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April 07, 2018 - 2:30 pm

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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg discuss the new book "Tiger Woods" on AP's podcast. Co-author Armen Keteyan believes Woods has changed since his DUI arrest last year and is trying to relate better with fellow players and fans. AP golf writer Doug Ferguson joins the hosts for a Masters chat. There's also some talk about John Daly and dinner at Hooters. Listen at: https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-special-events



AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed has the lead entering the third round at the Masters, two shots ahead of Marc Leishman. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson barely made the cut at Augusta National, where umbrellas are out on what figures to be a steady rain all day. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--MASTERS-THE LASTEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— More Masters coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/TheMasters


NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan — A truck collides with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game, leaving 14 dead and 15 injured. The head coach and captain are among the dead. Parents rush to the scene. "I cannot imagine what these parents are going through," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweets. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

— With:

— CANADA-HOCKEY-BUS CRASH-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— HKN--BUS CRASH-NHL REAX — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — After one of the UFC's most chaotic weeks — with Conor McGregor led from a police station in handcuffs and charged with throwing a hand cart at a bus — Khabib Nurmagomedov fights Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC 223. The card had to be rearranged because of the mayhem. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Main card starts 10 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — Fifty years ago, a startup league challenged the NBA for basketball supremacy. Eventually, the leagues merged and everyone got to see just how good some of those ABA teams and players were. On Saturday, some ABA alumni hold a reunion. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.



AUGUSTA, Ga. — Commentary from the second round of the Masters. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.



SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs are among five teams within a game of each other for the final four playoff spots in the West. They play the Portland Trail Blazers, who are close to clinching home-court advantage in the first round. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers face the Denver Nuggets in a game between teams fighting for the last playoff berth in the Western Conference. Both clubs need to win their last three games to make the playoffs. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.



DENVER — Game No. 82 boils down to this for St. Louis and Colorado: The winner earns the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Avalanche need to win in regulation or the Blues will be the ones to advance and face top-seeded Nashville. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. — The Tampa Bay Lightning can clinch the Atlantic Division title by beating the Carolina Hurricanes in either regulation or overtime of their regular-season finale. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.



MINNEAPOLIS — In weather better suited for the Vikings, the Minnesota Twins are home to play the Seattle Mariners, with temperatures perhaps below 30 degrees. The coldest game in the majors was 23 degrees in 2013 when Atlanta played at Colorado. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2:10 p.m.


BOSTON — The Red Sox go for their seventh straight victory, having won six in a row after dropping their opener. Boston sends Rick Porcello to the mound against Jacob Faria of the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.



AVONDALE, Ariz. — Sebastien Bourdais starts from the pole and joins Simon Pagenaud on an all-French front row for the IndyCar race at ISM Raceway. This is Bourdais' first pole since he fractured his pelvis and hip last year during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. By John Nicholson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 9:40 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--INDYCAR-PHOENIX-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout race.


FORT WORTH, Texas — Kurt Busch is on the pole at Texas, Clint Bowyer is coming off his first victory in six years and Kevin Harvick has won half the races so far on the NASCAR Cup schedule. The Stewart-Haas Racing team is starting 1-2-3 in a race for the first time. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— CAR-NASCAR-TEXAS-XFINITY — Xfinity Series resumes after two-week break. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Race starts 3 p.m.

— Also:

— CAR--BAHRAIN GP — Sebastian Vettel takes pole for Bahrain Grand Prix. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.



ARCADIA, Calif. — Bolt d'Oro and Justify, trained by Bob Baffert, run in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The winner could be the favorite in next month's Kentucky Derby. Other key Derby preps Saturday: Blue Grass Stakes, Wood Memorial. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. San Anita post time 7:12 p.m.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. can clinch its first berth in the Davis Cup semifinals when Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison play doubles against Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen of Belgium. The Belgians have reached the Davis Cup finals two of the past three years. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Match starts 5 p.m.

— Also:

— TEN--CHARLESTON — Madison Keys vs. Kiki Bertens and Julia Goerges vs. Anastasija Sevastova in Volvo Car Open semifinals in South Carolina. UPCOMING: 400 words. Matches started 2 p.m.



ST. PAUL, Minn. — Notre Dame plays Minnesota Duluth for the NCAA hockey championship. The Fighting Irish are going their first title. The Bulldogs are looking for a second crown at the same arena where they won it all in 2011. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.



AUSTIN, Texas — Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel makes his debut in the developmental Spring League, hoping to impress NFL scouts. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos. Game starts 5:30 p.m.

— Also:

— FBO--ALLIANCE-SPURRIER — Steve Spurrier hired in Orlando as first head coach of new football league in which Bill Polian is a co-founder. SENT: 250 words.

— College spring football stories from Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan State, Purdue.



IOWA CITY, Iowa — This year's wrestling World Cup was supposed to be a victory lap for the host Americans, who last year won the world championships for the first time in more than two decades. But Russia and Iran are skipping the event, lessening the international impact. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.


— BKC--DUKE-TRENT-DRAFT — Freshman Gary Trent Jr. leaving Duke for NBA draft. SENT: 130 words.


— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Manchester City can win first Premier League title under Pep Guardiola by beating Manchester United. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— SOC--CHAMPION BAYERN — Bayern Munich wins sixth straight Bundesliga title. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— SOC--LE HAVRE-PLAYER DIES — Player in lower-tier French league dies at 18; cause unknown. SENT: 160 words.

— EGYPT-CYCLIST WCUP — Egyptian cycling to Russia to support team in World Cup. SENT: 200 words.







Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT):


Tampa Bay at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Seattle at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Arizona at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

San Diego at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Toronto at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.


Denver at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.

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

Brooklyn at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 9 p.m.


N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.

Chicago at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Arizona, 9 p.m.

St. Louis at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Vegas at Calgary, 10 p.m.

Vancouver at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

Dallas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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


Los Angeles FC at Atlanta United FC, 5 p.m.

San Jose at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

NCAA Hockey (Championship)

Minnesota-Duluth vs. Notre Dame, at St. Paul, Minn., 7:30 p.m.

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