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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.



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TOP STORIES:

BKC--T25-DUKE-WAKE FOREST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski may have poured too much emotion into No. 4 Duke's trip to Wake Forest. The rest of the Blue Devils didn't seem to have enough. The Demon Deacons upset Duke 82-72 on Wednesday night after Coach K experienced enough dizziness and light-headedness to force him to kneel during a late timeout and skip his postgame news conference. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 875 words, photos.

HKN--NHL TRADE DEADLINE

Martin St. Louis told Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman more than once he wanted to play for another team. The reigning NHL scoring leader got his wish — hours before the league's trade deadline — in one of 20 trades that involved 38 players Wednesday. Tampa Bay dealt its unhappy captain to the New York Rangers for their rugged captain, Ryan Callahan. By Larry Lage. SENT: 855 words, photos.

VIDEO:

— In just a few months, Jamie Stanton has moved up in the world rankings on the disabled circuit. Now the University of Denver student is heading to his first Paralympics to compete in four Alpine skiing events in Sochi.

— Russell Wilson has enjoyed spending time with the Texas Rangers. Yet the Seattle Seahawks are never far from the young quarterback's mind.

NEW AND DEVELOPING:

AF--PISTORIUS-TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa — A neighbor of Oscar Pistorius has returned to the stand to give evidence in the star athlete's murder trial in South Africa. Charl Johnson, who says he heard gunshots and a woman screaming on the night Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was testifying at Thursday's proceedings. Johnson left the stand Wednesday to retrieve some notes he said he made after Steenkamp's shooting death. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 139 words, photos. Will be updated.

GLF--CADILLAC CHAMPIONSHIP

DORAL, Fla. — The Cadillac Championship gets underway with great uncertainty — about the golf course, about Tiger Woods, about who is No. 1. Even the players who have been here almost as long as 20-year-old Jordan Spieth has been on earth are starting from scratch this week. The routing of the 18 holes goes in the same direction. Everything else about Trump National Doral is new. Golf Writer By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 873 words, photos by 3:45 a.m.

SOC--US-UKRAINE

LARNACA, Cyprus — On a night that gave a small contingent of Ukrainian fans an opportunity to wave their flags and unite amid a political crisis back home, their national soccer team eased past the United States 2-0 Wednesday in an exhibition game shifted from Kharkiv to a Mediterranean island nation 600 miles to the south. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. SENT: 875 words, photos.

PRO BASKETBALL:

BKN--HAWKS-TRAIL BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers' game against the Hawks: Don't let Kyle Korver get the ball. Korver wound up with few chances and his NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer was snapped in Atlanta's 102-78 loss to Portland on Wednesday night. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 819 words, photos.

Also:

— NEW YORK — BKN-Nets-Collins. Nets sign Jason Collins to another 10-day contract. SENT: 115 words, photos.

— NEW YORK — BKN--Nets-Garnett Out. Nets' Kevin Garnett sits out 3rd straight game with back spasms. SENT: 72 words, photos.

PRO HOCKEY:

HKN--LIGHTNING-RANGERS TRADE

NEW YORK — Martin St. Louis' day started way better than it finished. The former Tampa Bay Lightning star got his wish when he was dealt to the New York Rangers on NHL trade deadline day. He then got into the lineup with his new team right away, but wasn't able to celebrate his first home win on Broadway. Tyler Bozak scored on a penalty shot and then got the winning goal 1:51 into overtime to lift Toronto to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night after the Maple Leafs squandered a two-goal lead in the third period. By Ira Podell. SENT: 917 words, photos.

Also:

— MONTREAL — HKN--Canadiens-Islanders Trade. Canadiens acquire Vanek from Islanders. SENT: 277 words.

— COLUMBUS, Ohio — HKN--Kings-Blue Jackets Trade. LA Kings acquire Marian Gaborik from Columbus for Matt Frattin, 2 draft picks. By Rusty Miller. SENT: 995 words, photos.

PRO FOOTBALL:

FBN--BEARS-HESTER

CHICAGO — Record-setting returner Devin Hester said Wednesday he will not be back with the Chicago Bears next season. "From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," Hester told the NFL Network. The returner who matched Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' record with his 19th touchdown last season added that the Bears are "parting ways" with him. The team declined comment. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 580 words, photos.

Also:

— DENVER — FBN--Broncos-Bailey. Person familiar with situation tells AP that Broncos are expected to release CB Champ Bailey. By Pat Graham. SENT: 134 words.

— FBN--Browner-Reinstated. Suspended CB Brandon Browner reinstated by NFL, must miss 4 games at start of season. SENT: 192 words.

— CLEVELAND — FBN--Browns-Bess Released. Browns release troubled WR Davone Bess. By Tom Withers. SENT: 583 words, photos.

— PITTSBURGH — FBN--Steelers-Moves. Steelers sign Polamalu, Miller to extensions. By Will Graves. SENT: 618 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

FBC--10-SECOND RULE

NEW YORK — Round 1 in the fight over pace of play in college football goes to those who have the need for speed. The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal Wednesday that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock. After a conference call, the committee decided not to send the so-called 10-second rule to the playing rules oversight panel for approval Thursday. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 824 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC-NCAA-MATCH-UPS

March Madness is ramping up with the conference tournaments starting this week and the NCAA tournament just around the corner. With the excitement building, it seems like a good time to start looking at match-ups. We're not talking seedings, potential upsets, things like that. This will be more of a dream sequence, sort of like when Fletch played for the Lakers. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 569 words, photos.

Also:

— WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — BKC--T25-Duke-Krzyzewski. Coach K suffers dizziness during loss to Wake. SENT: 122 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

US-REL-MARIANO-RIVERA'S-CHURCH

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Being retired hasn't stopped Mariano Rivera from picking up one more save. The legendary Yankees reliever has renovated a long-vacant suburban New York church that will be the new home of his wife's ministry starting Thursday. By Jim Fitzgerald. SENT: 634 words, photos. Will be updated after ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m.

FEATURES:

OLY-SOCHI-PARALYMPICS

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: 747 words, photos.

ALSO:

— SOC--International Rdp. Neymar hat trick, Ronaldo record in WCup warmups. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 639 words, photos.

— SOC--Algarve Cup. Japan rallies to tie US women 1-1 at Algarve Cup. SENT: 489 words, photos.

— MOSCOW — HKO--Russia-Coach Out. Russia ice hockey coach Bilyaletdinov out after team's failure at Sochi Olympics. SENT: 127 words.

— LOS ANGELES — US-TV-Skating-Specials. Olympians Meryl Davis, Charlie White among performers set for ABC figure-skating specials. SENT: 138 words, photos.

— ANCHORAGE, Alaska — US--Iditarod. Zirkle hopes to become first female winner of the Iditarod in 24 years. By Mark Thiessen. SENT: 731 words, photos.

— SYDNEY — SAI--Americas Cup-Australia. Olympic champion Mathew Belcher to skipper Team Australia's America's Cup challenge. SENT: 268 words, photos.

— EDMONTON, Alberta — HKN-Oilers-Female-Goalie. Olympic women's goalie Shannon Szabados practices with NHL's short-handed Oilers. SENT: 262 words, photos.

— HOUSTON — FBN--Texans-Cheerleader-Prom. 10,000 retweets gets Houston-area teen a prom date with a Houston Texans cheerleader. SENT: 144 words.

Thursday's Time Schedule

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 6 Villanova at Xavier, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Cincinnati vs. No. 20 Memphis, 7 p.m.

No. 22 Michigan State vs. No. 24 Iowa, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 13 North Carolina vs. Wake Forest at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, 8:30 p.m.

No. 23 Iowa vs. Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, 2:25 p.m.

NBA

Miami at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

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

NHL

Washington at Boston, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Chicago, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Vancouver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Montreal at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

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

EXHIBITION BASEBALL

N.Y. Yankees vs. Philadelphia (ss) at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

N.Y. Mets vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (ss) vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

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

Seattle vs. Chicago White Sox (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

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

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

Washington vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

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