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ATH--BOSTON MARATHON-UNFINISHED BUSINESS
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner stepped in a pothole at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring and opened up a cut where his running blade attached below his right knee. He cursed his luck as he stopped every mile to clean the wound. But that bump in the road just may have kept him from being in the midst of the chaos. Glasbrenner was three blocks from the finish when the marathon was halted by the two bomb explosions. Glasbrenner is one of 4,781 runners taking the race up on its offer to return — a chance to settle some unfinished business when they line up at the start again. SENT: 1,175 words, photos, video. By Pat Graham and Alex Sanz.
DENVER — Peyton Manning delivers the keynote address at the Boy Scouts of America's annual breakfast Wednesday and makes his first public comments since the Denver Broncos were trounced by Seattle from the opening snap of the Super Bowl. By AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 650 words.
ATLANTA — Fast-growing Major League Soccer is adding another expansion team, awarding a franchise to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank for the city's new retractable roof stadium, scheduled to open in 2017. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 7 p.m. EDT. Announcement scheduled for 5 p.m.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 820 words, photos.
PITTSBURGH — The heavily favored Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night. The Penguins swept the season series from Columbus, which has never won a postseason game. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks open the first round of the playoffs against Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars. Top-seeded Anaheim is coming off the best regular season in franchise history, while wild-card Dallas hasn't even been in the postseason since 2008. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning, who surged past Montreal to finish second in the Atlantic Division, open a best of 7 playoff series against the Canadiens. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
NEW YORK — It's Broadway vs. Broad Street for the first time in 17 years. It doesn't matter if these longtime rivals are in the Patrick, Atlantic, or newly formed Metropolitan Division, when the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers clash, it is every bit of a backyard brawl. Game 1 of the first-round series is Thursday night in New York. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Patrick Roy closed out his Hall of Fame goaltending career with a Game 7 loss to Minnesota during the 2003 postseason. Perhaps fittingly, he begins his first playoff series as a coach against the Wild. The Avs and Wild begin their first-round series on Thursday. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — In a matchup of aces, Yu Darvish pitches for Texas against Seattle and Felix Hernandez. Darvish hasn't allowed an earned run this season, and Hernandez has won all three of his starts. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
BKN--BUCKS-UDOH'S BOOK CLUB
MILWAUKEE — Forward Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball. Few, if any, NBA player can say they've started a book club over Twitter. "I want to be like Oprah. I want to be like Oprah's book club," he said. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 450 words.
— BKN--CLIPPERS-GRIFFIN. Clippers star Blake Griffin will be suspended for the regular season finale. SENT: 130 words.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jordan Spieth is back to work just a few days after his electrifying battle at the Masters with champion Bubba Watson. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
GLF--LPGA LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP
KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Golfers tee off in the first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. — Quarterback Aaron Murray finally gets his chance to show NFL scouts that he's recovered from a torn knee ligament that ended his Georgia career prematurely last November in a blowout win over Kentucky. Murray, the SEC's career passing leader in yards and touchdowns, will join 14 other former Bulldogs in hopes of improving their draft status next month. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BKC--UCLA-ANDERSON & LAVINE
LOS ANGELES — UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft. Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman from Seattle, each said Wednesday that they will forego their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers. SENT: 130 words.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Cuonzo Martin's move to California has Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart getting a late start on a coaching search. Hart says the distractions Martin faced from a disgruntled fan base this season shouldn't hinder Tennessee's ability to find a quality successor. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos, by 5 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Bret Bielema has left little doubt this spring that Brandon Allen is Arkansas' best option at quarterback. Now the rising junior must prove he's fully recovered from an injury plagued last season and ready to help improve the SEC's worst passing attack. By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 720 words.
URBANA, Ill. — Illinois unveils new uniforms and logos for football, basketball and other sports as part of a rebranding effort by the university and Nike. Illinois has used a number of different uniforms for major sports in recent years. Administrators say the rebranding is intended to clean up and unify the look of Illini teams. By DAVID MERCER. UPCOMING: 500 words from 7 p.m.
— STAMFORD, Conn. — SOC--Premier League-TV Premier League soccer coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E! for 'Championship Sunday'. Sent: 130 words.
— CAR--Around The Track. The latest look at racing in IndyCar and NASCAR. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos By 5 p.m.
— PHOENIX — FBN--Sharper-Rape Charges. By Jacques Billeaud. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.
Wednesday's Time Schedule
Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., 1st game
St. Louis at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m., 2nd game
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Washington at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Toronto at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Colorado at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Utah at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Washington at Boston, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn at Cleveland, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 8 p.m.
Toronto at New York, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.
Golden State at Denver, 10:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York, 7:30 p.m.
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