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SALT LAKE CITY -- Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the season after injuring a toe in the Los Angeles Clippers' playoff victory over Utah on Friday night. The injury is another blow to a franchise that has had its share of hard luck and turmoil over the years. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


CONSTANTA, Romania -- Ilie Nastase is thrown out of a Fed Cup venue after hurling expletives at British opponents and the umpire. The tirade by the 70-year-old Romania captain comes a day after he apparently made racially offensive comments about Serena Williams' pregnancy. SENT: 450 words, photos.


MILAN -- Michele Scarponi, who won the 2011 Giro d'Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for doping, is killed in a collision with a van while training near his home. The 37-year-old Italian was to have been Astana's lead rider for the upcoming Giro. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 500 words, photos.


The last thing Kevin Garnett wanted when he retired was to become another TV talking head. Instead, he invites friends to hang out, talk trash and have fun on "Area 21," his wildly popular basketball show on TNT that's geared toward social media. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.



MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks try to take a 3-1 lead over the Raptors, who suddenly look like underdogs in the first round against this young Milwaukee team. Toronto needs a better showing from its star backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.


ATLANTA -- In a series marked by bad blood, the Washington Wizards try to build a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff against the Hawks. Atlanta can use stronger play from Dwight Howard and a boost from its home crowd. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 5:30 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies have a chance at evening their first-round series at 2-2 against a San Antonio Spurs team that is making too many turnovers of late. A victory ensures the series returning to Memphis again. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


PORTLAND, Ore -- The Trail Blazers are down 2-0, and if they are going to take a game from banged-up Golden State it will likely come in Rip City. Kevin Durant has an injured calf and his status remains unclear. The Warriors' Matt Barnes and Shaun Livingston are questionable. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.


When LeBron James gets to land a knockout punch, he rarely misses -- his teams are 21-3 in their last 24 chances to eliminate an opponent. Cleveland can end Indiana's season Sunday in Game 4. The Clippers' road is now a lot tougher with Blake Griffin out. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

-- Also:

-- BKN--THUNDER-GIBSON -- Taj Gibson stabilizes Thunder's formidable frontcourt. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.



ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The St. Louis Blues try again to eliminate the Minnesota Wild, who trail 3-1 in the first-round series but have the home crowd behind them for Game 5. The Blues are hoping for the return of injured center Paul Stastny. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.


NEW YORK -- The Rangers can advance to the second round when they play the Canadiens in Game 6 of a series marked by heavy bumping in the crease of goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price. New York is up 3-2 and coming off an overtime win in Montreal. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks trail 3-2 and look to recover from an overtime loss in Edmonton and force a Game 7 of this back-and-forth series. The Sharks have a history of responding well to setbacks, notably their run to last year's Stanley Cup Final. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.


WASHINGTON -- The Maple Leafs are down 3-2 to Washington but hardly think they're out going into Game 6 Sunday night in Toronto. The Bruins are home and still kicking after staving off elimination by Ottawa. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- HKN--BLACKHAWKS-BOWMAN -- Blackhawks general manager discusses first-round sweep by Nashville. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



PHILADELPHIA -- Who knows? Maybe before announcing the No. 1 pick Roger Goodell will run up the steps immortalized by movie hero Rocky Balboa. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will serve as the backdrop for the three-day NFL draft that begins Thursday night. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 800 words, photos. Also sent in advance.


AP Sports Extra: NFL Draft Preview: A paginated preview of the NFL draft will be available by 4 p.m. EDT in AP Newsroom and AP Exchange. The pages will look at the top prospects at each position with a closer look at the five defensive players that are expected to be among the top picks. The pages can be found by searching for "Sports Extra" under Print Graphics in Newsroom or under the Graphics tab in AP Exchange. Full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tab versions of the page will be available. The pages are designed to be used any time before the draft starts Thursday night and include space for local advertising or content. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at [email protected]



NEW YORK -- Bryce Harper has homered five times in his last five games, and the Washington Nationals have won five in a row. They try to extend the streak against the ailing New York Mets. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.


CINCINNATI -- Jake Arrieta, pitching on a couple of extra days of rest, returns to the ballpark where the Cubs ace threw a no-hitter one year ago. Cody Reed starts for the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost 19 of their last 23 to Chicago. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:10 p.m.


BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles, with baseball's best record at 11-4, send left-hander Jayson Aquino to the mound for his first major league start. He faces the Boston Red Sox, who go with Steve Wright. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

-- Also:

-- BBA--CABRERA INJURY -- Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera on 10-day disabled list with groin injury. SENT: 100 words, photos.



CARSON, Calif. -- Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez and Jessie Magdaleno all defend their world titles on a card also featuring the professional debut of U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Main card starts about 9 p.m.


NEW YORK -- The winner of Saturday night's welterweight eliminator between Shawn Porter and Andre Berto, both former champions, should get a shot at another title this year. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words. Bout starts about 10:30 p.m.

-- With:

-- BOX--CHARLO-HATLEY -- Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley in junior middleweight bout. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 p.m.



BRISTOL, Tenn. -- There's something sticky on the track at Bristol Motor Speedway, and it's causing fits for the drivers. The resin is intended to enhance grip, but the ever-changing track conditions are only confusing the drivers leading to Sunday's race. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Team Penske drivers go for their first win of the year Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park, where they have won five times in seven years. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

-- Also:

-- MOT--MOTOGP-AUSTIN -- Marc Marquez, Maverick Vinales vie for the pole at motorcycling's Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.



MONACO -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal, eyeing a 10th title at the Monte Carlo Masters, plays David Goffin in the semifinals. In the other semi, Albert Ramos-Vinolas beats Lucas Pouille. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

-- Also:

-- Fed Cup semifinals: U.S. vs. defending champion Czech Republic at Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Switzerland tied 1-1 at Belarus.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A spring filled with change ends at Notre Dame with the Blue and Gold game. The seniors say staff changes by coach Brian Kelly have resulted in more intensity and accountability. Coming off a 4-8 season, the Fighting Irish need all of that. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 12:30 p.m.


Alabama's backfield has a new look, but it may be temporary. Jalen Hurts is doing more drop-back passing and his two backups are newcomers. Star tailbacks Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris are sidelined for the spring game. By John Zenor. SENT: 450 words, photos. Update after 3 p.m. spring game.


BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Lane Kiffin's first spring as coach at Florida Atlantic wraps up with the Owls' spring game. It's on the same day as the spring game at his last coaching stop, Alabama -- and the scenes are quite different. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 4 p.m.

-- Selected stories on other spring games.



SAN ANTONIO -- Bud Cauley, going for his first career victory, shares the lead with Tony Finau heading into the third round of the Valero Texas Open. Defending champion Charley Hoffman, who shared the lead halfway through the Masters, just made the cut. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

-- Also:

-- GLF--SHENZHEN INTERNATIONAL -- Bernd Wiesberger leads by three strokes after three rounds of European Tour event in China. SENT: 250 words.

-- GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS -- Seniors tournament begins in Missiouri a day after play was rained out. UPCOMING: 350 words by 8 p.m.



ATLANTA -- The deck seems a little empty these days for the U.S. diving team. David Boudia isn't there. The winner of four medals at the last two Olympics is taking the year off and may be done for good, leaving the program to search for its next potential star. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 700 words, photos.



Now that two-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton is retired, he plans to sharpen his snowboarding skills. He also wouldn't mind riding a space shuttle to Mars. Wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Canada's heptathlon bronze medalist, will happily pass on the futuristic excursion. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- ATH--RUSSIA-DOPING -- Russian sprinter who gave evidence of alleged doping is banned four years for own drug offenses. SENT: 160 words.


-- SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP -- Chelsea gains FA Cup final, beating Tottenham 4-2 in game between Premier League leaders. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.

-- SOC--WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE -- Carli Lloyd's Manchester City loses 3-1 at home to Alex Morgan's Lyon in a Women's Champions League semifinal. SENT: 200 words, photos.

-- SOC--PORTUGAL-FAN DIES -- Fan fatally hit by car while trying to escape brawling Portuguese fans. SENT: 160 words.


-- FIG--WORLD TEAM TROPHY -- Japan wins World Team Trophy behind Mai Mihara's runner-up finish in women's free skate; U.S. is third. SENT: 150 words, photos.







Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs (First Round)

Toronto at Milwaukee, 3 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m.

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

NHL Playoffs (First Round)

St. Louis at Minnesota, 3 p.m.

Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.

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


Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Houston at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Miami at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.

Toronto at LA Angels, 9:07 p.m.


Montreal at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

San Jose at Houston, 4 p.m.

Vancouver at Portland, 4 p.m.

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

D.C. United at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

Atlanta United FC at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.