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DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods says his back is feeling good enough to play the Cadillac Championship at Doral. He just won't be playing the new Blue Monster until the opening round Thursday. His health is only part of the drama at Doral. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.


— GLF--Cadillac Championship-Trump. Donald Trump loves his new golf course at Doral, or Trump National Doral as it's now known, and wasn't afraid to say so on the eve of the Cadillac Championship on the rebuilt Blue Monster. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

— GLF--Cadillac-Notebook. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.


LARNACA, Cyprus — In a game moved from Karkhiv because of political turmoil, the United States plays Ukraine with a group of players nearly all based in Europe. Game started 2 p.m. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.



NHL teams were busy in the days leading up to today's trade deadline, trying to make moves to get in a better position for the playoffs in the hopes of hoisting the Stanley Cup. In a surprise, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a major deal by swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.


A proposed college football rule change that would penalize offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock is scheduled to go before a panel for approval Thursday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. ET.


— FBC--Alabama-Saban: Alabama coach Nick Saban says the proposed 10-second rule is about safety not getting a competitive advantage for defenses. By John Zenor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m. ET.


PRETORIA, South Africa — A month before he fatally shot his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius cajoled a friend into taking the blame when a gun was accidentally fired under the Johannesburg restaurant table where he and other friends were sitting, according to testimony Wednesday in the double-amputee runner's murder trial. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 710 words, video, photos.


Overshadowed by the international crisis over Ukraine, Russia welcomes the sporting world back to Sochi this week for Winter Paralympics that will be snubbed by some politicians and will struggle to match the successful Winter Olympics that ended less than two weeks ago in the Black Sea resort. By Rob Harris. SENT: 725 words, photos.



SARASOTA, Fla. — Johan Santana is hoping the Baltimore Orioles' patience with him pays off in another chance to pitch in the big leagues. He signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Orioles this week, and worked out with them for the first time on Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.


— BBN--METS-HARVEY: Matt Harvey may not throw a single pitch this season, but he's already earned $60,000 in bonuses. The 2014 contract of the injured New York Mets star contains unusual provisions that reward him for 2013 accomplishments. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 270 words.



OMAHA, Neb. — It's been a season of no regrets for Creighton's Doug McDermott. He has loudly and clearly answered naysayers who predicted he wouldn't be tough enough to hack it in the Big East. The fact is, he's never been better. By Eric Olson. SENT: 840 words, photos.


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Here they come again? Florida Gulf Coast — that "Dunk City" troupe that captured the nation's attention in last season's NCAA tournament — is two wins away from heading back to the Big Dance, and the Eagles are taking a very businesslike approach to the potential return to the spotlight. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 640 words, photos.



SUNRISE, Fla. — Roberto Luongo never wanted to leave Florida. Now the popular goaltender is back with the moribund Panthers, one of the more intriguing deals that went down as the NHL trade deadline neared. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5:30 p.m. EST.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Almost every musher says Aliy Zirkle will win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But they're quick to add, it won't be this year — if they can help it. Zirkle is attempting to become only the third woman ever to win the nearly thousand-mile race across Alaska and the first since the late Susan Butcher won her fourth title in 1990. Zirkle has come close the last two years, finishing second in both races. By Mark Thiessen. SENT: 685 words, photos.


Wednesday's Time Schedule

College Basketball (Top 25)


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.


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


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.


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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