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Detroit at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Orlando at Utah, 9 p.m.

Portland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Calgary at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Arizona at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 6 Gonzaga vs. San Francisco at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.

No. 20 Saint Mary's vs. BYU at Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn vs. Cincinnati at Uncasville, Conn., 7 p.m.

No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 8 Texas at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.

No. 19 South Florida vs. UCF at Uncasville, Conn., 4:30 p.m.

No. 22 Green Bay vs. Youngstown State at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Miami vs. Houston at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Arizona vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 8:40 p.m.

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