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CHICAGO -- For Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors, there is a sense of relief: Kevin Durant will return from his knee injury at some point this season. Says Draymond Green: "Obviously, it's tough. We'll have to do it by committee." By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 500 words, photos.

-- With:

-- BKN--WARRIORS-BULLS -- By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

-- BKN--WARRIORS-BARNES -- Warriors sign Matt Barnes after losing Durant. SENT: 130 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS -- Christian McCaffrey didn't want to take unnecessary risks. His NFL career was approaching, and the Stanford running back decided to skip a bowl game. When he told his teammates, he got an unexpected reaction: a standing ovation. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

-- With:

-- FBN--NFL COMBINE-THE LATEST -- Real-time updates throughout day.


NEW YORK -- The World Baseball Classic opens Monday, with hopes that one day it will be as important as soccer's World Cup. But baseball's top international event has a ways to go. It is a work in progress, with many major leaguers focused on the upcoming season. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


MEXICO CITY -- Dustin Johnson makes his debut at No. 1 when the Mexico Championship begins. Rory McIlroy is returning from a rib injury, having last played Jan. 15. This World Golf Championship tournament was switched from Trump Doral in Florida. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS -- Almost a month later, Falcons coach Dan Quinn is at the NFL scouting and ready to talk about Atlanta's epic Super Bowl collapse. His plan now: Use what happened to his team's advantage next season. By Michael Marot. SENT: 650 words, with photos.

-- Also:

-- FBN--REDSKINS-MCCLOUGHAN -- Redskins GM Scot McCloughan skipping combine for "family matters." By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 p.m.



TOLEDO, Ohio -- Central Michigan's Marcus Keene has a chance to become college basketball's highest scoring leader since Charlie Jones put up more than 30 points a game 20 years ago at Long Island University. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. -- The race for player of the year in the top leagues is down to the final weekend. The list includes Duke's Luke Kennard, Kansas' Frank Mason III, Villanova's Josh Hart, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Kentucky's Malik Monk. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 800 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- BKC--T25-MIAMI IN MARCH -- Miami coach Jim Larranaga senses strong month for Hurricanes. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

-- BKC--T25-VILLANOVA-WRIGHT STUFF -- Villanova coach Jay Wright recounts title run in new book. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



JUPITER, Fla. -- Before Adam Wainwright makes his first spring start he showed why he's the Cardinals' ace. Every day he would spot a young minor league pitcher walking to the ballpark to save a few dollars. Wainwright stepped up to the plate -- he rented him a car. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


MIAMI -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu can return to spring training after finishing his testimony in the trial of two men accused of smuggling Cuban ballplayers. On Wednesday, he said he covered up his illegal travel to the U.S. by eating a page of a fake passport. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

-- Also:

-- BBO--SPRING TRAINING -- Roundup of games from Cactus, Grapefruit leagues. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 7 p.m.

-- BBA--YANKEES-CHAPMAN'S RETURN -- Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman takes mound for first time since Game 7 of World Series. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos. Game starts 6:35 p.m.

-- BBO--RULE CHANGES -- Pitchless international walks take effect Thursday. SENT: 300 words.



The NHL trade market produces no whopping deals, but several Stanley Cup contenders land good players for the postseason grind while several struggling teams make wise use of their assets. By Hockey Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 850 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES -- MLS opens this weekend with 22 teams while the 23rd plans for its 2018 debut. The LAFC ownership group is deciding what international stars to sign, and season tickets are on sale for a downtown stadium to be completed early next year. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.


MADRID -- On the night Barcelona regained first place, coach Luis Enrique jolted the team by saying he needs to rest and will not return next season. Sevilla's Jorge Sampaoli now is among the top candidates to manage one of the most dominant clubs in the last decade. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 600 words, photos.


PARIS -- When ex-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took over at Marseille a few months ago, his plan to revive the team was called the "Champions Project." Well, there is a long way to go before Marseille -- Champions League winner in 1993 -- can challenge in France, let alone Europe. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 800 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND -- Barcelona plays its first game since learning coach Luis Enrique will leave after season. SENT: 700 words, photos.

-- SOC--ENGLAND SPOTLIGHT-KANE VS LUKAKU -- Scoring leaders Harry Kane of Tottenham and Romelu Lukaku of Everton meet Sunday. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos.

-- SOC--CAS-BOLIVIA APPEAL -- Bolivia challenges FIFA over forfeited World Cup games. SENT: 140 words.



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Andy Murray plays Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Fernando Verdasco reaches the semis by beating Gael Monfils and next plays Robin Haase. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

-- Other tournaments in Malaysia, Mexico and Brazil.


MMA--UFC 209

UFC fans get an enticing card in Las Vegas on Saturday night: Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson fight in a rematch, and rising lightweight stars Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov meet in an anticipated bout. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.


-- GLF--LPGA SINGAPORE -- Michelle Wie up by a stroke after first round of HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. SENT: 400 words, photos.

-- GLF--TSHWANE OPEN -- Gregory Havret, Haydn Porteous, Alexander Bjork share lead after first round in South Africa. SENT: 140 words.

-- OLY--TOKYO 2020-GOLF DISPUTE -- Male-only Japanese club could lose 2020 Olympic venue. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 250 words, photos.


-- BKN--NBA-REFEREE IMPROVEMENTS -- NBA to hire more refs, change their evaluations, schedules. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 550 words, photos.

-- BBO--MEXICO-MANAGER MISSING -- Mexican baseball manager reported missing. SENT: 140 words.

-- BOX--HAYE-BELLEW -- David Haye fights Tony Bellow in all-British heavyweight bout Saturday night in London. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.

-- SKI--VEITH INJURY -- Olympic super-G champion Anna Veith expected to recover from knee injury in time for Winter Games. SENT: 250 words, photos.

-- SKI--NORDIC WORLDS -- Austrian ski jumper Stefan Kraft wins large hill in Finland. SENT: 350 words, photos.








Thursday's Time Schedule (EST)


Golden State at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Charlotte at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Portland, 10:30 p.m.


Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m.

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

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

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

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

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 14 SMU vs. Tulsa, 8 p.m.

No. 18 Cincinnati vs. Houston, 7 p.m.

No. 22 Wisconsin vs. Iowa, 9 p.m.


No. 14 Louisville vs. Clemson at Conway, S.C., 11 a.m.

No. 16 Miami vs. Georgia Tech at Conway, S.C., 6 p.m.

No. 21 Syracuse vs. North Carolina at Conway, S.C., 8:30 p.m.

No. 22 Drake vs. Missouri State, 8 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

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

Minnesota vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Tampa Bay vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

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

Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. San Francisco (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

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

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

San Francisco (ss) vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Baltimore (ss) vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 6:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:10 p.m.