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Eds: Corrects in line for BKC--T25-ACC-DUKE-LOUISVILLE that Louisville is ranked No. 10, not No. 8.



The NFL's 2017 year officially begins with lots of movement in free agency. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 9 p.m.


-- FBN--FREE AGENCY-THE LATEST -- Real-time updates throughout the day.

-- Separates as warranted.


NEW YORK -- No. 22 Notre Dame begins its Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a quarterfinal against No. 21 Virginia. The Fighting Irish are 0-5 against the Cavaliers since joining the ACC. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

-- Additional coverage of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, Big East tournaments.


ATLANTA -- With only about three weeks remaining before the Braves return from spring training to play the Yankees in an exhibition game, finishing touches are being placed on the team's new suburban SunTrust Park. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


BARCELONA -- Already a star, Neymar went supernova. The Brazil striker scored twice and set up two more goals as the driving force behind Barcelona's astonishing 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain, making the Spanish side the first team to ever overhaul a 4-0 loss in the Champions League. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 450 words, photos.


-- SOC--BARCELONA-GOALS -- A goal-by-goal look at Barcelona's victory over PSG. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

-- SOC--GREAT COMEBACKS -- Other memorable comebacks, with accompanying photos. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 530 words, photos.

-- SOC--FRANCE SPOTLIGHT-PSG -- From glory to humiliation: PSG loses in dramatic style. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 880 words, photos.



The U.S. Olympic Committee discusses the future of USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny, who is being criticized for the federation's handling of sexual abuse cases. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Developing after USOC board meeting, around 6:30 p.m.


NEW YORK -- Dawn Staley will be the next U.S. women's basketball Olympic coach, two people with knowledge of the decision tell the AP. Staley will be introduced at a news conference on Friday in South Carolina. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 340 words, photo.


NAIROBI, Kenya -- The International Olympic Committee cut off its funding to Kenya over the country's inability to properly reform its national Olympic body. The suspension of Kenya is now a real possibility at the IOC's executive board next week. By Mutwiri Mutuota. SENT: 620 words, photo.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Top-ranked Kansas opens the Big 12 Tournament against TCU, which beat Oklahoma in the opening round. The Jayhawks hope a deep run will earn them the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:30 p.m.


NEW YORK -- No. 10 Louisville begins its Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a semifinal matchup against No. 14 Duke. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:30 p.m.


LAS VEGAS -- No. 3 UCLA faces rival Southern California in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Bruins are eyeing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 11:30 p.m.


-- BKC--B10-ILLINOIS-MICHIGAN -- After travel trouble, Michigan beats Illini 75-55 in Big Ten. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 500 words, photos.



The AP follows Temple defensive end Hasson Reddick's preparations for the NFL draft. In the third in a series of occasional stories, videos and other updates tracking his progress, Reddick talks about his preparations for pro day. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



TOYKO -- With a little help from "The Mensch on the Bench" mascot, Israel is into the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Just 41st in the world rankings, Israel beat third-ranked South Korea 2-1 in its opening game and then defeated fourth-ranked Taiwan 15-7 on Tuesday. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 610 words, photos.


MIAMI -- Canada plays the defending champion Dominican Republic in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.



TAMPA, Fla. -- There is optimism in the Yankees spring training camp and it's not because of the presence of one of their usual high-priced free agents. New York is looking for its first trip to the AL Division Series since 2012 behind a crew of rising young stars led by Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Matt Bush felt normal on the mound as a 30-year-old rookie for the Texas Rangers last season, like he was always meant to be there. The reliever knows he could have been there sooner if not for his struggles off the field that culminated with a drunken driving crash that sent him to prison for 3 1/2 years. Now going into his second season, Bush is trying to keep things simple: strive each day to stay sober and look forward to playing baseball. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


-- BBN--PHILLIES-EICKHOFF. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

-- BBN--PIRATES-WATSON. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.


-- BBA--TWINS-SANTANA. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

-- BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP -- Roundup of games in Cactus, Grapefruit leagues. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 8 p.m.



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- With injury-related adversity continuing to mount, the Cavaliers try to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Pistons. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS -- If the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to defy the odds and make the playoffs, they will do so on the back of Karl-Anthony Towns. The second-year center is on a torrid run, solidifying himself as a force during Minnesota's frantic playoff push. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.



CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames, who have won seven in a row, host the Montreal Canadiens, who are on a six-game winning streak of their own under new coach Claude Julien. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks host the Washington Capitals in a matchup of first-place teams. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.



PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas and Charl Schwartzel headline the field when the Valspar Championship begins at Innisbrook. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.



LAS VEGAS -- The signature event remains in Florida and most race teams still call North Carolina home, but Las Vegas is about to become NASCAR's busiest market. The added races suit Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch just fine as he watches his hometown go through a sports boom. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.


-- NEW HAMPSHIRE-NASCAR LOSS -- New Hampshire speedway manager: Don't turn your back on us. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 500 words.

-- CAR--NASCAR-HALL OF FAME NOMINEES -- Joe Gibbs, Roger Penske, Davey Allison among NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees. SENT: 260 words, photos.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Simon Pagenaud leads a dominant Team Penske squad into IndyCar's season-opening race on Sunday, and the Frenchman has his eye on a second consecutive series championship. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.



LINCOLN, England -- Coached by a former physical education teacher and led by a striker who recently worked in a factory, non-league side Lincoln is looking to cause possibly the biggest ever FA Cup shock by beating Arsenal to reach the semifinals at Wembley Stadium. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos.



DETROIT -- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields will become the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable when she fights Friday in Detroit on Showtime. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Mikaela Shiffrin is moving closer and closer to an overall World Cup title. With six races left, the American skier has a 178-point lead over Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. There are two races this weekend at Squaw Valley in California, before the show heads to Aspen, Colorado, for the World Cup Finals. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


-- TEN--INDIAN WELLS -- Genie Bouchard, Taylor Townsend, Vania King and Lauren Davis play first-round matches on the women's side in the BNP Paribas Open. Ryan Harrison, Fabio Fognini and Bernard Tomic open play on the men's side. UPCOMING: 250 words by 10 p.m.





Thursday's Time Schedule (EST)


Cleveland at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

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

San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Portland, 10 p.m.

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


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

Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

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

Anaheim at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

New Jersey at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Montreal at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Ottawa at Arizona, 9 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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

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

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 1 Kansas vs. TCU at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 3 p.m.

No. 2 Villanova vs. St. John's at Madison Square Garden, Noon

No. 3 UCLA vs. Southern Cal at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m.

No. 5 Oregon vs. Arizona State at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 3 p.m.

No. 6 North Carolina vs. Miami at the Barclays Center, Noon

No. 7 Arizona vs. Colorado at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 9 p.m.

No. 9 Baylor vs. Kansas State at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 9:30 p.m.

No. 10 Louisville vs. No. 14 Duke at the Barclays Center, 2:30 p.m.

No. 11 West Virginia vs. Texas at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m.

No. 16 Florida State vs. Virginia Tech at the Barclays Center, 7 p.m.

No. 18 Butler vs. Xavier at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.

No. 21 Virginia vs. No. 22 Notre Dame at the Barclays Center, 9:30 p.m.

No. 23 Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 12:30 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

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

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

Miami vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

United States vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Arizona vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

L.A. Angels vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

Venezuela vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Puerto Rico vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.