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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.



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TOP STORY

BKC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. — No. 4 Duke and No. 14 North Carolina renew the Atlantic Coast Conference's marquee rivalry in the regular-season finale. The Tar Heels can climb to the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament with a win and some help, while the Blue Devils can do no better than the No. 3 seed. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

NEW/DEVELOPING

GLF--CADILLAC CHAMPIONSHIP

DORAL, Fla. — Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Patrick Reed are tied for the lead as the only players under par at the Cadillac Championship after two rounds. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are six behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

With:

— DORAL, Fla. — GLF--Cadillac-Notebook. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6:30 p.m.

— DORAL, Fla. — GLF--Cadillac-Poulter. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 400 words.

CAR--NASCAR-LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS — NASCAR is about to find out whether its offseason rules changes will liven up 1.5-mile tracks like the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Everybody is hoping for more passing and better racing Sunday, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. is hoping to extend his outstanding start. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

With:

— LAS VEGAS — CAR--NASCAR-Las Vegas-Nationwide. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts 4:15 p.m.

HKN--STARS-MODANO'S 9

DALLAS — Mike Modano cried when he left the only franchise he had ever known, and when he retired a year later. So the guy who made hockey cool in Dallas is pretty sure it'll be an emotional night when the Stars raise his No. 9 to the rafters before a game against Minnesota. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BKN--CAVALIERS-ILGAUSKAS CEREMONY

CLEVELAND — Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a gentle giant who connected with Cleveland fans and became one of the city's most beloved athletes, has his No. 11 jersey retired during halftime ceremonies by the Cavaliers. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 10 p.m.

BOX--ALVAREZ-ANGULO

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez tries to rebound from his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., taking on slugger Alfredo Angulo in a junior middleweight bout. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. Starts 11:30 p.m.

SOC--MLS-SPORTING KC-SOUNDERS FC

SEATTLE — The 2014 Major League Soccer season gets underway in soccer-mad Seattle. Sporting Kansas City opens defense of its 2013 title when they face the remodeled Seattle Sounders. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 3 p.m.

RAC--SANTA ANITA

ARCADIA, Calif. — Mucho Macho Man edged Will Take Charge by a nose to win the Breeders' Cup Classic last fall. The rivals meet again in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap over the same 1¼-mile distance. In the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, Bob Baffert's Bayern is the likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby prep race. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. Handicap starts 7 p.m.

TEN--INDIAN WELLS

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal open play in the BNP Paribas Open. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patric Young scores 18 points in his final home game and No. 1 Florida routs 25th-ranked Kentucky 84-65, becoming the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league play. By Mark Long. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKC--T25-UCONN-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No. 11 Louisville tries to claim a share of the AAC title against No. 19 Connecticut, which aims to split the series in the regular-season finale for both schools. The game also marks the home finales for four Cardinals seniors including Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.

BKC--T25-NEW MEXICO-SAN DIEGO STATE

SAN DIEGO — No. 10 San Diego State, led by Xavier Thames, and No. 21 New Mexico, led by Cameron Bairstow, play for the outright Mountain West Conference title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week in Las Vegas. The Lobos beat the Aztecs by 14 points two weeks ago in Albuquerque. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

BKC--T25-MVC-MISSOURI ST-WICHITA ST

ST. LOUIS — Second-ranked Wichita State is 32-0 entering a semifinal matchup against Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Missouri State came closest to beating the Shockers, losing in overtime at home in January. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:30 p.m.

BKC--OVC-EASTERN KENTUCKY-BELMONT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Belmont Bruins try to add a second straight Ohio Valley Conference tournament title to their regular-season championship when they play Eastern Kentucky for an NCAA tournament automatic berth. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

BKC--ASUN-MERCER-FLORIDA GULF COAST

For Florida Gulf Coast and Mercer, it's time to play the ultimate tiebreaker. And for Mercer, it's a shot at a little revenge as well. After sharing the Atlantic Sun regular-season title, FGCU (22-11) and Mercer (25-8) meet Sunday on the Eagles' home floor in Fort Myers, Fla., to decide the conference's postseason champion and who gets the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKW--T25-ACC-NC STATE-NOTRE DAME

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 2 Notre Dame looks to stay unbeaten when it faces No. 14 North Carolina State in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.

Also:

— COLLEGE PARK, Md. — BKC--Maryland-ACC Finale. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— GREENSBORO, N.C. — BKW--T25-ACC-North Carolina-Duke. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

WINTER SPORTS

OLY--SOCHI PARALYMPICS

SOCHI, Russia — In the fading light in the mountains above Sochi, the athletes and flags from Russia and Ukraine appear side by side, united by success on the opening day of action at the Paralympics as the discord between their nations deepens. By Rob Harris. SENT: 600 words.

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN'S SLALOM

ARE, Sweden — American Mikaela Shiffrin retains her World Cup slalom title, adding to her Sochi Olympics gold medal in the discipline just five days before her 19th birthday. SENT: 400 words.

Also:

— KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia — SKI--Men's World Cup. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 800 words.

— VAIL, Colo. — SBD--Burton US Open. By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

OTHER NEWS

— JUPITER, Fla. — BBN--Cardinals-Carpenter. SENT: 500 words.

— ANCHORAGE, Alaska — US--Iditarod. By Dan Joling. SENT: 500 words.

— SOPOT, Poland — ATH--World Indoors. By Raf Casert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

— RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — BC-GLF--Puerto Rico Open. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — BC-MOT--AMA Supercross. UPCOMING: 350 words by 11:30 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA Capsules

— HKN--NHL Capsules

— BKC--Top 25 Capsules

— BKW--Top 25 Capsules

— SOC--MLS Capsules

Saturday's Time Schedule

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 25 Kentucky, Noon

No. 2 Wichita State vs. Missouri State at the Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 2:35 p.m.

No. 3 Arizona at Oregon, 4 p.m.

No. 4 Duke vs. No. 14 North Carolina, 9 p.m.

No. 6 Villanova vs. Georgetown, 2 p.m.

No. 8 Kansas at West Virginia, Noon

No. 10 San Diego State vs. No. 21 New Mexico, 10:05 p.m.

No. 11 Louisville vs. No. 19 UConn, 2 p.m.

No. 12 Michigan vs. Indiana, 6 p.m.

No. 13 Creighton vs. Providence, 8 p.m.

No. 15 Cincinnati at Rutgers, Noon

No. 16 Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.

No. 18 SMU at No. 20 Memphis, Noon

No. 23 Oklahoma at TCU, 4 p.m.

No. 24 Iowa vs. Illinois, 8:30 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn vs. Cincinnati at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., 2:30 p.m.

No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 N.C. State at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, 5 p.m.

No. 3 Louisville vs. Houston at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., 6 p.m.

No. 4 Stanford vs. Southern Cal at KeyArena, Seattle, 9 p.m.

No. 5 South Carolina vs. No. 12 Kentucky at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga., Noon

No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Texas A&M at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga., 2:30 p.m.

No. 7 West Virginia vs. TCU at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.

No. 9 Baylor vs. Kansas at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, 2:30 p.m.

No. 10 Duke vs. No. 13 North Carolina at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Nebraska vs. No. 19 Michigan State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, 5:55 p.m.

No. 18 Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Noon

No. 23 Iowa vs. Ohio State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, 3:30 p.m.

No. 24 Rutgers vs. SMU at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., Noon

NBA

Utah at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Orlando at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Washington at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.

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

NHL

Ottawa at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.

St. Louis at Colorado, 3 p.m.

Boston at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Washington, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Carolina at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Montreal at San Jose, 10 p.m.

EXHIBITION BASEBALL

Washington (ss) vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta (ss) vs. Washington (ss) at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. Atlanta (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

N.Y. Mets vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Houston (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Boston (ss) vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Arizona (ss) vs. LA Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

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

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

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

Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Seattle (ss) vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

Baltimore (ss) vs. Boston (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Seattle (ss) vs. LA Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

MLS

Sporting Kansas City at Seattle FC, 3 p.m.

Columbus at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

New York at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

New England at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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