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March 13, 2018 - 2:57 pm

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TOP STORIES

BKC--NCAA-ONE-BID WONDERS

They come from one-bid leagues hoping to make names for themselves. The NCAA Tournament begins and this is their time. Take South Dakota State's Mike Daum. This is his third shot at the tournament and he wants to discover what it feels like to win on the big stage. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-VETERAN VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia is ranked No. 1 in a throwback to the Ralph Sampson era 35 years ago. One of the keys in this era, says coach Tony Bennett, is finding players committed to staying in school. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FBN--FREE AGENCY RDP

Drew Brees is staying put in the Big Easy. Case Keenum is headed to the Rocky Mountains. Kirk Cousins? No decision yet, his agent says. There are lots of moving pieces, with free agency beginning Wednesday. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.

IDITAROD

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Norway's Joar Ulsom is closing in on victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race. After nine days and nearly a thousand miles over grueling terrain, he is in position to come off the Bering Sea ice and cross under the burled arch in Nome. By Mark Thiessen. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BBO--PLAYING 20 SEASONS

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Of the more than 19,000 players who have appeared in a major league game, only 156 have played 20 seasons. Two are still at it — Rangers teammates Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon. Says Dodgers manager Dave Roberts: "Those guys are outliers these days." By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 850 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TIGER & ERNIE

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods and Ernie Els were rivals only in the sense that the Big Easy finished runner-up more times to Woods than any other player, and probably received more questions about Woods, too. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

— GLF--GARCIA-BABY — SENT: 130 words.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 750 words.

GLF--PRESIDENTS CUP

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are introduced as captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Men:

The Games:

BKC--NCAA-UCLA-ST BONAVENTURE

DAYTON, Ohio — A college basketball headliner for so long, UCLA is now an opening act. The Bruins play in the First Four, facing St. Bonaventure on the first night of the NCAA Tournament. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: Game starts 9:10 p.m.

— With:

— BKC--NCAA-LIU BROOKLYN-RADFORD — By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6:40 p.m.

The Coaches:

BKC--UCONN-AURIEMMA

UConn is looking for a coach following the firing of Kevin Ollie. Geno Auriemma, the Hall of Fame coach who has won 11 national titles with the women's team, is right on campus. But Auriemma is not interested at this stage, although he says he could do it and would enjoy it. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-BRUCE IS BACK

AUBURN, Ala. — Bruce Pearl, a coach with an outsized personality and checkered past, has led Auburn to its first NCAA Tournament in 15 years and a surprising SEC title, but questions persist about his job security amid an internal review of the program. By John Zenor. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— With:

— BKC--NCAA--HOUSTON-SAMPSON'S ROAD — By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— BKC--NCAA-UNC GREENSBORO-MILLER'S TIME — By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.

The Players:

BKC--NCAA-THROWBACK BOILERMAKERS

Purdue guard Dakota Mathias loves old-school basketball: inside-out offense, rugged defense. Now, he and three other senior starters hope to show what fundamentals and experience can do in a sport trending in the opposite direction. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— BKC--NCAA-MICHIGAN ST-BRIDGES — By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— BKC--NCAA--OKLAHPOMA-LATTIN — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

The Issues:

NCAA-GRADUATION-STAGNATION

JACKSON, Miss. — There is a 78 percent graduation rate for men's players among the 68 tournament teams, a study finds. The rate is 92 percent rate for white players and 74 percent rate for black players. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m.

— With:

— BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-PAC 12 — Pac-12 recommends end to one-and-done; urges more agent access for players. SENT: 400 words.

Women:

BKW--NCAA-ONE-BID WONDERS

Quinnipiac's Jen Fay enjoyed the run to the round of 16 last year so much she wants a repeat performance. Fay is one of several notable players from one-bid leagues looking to make an impact in this year's NCAA Tournament. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

BKW--NCAA-SOUTH CAROLINA-WILSON'S LAST RUN

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson is making her final run in the NCAA Tournament, content with her accomplishments on the court and in serving as a mentor for the national champions. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

NFL

FBN--SAINTS-BREES

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees agrees to a two-year, $50 million extension with the Saints, the AP is told. In the first year, he is guaranteed $27 million. The quarterback turned 39 in January and was due to become a free agent. By Brett Martel. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FBN--BRONCOS-KEENUM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway is looking to free agency after a season in which his three drafted quarterbacks fell flat. Case Keenum reportedly plans to sign with the Broncos. He guided Minnesota to the NFC title game after replacing injured Sam Bradford. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--NFL-NEW COO — Maryann Turcke promoted to NFL's chief operating officer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--CHIEFS SIGNINGS — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBN--JAGUARS-POSLUSZNY RETIRES — By Mark Long. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--BILLS-LOTULELEI — By John Wawrow. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBN--BEARS-ROBINSON — SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--DOLPHINS MOVES — By Steven Wine. SENT: 200 words.

BASEBALL

BBN--PHILLIES-ARRIETA

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jake Arrieta dons a No. 49 Phillies jersey and sends a message to a team that hasn't had a winning season since 2011. "We're going to promise a fight," he says. A day earlier, the ace right-hander completed a $75 million, three-year contract. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP — UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Early roundup from Florida games at 9 p.m.; update with Arizona games at midnight.

— BBA--YANKEES-JUDGE — Yankees' Aaron Judge to earn $622,300 after hitting 52 homers. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 170 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BBN--METS INJURIES — David Wright out at least two more months; Yoenis Cespedes hurts wrist. SENT: 300 words.

— Reports from other spring camps.

NBA

BKN--RAPTORS-NETS

NEW YORK — The Toronto Raptors look for their ninth straight victory and try to beat the Brooklyn Nets for the 11th straight time when the Eastern Conference leaders finish a two-game stay in New York. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--INDIAN WELLS

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Venus Williams, fresh off a win over sister Serena, plays a fourth-round match at the BNP Paribas Open. Top-seeded Simona Halep is in action and No. 2 Marin Cilic, No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro and No. 8 Jack Sock play on the men's side. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--GREECE-SOCCER CRISIS

ATHENS, Greece — Greek soccer is beset by violence and disorder. Allegations of corruption abound. An owner with a gun on his hip runs on the field to protest a call. The government suspends the league, and the prime minister wonders if it would take Alexander the Great to fix this mess. By Derek Gatopoulos. SENT: 650 words, photos.

Champions League

(Second Round, Second Leg)

— SOC--MAN UNITED-SEVILLA — Man United hosts Sevilla, with teams tied 0-0 from first game. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3:45 p.m.

— SOC--ROMA-SHAKHTAR DONETSK — Roma at home against Shakhtar Donetsk and looks to overturn 2-1 deficit. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 3:45 p.m.

OTHER

— FIG--WORLDS-MEDVEDEVA — Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva to miss figure skating worlds because of foot injury. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— BKC--AAU COACH-PORNOGRAPHY — Prominent Iowa AAU coach arrested on child porn charge. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 500 words.

— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT LEGISLATION — Michigan Senate begins considering legislation prompted by Larry Nassar sex assault scandal. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--NCAA TOURNAMENT CAPSULES

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Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA

Indiana at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Washington, 7 p.m.

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

Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Chicago, 8 p.m.

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

Detroit at Utah, 9 p.m.

Cleveland at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Boston at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

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

Winnipeg at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Men's NCAA Tournament (First Four)

At Dayton, Ohio

LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford, 6:40 p.m.

St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA, 9:10 p.m.

NIT (First Round)

Wagner at Baylor, 7 p.m.

Northern Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m.

Vermont at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m.

Boston College at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m.

Florida Gulf Coast at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m.

Hampton at Notre Dame, 9 p.m.

Rider at Oregon, 10 p.m.

SE Louisiana at Saint Mary's, 10 p.m.

UNC Asheville at Southern California, 11 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Baltimore vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

Toronto vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Houston vs. N.Y. Mets (ss) at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Oakland vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

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

N.Y. Mets (ss) vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

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