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GLENDALE -- North Carolina tries to get the last part right this time. The Tar Heels are back in the NCAA title game a year after a heartbreaking loss. In the way, a Gonzaga team that has been a March fixture but looking for its first championship. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 9:20 p.m.

-- With:

-- BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST -- Real-time updates throughout night, starting about 6:30 p.m.


Opening Day, Part II. Baseball opens in earnest with a dozen games. Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium will have a different feel after all these years. Big Papi won't be swinging at bat and Vin Scully won't be speaking in the booth. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.


AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ernie Els never felt emptier than when standing on the putting green at Augusta National, anticipating a playoff with Phil Mickelson and hearing the roar that told him there would not be one. Now the Big Easy awaits what likely is his final Masters. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook has harnessed his fury to become the ultimate teammate. It's a key reason why the Thunder are a playoff team without Kevin Durant and why Westbrook is one triple-double from matching Oscar Robertson's season record. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


Brock Boeser's college career ended in the seventh-longest game in NCAA Tournament history. The next afternoon he began his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks. As other players can attest, going directly from college to the pros within days or even hours is now the new normal. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos.



GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the clock winds down, the intensity picks up. CBS producers scramble to finish the "One Shining Moment" montage, the highlight reel set to sappy music marking the end of March Madness. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gonzaga's brand as a basketball team and a university is going strong with thanks to the team's success in March the last 20 20 years. Name recognition soared, leading to massive growth on campus. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-NORTH CAROLINA -- By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 a.m.

-- BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-GONZAGA -- By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 a.m.

-- BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-INSTANT ANALYSIS -- By College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 a.m.



BOSTON -- AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello takes the mound in the opener for the Boston Red Sox when they face Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a rematch of the first World Series in 1903. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:05 p.m.

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-- FBN--BRADY'S JERSEY-SHENANIGANS -- Tom Brady's jersey stolen again, this time in fun at Fenway Park. SENT: 250 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins and Royals meet in a season opener, with Minnesota's Ervin Santana opposing Kansas City's Danny Duffy. There will be pregame tributes for pitchers killed in offseason car accidents: the Royals' Yordano Ventura, Twins prospect Yorman Landa. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.


LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw makes his seventh opening day start for the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The left-hander faces Jhoulys Chacin and the rebuilding San Diego Padres. This will be the first Dodgers opener since 1950 without Vin Scully in the booth. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.


WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals on opening day against the Miami Marlins. Strasburg plans to pitch entirely from the stretch this season. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.



AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jon Rahm is on the cusp of being among the world's top 10 golfers. The Spaniard already seems set for Europe's Ryder Cup team, and he has yet to play his first Masters. By Jim Litke. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

-- With:

-- GLF--MASTERS-NOTEBOOK -- By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

AP Sports Extra: Masters Preview: A paginated preview of The 81st Masters is available in AP Newsroom and AP Exchange. The pages look at Dustin Johnson's dominance and other leading players to watch plus key facts and figures. 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 are available. The pages are designed for use any time before the tournament begins Thursday. They include space for local advertising or content. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at [email protected]



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's time to start paying attention to Ryan Blaney, who might be NASCAR's next first-time winner. He joins Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as drivers off to interesting starts this season. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.



With just over a week left in the NBA regular season, much is still to be decided. Four playoff spots in the East and two in the West are unclaimed and not one seeding is wrapped up. Want drama? There's plenty to be had. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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-- BKN--AROUND THE NBA -- Big game in East on Wednesday: Celtics vs. Cavs. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 700 words, photos


CLEVELAND -- The NBA champions are showing cracks. With the playoffs approaching, LeBron James and his teammates don't look like ready to repeat. The Cavaliers have defensive issues, and now their problems on the court have spilled into the locker room. By Tom Withers. SENT: 650 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- BKN--SPURS-DUNCAN-ADVISER -- Ex-financial adviser guilty of defrauding Tim Duncan. SENT: 150 words.



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina women return to what is expected to be a raucous celebration at their home arena, a day after defeating Mississippi State 67-55 night for the school's first NCAA crown. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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-- BKW--STALEY-WHITE HOUSE -- South Carolina coach would go to White House if invited. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 250 words, photos.


Mississippi State fell one win short of a national title, ending UConn's 111-game winning streak in the process. There is reason to believe the Bulldogs won't be a one-year wonder: They return many of their best players. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


DALLAS -- Rebecca Lobo grew up 15 minutes from the Basketball Hall of Fame and held her wedding reception there. Now she'll be enshrined there, part of the latest Hall of Fame class. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.



PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- The U.S. tries to finish group play unbeaten when it faces a Finland team that is coming off a huge upset of Canada at the world championship of women's hockey. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Filip Forsberg is the first Predators player to score 30 or more goals twice. Viktor Arvidsson is just behind, enjoying his best season. Together, the young Swedes anchor a top line that is pushing Nashville to a third straight playoff berth. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



SAN DIEGO -- Two months after announcing they're moving to Los Angeles, the Chargers are still in San Diego. They begin offseason workouts at the headquarters they'll occupy through June. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 500 words.

-- Also:

-- FBN--BILLS REPORT -- Bills join new coach Sean McDermott for offseason conditioning. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

-- FBN--REX RYAN-ESPN -- Rex Ryan joining ESPN's 'NFL Countdown.' SENT: 150 words.



MIAMI -- Just like old times: Roger Federer dominated the early hard court season, and tennis now moves to clay, where Rafael Nadal should be a strong contender for a 10th French Open title. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.



MONACO -- The governing body of track and field has been hacked by Fancy Bears, the group that previously attacked the World Anti-Doping Agency. Fancy Bears began posting medical records of Olympians online last year. SENT: 500 words.

-- Also:

-- OLY--DOPING-2008 RETESTS -- IOC denies reported doping cover-up of Jamaican sprinters at 2008 Olympics -- SENT: 450 words.



North Carolina is in control of the ACC's Coastal Division after sweeping Florida State on the road for the first time in program history. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m.





Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NCAA Championship (Glendale, Ariz.)

North Carolina vs. Gonzaga, 9:20 p.m.


Miami at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Boston, 2:05 p.m.

Colorado at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 4:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.

San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.


Portland at Minnesota, 7 p.m.


Ottawa at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Florida, 7:30 p.m.