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TOP STORIES:

BBA--KINSLER'S COMMENTS

LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler says comments attributed to him in a recent magazine story were taken out of context. Kinsler was quoted as saying he hopes Texas goes 0-162 this year after trading him in the offseason. He's also quoted as calling Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a "sleaze ball." By Noah Trister. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.

CAR--INDYCAR-KURT BUSCH-INDY 500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's been 10 years since a driver last attempted running both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, a feat so grueling that only Tony Stewart has successfully completed all 1,100 miles. Now Kurt Busch wants to give "the double" a try and he will have cars capable of winning both races. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

FBC--OHIO ST-MEYER

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coach Urban Meyer arrives at spring practice with fresh questions about his health after a weekend procedure in which fluid was drained from a brain cyst. Meyer says he doesn't expect to miss any time with the Buckeyes. By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOC--US-WONDOLOWSKI'S CHANCE

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For years, Chris Wondolowski waited for this chance. He kept pushing through training as he was passed over to play for his country, hoping the opportunity would eventually come. All the while, the San Jose Earthquakes striker kept scoring goals. Now that he has finally gained some valuable international experience with the U.S. national team and proven himself a reliable playmaker up front, Wondolowski's next challenge will be making the 23-man World Cup roster for this summer's tournament in Brazil. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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SOC--US-Ukraine, from AYIA NAPA, Cyprus: With the country in turmoil, Ukraine's national soccer team says it is a symbol of the country's unity. The Ukrainians are scheduled to face the United States in an exhibition game on Wednesday night in a match moved to Cyprus for security reasons. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. SENT: 525 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

Providence has put itself in position to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade with a strong late-season run. The Friars know there's still some work to do if they're going to get it, just like so many other teams fighting for spots on the NCAA tournament bubble. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos

BKC--T25-SAN DIEGO ST-FISHER

SAN DIEGO — After moving back into The Associated Press Top 10, San Diego State prepares for its game at UNLV on Wednesday night before a season-ending showdown against New Mexico for the Mountain West Conference title. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

Women

BKW--SEC TOURNAMENT

DULUTH, Ga. — The SEC brings only four Top 25 teams into the conference tournament which begins on Wednesday, but the NCAA RPI supports claims by coaches that the league is deep. The SEC has 13 teams in the top 100 of the RPI, including five in the top 12. South Carolina was the SEC's regular-season champion. By Charles Odum. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKW--ACC TOURNAMENT

UNDATED — There's once again a clear favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Only this time, it's not one of the usual three contenders. The team to beat is undefeated and top-seeded ACC newcomer Notre Dame, and not Duke, Maryland or North Carolina — who have combined to win every ACC tournament since 1997. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING

PISTORIUS-TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa — For two days, the witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was the memory of the screams she heard on the night that the double-amputee athlete fatally shot his girlfriend in his home. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-030414

DORAL, Fla. — Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is in his first year as a PGA Tour member. He moved from Spain to Miami, meaning he knows the new Blue Monster at Doral better than any of the other 68 players at the Cadillac Championship, including four-time winner Tiger Woods. Never has a course so familiar looked so different. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

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GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,110 words by 6 p.m.

BKN--MAVERICKS-PLAYOFF TEST

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki joked that the Mavericks don't "want to see anyone" if they make the playoffs because they haven't beaten any of the likely opponents in more than two months. Dallas will get several chances to end the drought in a tough six-game stretch. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

HOCKEY

HKN--PENGUINS-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Goaltender Pekka Rinne is expected to be in net Tuesday night for his first game since Oct. 22 when the Nashville Predators host the Pittsburgh Penguins desperately needing a win to keep chase in the Western Conference. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

HKN--AVALANCHE-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — It's back to the United Center for Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks to take on the Colorado Avalanche after beating the snow, the cold and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field. The Blackhawks are facing another difficult opponent, and they'll have to make do without Marian Hossa, who's expected to miss two to three weeks because of an upper-body injury. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--MLS-SOUNDERS FC PREVIEW

TUKWILA, Wash. — When the collapse began last fall, the Seattle Sounders went from MLS favorites to a crumbling club where it was obvious changes needed to be made. That led to a roster overhaul by the Sounders, but with the same expectations of competing for a league title. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words.

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Tuesday's Time Schedule

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 1 Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Syracuse vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Michigan at Illinois, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Creighton at Georgetown, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m.

No. 25 Kentucky vs. Alabama, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 7 West Virginia vs. Kansas, 7 p.m.

No. 9 Baylor at Iowa State, 8 p.m.

No. 25 DePaul vs. Georgetown, 9 p.m.

NBA

Golden State at Indiana, 7 p.m.

San Antonio at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Miami at Houston, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.

Detroit at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Vancouver at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Ottawa at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

Carolina at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

MLB

Exhibition Baseball

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

Arizona vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Oakland (ss) at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Oakland (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Texas vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Toronto vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 6:35 p.m.

Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

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