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TOP STORY

PISTORIUS TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius vomits in the dock at his murder trial as he hears graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he shot, including a head wound that was probably instantly fatal, according to the pathologist who performed her autopsy. By Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--PICK SIX-BUBBLE WATCH

The big bubble winner over the weekend: Nebraska. When the NCAA selection committee draws up the brackets Sunday, it's hard to imagine the Cornhuskers will be on the outside looking in. Here's a Pick Six of other bubble teams and what they need to do in the upcoming conference tournaments. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 635 words, photos.

BKC--NEBRASKA-MILES MAGIC

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska hired Tim Miles because of his reputation for turning around moribund basketball programs. It looks as if he's done it again. He has the Cornhuskers on the cusp of their first NCAA tournament since 1998. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

BKC--KENTUCKY'S FREEFALL

LEXINGTON, Ky. — This group of Kentucky freshmen was supposed to make Wildcat fans forget the embarrassing first-round NIT loss. There was even talk of an undefeated season. Now, Kentucky has lost three of its last four games and fallen out of the Top 25. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKC--MERCER-GOLLON'S WAIT

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jakob Gollon's 153rd career game at Mercer will be his first appearance in the NCAA tournament. His is a six-year college basketball odyssey unlike any other, and a trip to the Big Dance makes all he's endured very much worthwhile. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. EDT.

Men's Conference Tournament Finals

— Colonial — Delaware vs. William & Mary, at Baltimore, 7 p.m.

— Metro Atlantic — Iona vs. Manhattan, at Springfield, Mass., 7 p.m.

— Southern — Western Carolina vs. Wofford, at Asheville, N.C., 9 p.m.

BKW--T25-AAC-LOUISVILLE-UCONN

UNCASCILLE, Conn. — Top-ranked Connecticut will try and finish off an undefeated regular season when it faces No. 3 Louisville in the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament title game. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

Other women's tournament finals:

— Big 12 — West Virginia vs. Baylor, at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.

— Metro Atlantic — Quinnipiac vs. Marist, at Springfield, Mass., 2 p.m.

— Southern — Chattanooga vs. Davidson, at Asheville, N.C., 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--T25-Ballot Breakdown. By Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— BKW--T25-Ballot Breakdown. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING

HKN--NHL GM MEETING

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Overtime changes and video review are expected to be the top items on the agenda when NHL general managers begin meeting. GMs are trying to cut down on the number of shootouts that decide regular-season games. SENT: 130 words. UPDATED: 400 words by 5 p.m.

TEN--INDIAN WELLS

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer highlight the start of the second week at the BNP Paribas Open. Li Na and Maria Sharapova are among the women playing at Indian Wells. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.

IDITAROD

NOME, Alaska — With Jeff King attempting to hold off other mushers in the last stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the town famous for the finish line is getting ready for the teams to come in. By Mark Thiessen. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPDATES throughout day.

NFL

FBN--SALARY CAP JAIL

The Redskins and Cowboys are out of salary cap jail. For the last two years, the NFC East rivals have been constrained by a disputed ruling that limited how much money they could spend on players. Starting Tuesday, they'll have the same $133 million cap as everyone else when free agency begins. By Joseph White. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FBN--LIONS OWNERSHIP

DETROIT — Martha Ford, the wife of William Clay Ford, will take over controlling interest of the Detroit Lions after the longtime owner's death. The 88-year-old William Clay Ford died Sunday. He was the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford. By Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR's new qualifying format is a hit with fans, who are taken by the drama and intrigue of knockout rounds. But drivers think parts of the system are too dangerous. Correcting that should be NASCAR's immediate concern. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

GLF--ON GOLF: TOUR TURNOVER

DORAL, Fla. — Two players have combined to win five of the 16 events on the PGA Tour. That would be Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed, not Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. It's just another example that winning is getting harder, even for those who are used to winning. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--MARLINS-FURCAL

JUPITER, Fla. — Newcomer Rafael Furcal has won raves in the Miami Marlins' camp for his enthusiasm and energy. But doubts persist about the 36-year-old infielder's hitting and health. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BBN--GIANTS-BONDS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Bonds is wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform once again, now as a hitting coach at spring training. The career home runs leader joined his former team Monday at camp for a weeklong stay. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBC--PICK SIX-COLLEGE RDP

Kentucky scored at a clip this past weekend like it never has before in the 105-year history of its baseball program. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — BBC--Florida St-Winston Watch. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FEATURES

BOSTON MARATHON-SECURITY

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — The number of police officers patrolling this year's Boston Marathon will be doubled to more than 3,500, one year after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BIG TEN EXPERIENCE

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten is putting the final touches on its version of Cooperstown or Canton. It's not quite a Hall of Fame, but the Big Experience will allow fans to relive favorite moments through interactive exhibits when the museum opens this spring or summer. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BOX--CHINESE BOXER

NEW YORK — Zhang Zhilei, a 6-foot-6 Chinese super heavyweight who won the Olympic silver medal in 2008, is the first fighter to join Dino Duva's promotion company. Duva is partners in Dynasty Boxing with Tommy and Terry Lane, sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane. SENT: 130 words, UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

OTHER NEWS

— ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Legislator-NBA Tweet— Minnesota lawmaker apologizes for tweet about NBA that was criticized as racist. By Brian Bakst. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— WASHINGTON — Concussion Guidelines. New guidelines for managing concussions released by national trainers group. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

— DALY CITY, Calif. — LPGA-Swinging Skirts. Preview of next month's Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, which organizers hope will keep the tour in the Bay Area. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

— AMSTERDAM — SOC--WCup-Netherlands-Strootman Out. In big loss for Dutch, Keven Strootman likely to miss World Cup. SENT: 120 words, photos.

— BERLIN — SOC--Bayern-Hoeness Trial. Bayern Munich president admits not paying millions in taxes. By David Rising. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA Capsules

— HKN--NHL Capsules

— BKW--Top 25 Capsules

Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA

Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

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

Orlando at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Utah, 9 p.m.

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

NHL

Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m.

Nashville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

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

Columbus at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Calgary, 9 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Toronto at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Women

No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 3 Louisville at Uncasville, Conn., , 7 p.m.

No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 9 Baylor at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.

No. 25 DePaul vs. Marquette at Rosemont, Ill., 6:30 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Seattle (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Houston vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Seattle (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 10:10 p.m.

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