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NEW YORK — Jason Collins has been warmly received in his historic return to the NBA. Now it's time for his own fans to welcome him back. More than a week after becoming the league's first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game Monday night when the Brooklyn Nets host the Chicago Bulls. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 700 words, photos.
PRETORIA, South Africa — The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing "blood-curdling" screams from a woman before she heard four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend. Pistorius, 27, says he killed Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder. Prosecutors, however, say the world-famous athlete shot his girlfriend after a fight. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 870 words, photos.
TAMPA, Fla. — Joe Namath said Yankees captain Derek Jeter is an "angel" for his life on and off the field. The quarterback was at New York's spring training game Monday to throw the ceremonial first pitch. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 310 words, photos.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A major expansion of instant replay gets its first test on Monday during a handful of spring training games in Arizona and Florida. The new rules allow each manager to challenge one call a game. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians closer and movie buff John Axford went a perfect 18-for-18 on his Academy Awards picks. Axford made the projections after the Indians game Sunday on his Facebook page. SENT: 200 words.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Russell Wilson comes to spring training Monday. Rest easy, Seahawk fans, it's just a visit for the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Drafted by Texas from Colorado in the 2013 Rule 5 draft, Wilson plans to work out, but not bat, with the Rangers on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
BBA--TIGERS-ADJUSTING TO AUSMUS
LAKELAND, Fla. — The contrasts are obvious just from looking at new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. He's going to be a slightly different type of presence than Jim Leyland in the Detroit clubhouse — and he's already hoping to change Detroit's approach a bit to fit his style. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BBO--HALL OF FAME-THOMAS
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas tours the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he'll be enshrined in August. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.
BKN--AROUND THE NBA
UNDATED — Buyout season helps the NBA's rich get richer. The remainder of the schedule will determine if they actually got better. With Danny Granger signing with the Clippers and Caron Butler with Oklahoma City, teams that were already good were able to add former All-Stars without having to give up anything except a little money. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 575 words, photos.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson took the snap from center and ran right. On the next play he sprinted left and zipped a pass to wide receiver Corey Robinson as he began work to try to return as Notre Dame's starting quarterback after missing last season for academic impropriety. By Tom Coyne. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson was blunt. Even he can't stand to watch the Philadelphia 76ers anymore. He's not the only one. The Sixers are on a 14-game losing streak and have cemented themselves as one of the worst teams in the league. While they are unwatchable this season, it's all part of a larger plan to get better through the draft. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BBC--FLORIDA ST-WINSTON WATCH
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston didn't have a ton of work this week, but was efficient in his little time on the field. He recorded a hit and a 1-2-3 inning in the weekend series against rival Miami. Things didn't go as well during a midweek exhibition against the New York Yankees, where he was 0 for 2 and did not pitch. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
TEN--HALL OF FAME
NEW YORK — Lindsay Davenport was in the middle of another major life milestone when she found out she had been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The three-time Grand Slam champion got the call when she was in a hospital about to give birth to her fourth child in early January. With daughter Haven nearly 2 months old now, Davenport can start to reflect on the honor. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 510 words.
SEATTLE — New Washington coach Chris Petersen talks about the upcoming start of spring football practice and the status of suspended quarterback Cyler Miles and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow. UPCOMING: 550 words by 8 p.m.
Breaking down this week's Associated Press college basketball poll; Virginia Rising, first NCAA tournament spot up for grabs Friday, Connecticut and Oklahoma return to the Top 25.
— With: BKC--T25-College Bkb Poll. SENT: 130 words.
UConn has won 36 straight games dating to last season's NCAA tournament run, the third-longest winning streak in school history. The Huskies will play at No. 3 Louisville on Monday before starting the American Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 640 words.
— With: BKW--T25-Women's BKB Poll. SENT: 130 words.
BKC--BIG 12-UP FOR GRABS
There are only two certainties in the Big 12: Kansas is going to finish in first place and TCU will finish last. For nearly everyone else, the final week of the season represents a chance to either improve their seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament or convince the selection committee that they deserve a bid. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING. 650 words by
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The top-ranked Connecticut women's basketball team tries to complete an unbeaten regular season and a sweep of No. 3 Louisville, which is trying for a share of the league title. The Huskies won 81-64 last month. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 700 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
Monday's Time Schedule
Memphis at Washington, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
New York at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Portland, 10 p.m.
New Orleans at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
No. 19 North Carolina vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
No. 1 UConn at No. 3 Louisville, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Oklahoma State at Texas, 8 p.m.
No. 24 Rutgers vs. South Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Montreal at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
N.Y. Mets vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Minnesota (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Boston vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
St. Louis vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Washington vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Toronto vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Houston vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Kansas City vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
San Diego vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Colorado vs. Seattle (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Seattle (ss) vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Cleveland vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.
Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:10 p.m.
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