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March 10, 2018 - 2:03 am

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TOP STORIES

BKN--ROCKETS-RAPTORS

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night, snapping the Rockets' 17-game winning streak. James Harden scored 40 points, but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 27 at New Orleans. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKC--T25-ACC-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE

NEW YORK — Luke Maye scored 17 points, including North Carolina's last field goal with 5:33 remaining, and No. 12 North Carolina held off a late rally by No. 5 Duke to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game with a 74-69 victory on Friday night. The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (25-9) will face top-seeded and top-ranked Virginia on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a rematch of the 2016 ACC championship, won by North Carolina. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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— BKC--T25-ACC-CLEMSON-VIRGINIA. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— BKC-ACC IN BROOKLYN. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--CHLOE KIM-THE CHAMPION

VAIL, Colo. — Three weeks since Chloe Kim transformed herself from a mere snowboarding sensation into a full-fledged celebrity, she concedes she never realized what a big deal her victory would be. She's just as in touch with the idea that she's not really sure what to make of it yet, either. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 845 words, photos by 3 a.m.

GLF--VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Corey Conners knew Tiger Woods had finished his second round at Innisbrook because he couldn't see him. He was only about 50 yards from the ninth green, but there were too many fans covering every inch of grass, packed in a dozen deep because of Woods. Woods brought the Valspar Championship to life Friday with his best round of a comeback that is building momentum toward the Masters. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 885 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

Alabama's Collin Sexton has a message for all of the bracketologists: "Don't count us out." The Crimson Tide pulled off its second straight scintillating win in the Southeast Conference Tournament as Alabama seeks to secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKC--T25-COLLEGE CORRUPTION-MARCH MADNESS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The corruption case that lurked in the background throughout the college basketball season is now set to step forward in the NCAA Tournament. Schools linked to the federal investigation, such as No. 15 Arizona and No. 16 Auburn, will appear in the bracket. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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— BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-NC STATE. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 440 words, photo.

BKC--PAUL NEWBERRY-CONFERENCE TOURNEYS

It's conference tournament week in college basketball. Excuse the yawn. This smorgasbord has become unnecessary, denying worthy teams a shot at the NCAAs while taking a physical toll on the players. And judging from the empty seats, fans couldn't care less. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKC--IVY LEAGUE TOURNAMENT — By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--JAZZ-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Utah Jazz are putting together overall winning streaks with an even longer stretch of success on the road. The Memphis Grizzlies simply aren't winning anywhere. Utah won its fifth consecutive game and 10th in a row on the road Friday night, as Jae Crowder scored a season-high 22 points in a 95-78 victory over the Grizzlies. The loss was the 16th straight for Memphis. By Clay Bailey. SENT: 660 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--BROWNS BLOWOUT

CLEVELAND — Maybe the losing and laughing will finally stop. The Browns aren't fooling around. With three stunning trades on the eve of free agency, Cleveland landed a proven starting quarterback, a game-breaking, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and a shut-down cornerback. After 16 straight losses on the field, victory. By Tom Withers. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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— FBN--DOLPHINS-BROWNS TRADE. By Steven Wine. SENT: 680 words, photos.

— FBN--BILLS-BROWNS TRADE. By John Wawrow. SENT: 880 words, photos.

— FBN--BROWNS-KIZER TRADED. By Tom Withers. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-SHERMAN RELEASED

The Seattle Seahawks cut ties on Friday with star cornerback Richard Sherman, who became one of the NFL's premier cornerbacks during his seven seasons with the team. The team informed Sherman early in the day he would be released, and he confirmed the decision in a text message to The Associated Press. By Tim Booth. SENT: 630 words, photos.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-EVANS

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay's Mike Evans has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension that makes him the second-highest paid receiver in the NFL. The deal confirmed Friday includes $55 million guaranteed and also makes Evans the highest-paid player with the Buccaneers with an average annual salary of $16.5 million. That's second among NFL receivers behind Antonio Brown's $17 million. SENT: 190 words, photo.

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— FBN--BUCCANEERS-FITZPATRICK. SENT: 120 words.

— Also:

— FBN--JETS-GASTINEAU PLEA. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 545 words, photo.

— FBN--PANTHERS-EAGLES TRADE. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 150 words.

— FBN--ESPN-MCDONOUGH. SENT: 130 words.

— FBN--RAIDERS-ELLIS. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 150 words.

BASEBALL

BBN--UNION-MARLINS

JUPITER, Fla. — Baseball players' union head Tony Clark claims the Marlins' rebuilding decision is different from the ones that led to World Series titles for the Chicago Cubs and Houston because Miami broke up a competitive club. The union filed a grievance two weeks ago against Miami, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Tampa Bay, accusing them of not properly using money received in revenue sharing to improve their team's ability to win. By Chuck King. SENT: 325 words, photo.

BBO--NGOEPE-SOUTH AFRICA

DUNEDIN, Fla. — After becoming the first African-born player to reach the major, Toronto Blue Jays infielder Gift Ngoepe spent the offseason promoting baseball back home in South Africa. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 500 words, photos video.

— Also:

— BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— BBN--DODGERS-JANSEN. By Jose M. Romero. SENT: 250 words.

— BBA--YANKEES-BOONE. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— TEC--FACEBOOK-MLB. SENT: 300 words.

— BBO--YOMIURI-UEHARA. SENT: 160 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick got right to the point when a NASCAR media official tried to open a news conference with a comment about his record success at ISM Raceway. "Nobody wants to talk about that," Harvick said. What everyone wanted to talk about Friday were penalties handed down against Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team for violations discovered after his victory Sunday in Las Vegas. The controversy was fueled by photos of his buckled rear windshield on social media. By John Nicholson. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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— CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX-QUALIFYING. By John Nicholson. SENT: 300 words.

CAR--INDYCAR-ST PETERSBURG

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Helio Castroneves will not be in the IndyCar field when the season opens for the first time since he joined the series a generation ago. His Team Penske teammates have not forgotten the popular driver. Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power all wore special "Helio" stickers across the top of their visors in Friday's practice sessions for the season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg on Sunday. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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— CAR--INDYCAR-ST PETE-SANITATION TRUCK CRASH. SENT: 170 words.

TENNIS

TEN--MOTHER SERENA

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Serena Williams' power game is intact, whether she's firing aces or smashing groundstrokes. Her grit is there, too. Her timing may be a little off and the unforced errors are a clue she has been away for 14 months. All in all, the 23-time major winner is glad to be back on the job with a new husband and 6-month-old baby. By Beth Harris. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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— TEN--INDIAN WELLS. SENT: 300 words.

GOLF

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Tom Pernice Jr. shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 on Friday for a three-shot lead in the Toshiba Classic. The 58-year-old Pernice, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions, has never played particularly well at Newport Beach Country Club, even though it's a home game of sorts for the Southern California resident. The event was off the schedule last year while the clubhouse was renovated. SENT: 320 words.

— Also:

— GLF--INDIAN OPEN. SENT: 110 words.

HOCKEY

HKN--SABRES-OKPOSO

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with his second concussion in less than a year. Okposo was hurt when he and Senators forward Bobby Ryan didn't see each other and collided early in the second period of Buffalo's 4-3 shootout win at Ottawa on Thursday. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SKIING

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN'S GS

OFTERSCHWANG, Germany — Mikaela Shiffrin wins her second straight overall World Cup title, finishing third in a giant slalom behind winner Ragnhild Mowinckel. Five events still remain in the season. Lindsey Vonn is the only other U.S. female skier to win multiple overall titles, doing so four times. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OTHER

— FIG--CALLAGHAN SUSPENSION. SENT: 375 words.

— BROWN UNIVERSITY-SWIM TEAM. SENT: 140 words.

— SOC--ASTORI-BURIAL. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— SOC--FRANCE-PLAYER DIES. SENT: 200 words.

— BELGIUM-WORLD CUP SONG. SENT: 130 words.

— SOUTH AFRICA-ATHLETE-SAW ATTACK. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— SUM--OSUNAARASHI RETIRES. SENT: 140 words.

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Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Phoenix at Charlotte, 5 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Memphis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

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

NHL

Chicago at Boston, 1 p.m.

Vegas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Winnipeg at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 3 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.

Washington at San Jose, 4 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Toronto, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 12 North Carolina at Barclays Center, New York, 8:30 p.m.

No. 2 Villanova vs. Providence at Madison Square Garden, 6:30 p.m.

No. 8 Cincinnati vs. Memphis at Amway Center, Orlando, Fla., 1 p.m.

No. 9 Kansas vs. No. 18 West Virginia at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 6 p.m.

No. 11 Wichita State vs. No. 21 Houston at Amway Center, Orlando, Fla., 3:30 p.m.

No. 13 Tennessee vs. Arkansas at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 3:30 p.m.

No. 15 Arizona vs. Southern Cal at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, 10 p.m.

No. 25 Rhode Island vs. Saint Joseph's at Capital One Arena, Washington, 1 p.m.

PRESEASON BASEBALL

Grapefruit League

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

Atlanta vs. Houston at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

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

St. Louis vs. NY Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Cactus League

LA Dodgers (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

San Francisco vs. LA Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. LA Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

MLS

Montreal at Columbus, 1 p.m.

Colorado at New England, 1:30 p.m.

Los Angeles FC at Real Salt Lake, 3:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Chicago, 6 p.m.

Vancouver at Houston, 6 p.m.

Portland at New York, 7 p.m.

Minnesota United at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

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