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February 14, 2018 - 2:56 am

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TOP STORY

OLY--SBD-MEN'S HALFPIPE

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men's halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky to post a score of 97.75 for the 100th overall gold by the United States in the Winter Games. By Will Graves. SENT: 900 words, photos. Will be updated.

OLY--FIG-PAIRS

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Chinese pair of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong skated a flawless, season-best short program to take the slimmest of leads over Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov after the first day of pairs competition at the Pyeongchang Olympics. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

NEW YORK — Flynn the bichon frise won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club, a choice that seemed to surprise almost everyone in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision. By Ben Walker. SENT: 500 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--WARRIORS-WELTS' VISION

SAN FRANCISCO — Standing in the rain seven stories above concrete, construction workers, steel and mud, Rick Welts is beaming at an arena project that is absolutely his baby. "It's real," Welts says, wearing a bright yellow jacket and hard hat for the work site tour. "It's happening." After years in the making, too. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

The NBA will reach the All-Star break with conference races that are too close to call. In fact, they could be closer than ever at the league's showcase event. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

— Also:

— OKLAHOMA CITY — BKN--Cavaliers-Thunder. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— MINNEAPOLIS — BKN--Rockets-Timberwolves. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--ANGELS REPORT-OHTANI

TEMPE, Ariz. — Shohei Ohtani, baseball's big prize of the offseason, begins his first major league spring training. The two-way standout from Japan works out first with pitchers on reporting day for the Angels. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBN--MARLINS-JETER

MIAMI — Derek Jeter, at his first spring training since his final season with the Yankees, insists his new team is on the right path. Now CEO of the Miami Marlins, Jeter has caught heat for a payroll purge that has stripped the batting order of four starters, including Giancarlo Stanton. By Steven Wine. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Also:

— SAN DIEGO — BBO--Esteban Loaiza-Drug Charges. By Julie Watson. SENT: 400 words, photo. Will be updated.

HOCKEY

HKN--HURRICANES-WHALER HISTORY

RALEIGH, N.C. — The new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes has a soft spot for his team's old identity — the Hartford Whalers. With Tom Dundon now in charge, the Hurricanes have completely reversed the way they view, market and appreciate their past — selling Whalers gear in the team store, playing "Brass Bonanza" over the loudspeakers and discussing a turn-back-the-clock night. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — New No. 1 Virginia looked the part, never trailing and holding Miami to 38 percent shooting in a 59-50 victory. Virginia's De'Andre Hunter scored 22 points, including a four-point play. But defense was the difference for the Cavaliers, who limited an opponent to 50 points or less for the 12th time. By Steven Wine. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— LUBBOCK, Texas — BKC--T25-Oklahoma-Texas Tech. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— BKC--Pac-12 This Week. UPCOMING: 400 words.

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Wednesday's Time Schedule

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 3 Villanova at Providence, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Xavier vs. Seton Hall, 9 p.m.

No. 10 Auburn vs. Kentucky, 9 p.m.

No. 11 Clemson at Florida State, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Duke vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 22 Michigan vs. Iowa, 6:30 p.m.

No. 24 Nevada at Boise State, 11 p.m.

Women

No. 6 Texas vs. Texas Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 22 South Florida vs. SMU, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

NBA

Atlanta at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Houston, 8 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m.

Golden State at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Columbus at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

Florida at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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