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TOP STORY:

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: 1,200 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC--T25-KANSAS-SENIOR DAY

LAWRENCE, Kan. — When eighth-ranked Kansas steps onto the floor at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, it will be the final home game for seniors Tarik Black, Niko Roberts and Justin Wesley. Barely heard of them? Maybe you've heard of Andrew Wiggins. It also figures to be the last home game for the Jayhawks' talented freshman, who has already declared his intention to head to the NBA after this season. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words.

BKC--ARKANSAS-CLARKE'S VERSATILITY

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Coty Clarke wasn't one of the most heralded recruits when he arrived at Arkansas out of junior college before last season. The senior, however, has since turned into one of the most important — and versatile — players for the surging Razorbacks, who have won seven of eight games and appear on the verge of returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 600 words.

BKC--T25-SAN DIEGO ST-FISHER

SAN DIEGO — It's come down to this for No. 10 San Diego State — win at UNLV on Wednesday night and the Aztecs will be playing for the outright Mountain West Conference championship at home Saturday night against No. 21 New Mexico. The Aztecs certainly aren't looking past the third-place Runnin' Rebels, but they know what's at stake. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 550 words.

BKW--SEC TOURNAMENT

DULUTH, Ga. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says the depth of the SEC gives her extra pride in the Gamecocks' first conference title. The Gamecocks (26-3, 14-2 SEC) are the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference tournament, which begins on Wednesday night. By Charles Odum. SENT: 675 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 teams. When the tournament starts Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C., the team to beat will be the newest member of the conference: Notre Dame, the top seed and one of the nation's last two undefeated teams. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— Also:

— STORRS, Conn. — BKC--T25-UConn-Napier. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 675 words.

— CINCINNATI — BKC--T25-Cincinnati-Down the Stretch. By Joe Kay. SENT: 700 words.

BASEBALL:

BBN--BREWERS-LEADING OFF

PHOENIX — Near the top of the Milwaukee Brewers' to-do list this spring is settling on a leadoff hitter. So many options, but perhaps not quite the perfect fit just yet. Thankfully for manager Ron Roenicke, there are still three-plus weeks of spring training to figure out who will replace the traded Norichika Aoki atop the order. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 600 words.

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: 400 words.

BBN--CUBS-BRYANT

MESA, Ariz. — No. 77 would seem to be the typical spring training number assigned to a player soon to be heading to the minors. The Chicago Cubs, though, see a large piece of their future in that number. And that future may not be far away. Third baseman Kris Bryant is a significant prospect. SENT: 475 words.

— Also:

— LAKELAND, Fla. — BBA--Tigers-Dirks. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 300 words.

— SARASOTA, Fla. — BBA--Orioles-Santana. SENT: 400 words.

NHL:

HKN--NHL TRADE RDP

NEW YORK — NHL trade deadline day was widely expected to be busy. The day before might prove to be even wilder. Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie Roberto Luongo, who was ushered out of Vancouver and sent back to Florida eight years after he was sent packing. By Ira Podell. SENT: 1,000 words.

WINTER SPORTS:

SBD--RIDING WITH BURTON

There's a good chance almost any of the world's top snowboarders would've said 'yes' to Myles Beute. But the ninth grader from Michigan, undergoing monthly treatments for leukemia, asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to set him up for a day on the slopes with Jake Burton. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 500 words.

GOLF:

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-030414

DORAL, Fla. — Steve Stricker usually doesn't show up at a tournament on Sunday. He made an exception for the Cadillac Championship, and it made perfect sense. And not just because snow is in the forecast at home in Wisconsin. This is the 20-year anniversary of the first time Stricker played the Blue Monster at Doral. Now it seems as if he's on a blind date. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words.

— Also:

— DORAL, Fla. — GLF--Golf Notes. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words.

OSCAR PISTORIUS:

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 South African home. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

NBA:

BKN--BUCKS-RESET

MILWAUKEE — In a challenging season, sometimes a trade serves as a way to give a team a fresh start. That is what's happened with the Milwaukee Bucks the past five games since acquiring Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien at the trade deadline. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 550 words.

— Also:

— DALLAS — BKN--Mavericks-Playoff Test. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 575 words, photos.

— DENVER — BKN--Faltering Nuggets. By Pat Graham. SENT: 600 words.

SOCCER:

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, he kept scoring goals. Now that he has finally gained some valuable experience with the U.S. national team and proven to be a reliable playmaker up front, Wondolowski's next challenge will be making the 23-man World Cup roster for this year's tournament in Brazil. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SOC--MLS-SOUNDERS FC PREVIEW

TUKWILA, Wash. — Seattle will go into the 2014 season with the same belief that anything less than an MLS title is not success. But they'll do it with a completely overhauled roster, the result of the slide at the end of 2013. By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words.

— Also:

— AYIA NAPA, Cyprus — SOC--US-Ukraine. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. SENT: 550 words.

— LONDON — SOC--England-Psychiatrist. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 200 words.

OTHER NEWS:

— UNDATED — FBC--North Carolina-Academic Probe. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words.

— AUSTIN, Texas — CYC--Armstrong-Lawsuit. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 500 words.

— COLUMBUS, Ohio — FBC--Ohio St-Meyer. By Rusty Miller. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— CORAL GABLES, Fla. — BBC--Miami-Perfect Game. SENT: 130 words.

— UNDATED — FBN--Browner-Reinstated. SENT: 300 words.

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Wednesday's Time Schedule

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 3 Arizona at Oregon State, 11 p.m.

No. 4 Duke at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.

No. 8 Kansas vs. Texas Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 9 Wisconsin vs. Purdue, 9 p.m.

No. 10 San Diego State at UNLV, 11:05 p.m.

No. 11 Louisville at No. 18 SMU, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Saint Louis vs. Dayton, 9 p.m.

No. 19 UConn vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m.

No. 21 New Mexico vs. Air Force, 9 p.m.

No. 23 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 22 Middle Tennessee at Tulane, 8 p.m.

NBA

Houston at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Utah at Washington, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Memphis at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Golden State at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Denver, 8 p.m.

New York at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Toronto at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

Ottawa at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

Montreal at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

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

Baltimore vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

N.Y. Yankees vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (ss) vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. N.Y. Mets (ss) at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

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

L.A. Angels vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Colorado (ss) vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

Kansas City vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

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