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TOP STORIES

FBN--NFL PAINKILLERS LAWSUIT

NFL teams repeatedly ignored federal drug laws by dispensing powerful painkillers to keep injured players on the field, according to documents unsealed in a lawsuit brought by more than 1,800 former plays. By Jim Litke. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKC--T25-ACC-DUKE-NORTH CAROLINA

NEW YORK -- College basketball's greatest rivalry comes to Brooklyn when No. 14 Duke plays No. 6 North Carolina for a spot in the championship game of the ACC Tournament. The teams split their two games this year. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

BKC--B10-BIG TEN IN WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON -- The Big Ten Tournament is now a few blocks from the White House after alternating between Indianapolis and Chicago the past 19 years. The move is playing to mixed reviews. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--MARCH MADNESS-BEST CONFERENCE

The Big 12 has the most NCAA Tournament invitations of any conference the last three years, but the ACC is much better at actually winning NCAA games. A breakdown of the last three years of the Power Five conferences, the Big East and American Athletic Conference. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

-- With:

-- BKC--BUBBLE WATCH -- TCU gives its NCAA hopes a huge boost by knocking off Kansas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKC--ACC-ROAD TO BROOKLYN

NEW YORK -- The ACC's attempt to plant a flag in the largest media market in the country and expose its schools to new audiences sparks debate within the conference. How best to balance the league's need to broaden its reach while adhering to tradition? By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

BKC--T25-ACC-NOTRE DAME-FLORIDA STATE

NEW YORK -- No. 16 Florida State faces No. 22 Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals. The storied football schools split two basketball games this season. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts about 9:30 p.m.

BKC--P12-ARIZONA-UCLA

LAS VEGAS -- In a marquee semifinal matchup, No. 3 UCLA plays No. 7 Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament. Each won on the other's home floor this season. The Bruins had a scare in the quarters, holding off rival USC 76-74. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 11:30 p.m. PST

-- Also:

-- BKC--T25-KANSAS STUMBLES -- By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

-- BKC--LSU-COACHING CHANGE -- SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.

-- BKC--UMASS-KELLOGG FIRED -- SENT: 100 words.

Women:

BKW--T25-DUKE'S TURNAROUND

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke is back in its usual spot among the women's basketball elite after a year away. The No. 9 Blue Devils are in line to host a four-team subregional when the bracket is revealed Monday night. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--49ERS-FREE AGENCY

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers introduce their big haul of seven new free agents, highlighted by quarterback Brian Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garcon. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

-- Also:

-- FBN--FREE AGENCY-THE LATEST.

-- FBN--RAMS-WHITWORTH-WOODS -- By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 10 p.m.

-- FBN--JAGUARS-FREE AGENCY -- By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

BBI--WBC-COLOMBIA-US

MIAMI -- Chris Archer takes the mound, and Giancarlo Stanton, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Daniel Murphy are among the stars in the U.S. lineup against Colombia in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 6:08 p.m.

-- Also:

-- BBI--WBC-VENEZUELA-PUERTO RICO -- Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico in Guadalajara, Mexico. By Carlos Rodriguez. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

-- BBI--WBC-ASIA -- Cuba tops Australia 4-3; Japan beats China 7-1. SENT: 200 words, photos.

-- BBI--WBC-ISRAEL PREPARES -- Surprising Israel prepares for second round. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 300 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

BBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-TIM TEBOW

It would be easy to say Tim Tebow has no business playing baseball, or it's time for him to get on with the rest of his life. Instead, let's figure out what he should do after his New York Mets career comes to an inglorious end, as it surely will. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SPRING TRAINING

BBN--CARDINALS-MATHENY'S GLOVEWORK

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis manager Mike Matheny has taken on a new role this spring -- the Cardinals' self-proclaimed "glove breakerinner guy," working over new leather during his spare time. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BBA--BLUE JAYS-TULOWITZKI

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Troy Tulowitzki cares more about winning than anything else, a testament to his old-school, throwback style of play. The five-time All-Star shortstop is focused on staying healthy and helping the Blue Jays get to the World Series. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBA--TIGERS-MARTINEZ

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez seems to have some sort of health issue to play through every season. This, too, remains constant: The Tigers designated hitter is dangerous with a bat in his hands. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

-- Also:

-- BBN--ROCKIES-BETTIS-CANCER -- Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis taking break from baseball after learning cancer spreads. SENT: 170 words.

-- BBN--PHILLIES-FRANCO -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco looks to bounce back this season. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

-- BBN--CUBS-BRYANT -- NL MVP Kris Bryant, Cubs agree to $1.05 million contract. SENT: 130 words.

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

GOLF

GLF--VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Jim Herman has a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and Russell Henley going into Friday at the Valspar Championship. Nineteen players did not finish the first round because of darkness. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

-- Also:

-- GLF--INDIAN OPEN -- S.S.P. Chawrasia in front by a stroke in New Delhi in European/Asian tour event. SENT: 100 words.

NBA

BKN--LAKERS-PELINKA

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers introduce Rob Pelinka, Kobe Bryant's longtime agent, as their new general manager. Pelinka will work with Magic Johnson to rebuild the 16-time NBA champions from the worst four-year stretch in team history. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BOXING

BOX--SHIELDS-SZABADOS

DETROIT -- Claressa Shields, a gold medalist at the last two Olympics, becomes the first woman to headline a boxing card on premium cable when she faces Szilvia Szabados on Showtime. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Telecast starts 10 p.m.

BOX--FURY-FUTURE

LONDON -- Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is no longer in a "dark" place. The British fighter, stripped of his three world titles last year over drug use and medical issues, acknowledges he's a "fat man" at 350 pounds but says he's winning his battle against depression. By Justin Palmer. SENT: 400 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--INDYCAR-ST PETE

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Marco Andretti was 20 when he won his first IndyCar race. As he closes in on his 30th birthday, Andretti knows he's fallen far short of expectations. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS -- Two races, two Fords in the winners circle in the NASCAR Cup Series. And a third Ford has led the most laps. Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing, which switched from Chevrolet, are ahead of the competition early in the season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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-- CAR--NASCAR-LAS VEGAS QUALIFYING -- UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Qualifying starts 7:45 p.m.

-- Also:

-- CAR--BIT-SURTEES -- John Surtees, world motorcycle champ who won 1964 Formula One title, dies at 83. SENT: 400 words.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN'S GS

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. -- France's Tessa Worley and Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin are the favorites in a giant slalom when the World Cup returns to Squaw Valley for the first time since 1969. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Final run starts 4 p.m.

-- Also:

-- BIA--BIATHLON WORLD CUP -- France's Martin Fourcade wins sprint at biathlon World Cup in Finland. SENT: 100 words.

OLYMPICS

BKL--OLYMPICS-STALEY

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dawn Staley, the South Carolina coach and a three-time gold medalist, is appointed women's basketball coach for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Americans have won six straight gold medals. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--FIFA-MUTKO

Russia World Cup head Vitaly Mutko is barred from seeking re-election to FIFA's top decision-making body because he is deputy prime minister of Russia, the AP is told. The sport's governing body is clamping down on government interference in soccer. By Global Sports Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOC--BARCELONA-UNLIKELY HERO

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona has a new hero. Sergi Roberto stretched his leg just enough to enter the lore of the Catalan club, scoring the decisive goal of the historic 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

-- With:

-- SOC--PSG-TENSIONS MOUNTING -- PSG lambasts report by leading paper that players partied before loss. SENT: 550 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND -- After spectacular Champions League comeback, Barcelona returns to Spanish league title defense. SENT: 600 words, photos.

-- SOC--NORTH KOREA-MALAYSIA -- North Korea-Malaysia game postponed because of political fallout from the death of Kim Jong Un's half-brother in Kuala Lumpur. SENT: 140 words, photos.

TENNIS

-- TEN--INDIAN WELLS -- Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza highlight play on Day 3 at BNP Paribas Open. UPCOMING: 200 words by 11 p.m.

-- TEN--ZVONAREVA-COMEBACK -- Former Wimbledon, U.S. Open finalist Vera Zvonareva planning comeback at 32. SENT: 120 words.

CYCLING

-- CYC--PARIS-NICE -- France's Julian Alaphilippe holds lead at Paris-Nice; Britain's Simon Yates takes sixth stage. SENT: 400 words.

-- CYC--TIRRENO-ADRIATICO -- Australia's Rohan Dennis moved into the overall lead at Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy; Slovakia's Peter Sagan wins third stage. SENT: 300 words.

HIGH SCHOOL

-- INTOXICATED UMPIRE -- Police make call on Alabama high school umpire: He's drunk. SENT: 130 words.

CAPSULES

-- BKN--NBA CAPSULES

-- HKN--NHL CAPSULES

-- BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

-- GLF--GOLF CAPSULES

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Friday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Houston at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Toronto at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

Boston at Denver, 9 p.m.

Brooklyn at Dallas, 9 p.m.

Washington at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 2 Villanova vs. Seton Hall at New York (Madison Square Garden), 6:30 p.m.

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 7 Arizona at Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m.

No. 5 Oregon vs. California at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.

No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 14 Duke at New York (Barclays Center), 7 p.m.

No. 8 Kentucky vs. Georgia at Nashville, Tenn., 1 p.m.

No. 11 West Virginia vs. Kansas State at Kansas City, Mo., 9:30 p.m.

No. 12 SMU vs. East Carolina at Hartford, Conn., noon

No. 13 Purdue vs. Michigan at Washington, noon

No. 15 Cincinnati vs. Tulsa at Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.

No. 16 Florida State vs. No. 22 Notre Dame at New York (Barclays Center), 9:30 p.m.

No. 17 Florida vs. Vanderbilt at Nashville, Tenn., 7 p.m.

No. 23 Iowa State vs. TCU at Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m.

No. 24 Wisconsin vs. Indiana at Washington, 6:30 p.m.

No. 25 Maryland vs. Northwestern at Washington, 8:55 p.m.

Women

No. 20 Drake vs. Illinois State at Moline, Ill., 1 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

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

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

Toronto vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

N.Y. Mets (ss) vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee (ss) at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

San Diego vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Baltimore vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 8:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 8:05 p.m.

Texas vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.