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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Friday, April 25

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April 25 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Friday:

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The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Draft: TE-RB talent modest

No running back is expected to be drafted in the first round for the second consecutive year and only one tight end - North Carolina's Eric Ebron - is considered a top 32 prospect. (FBN-DRAFT/, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Frank Cooney, 875 words)

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NFL Draft preview: Steelers regroup after cap hits

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers made some surprising moves in the offseason only because they were in cap hell and were able to climb out of it, at least all the way to cap purgatory, which allowed them to sign some free agents and re-sign some of their own. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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NFL Draft preview: Defense still primary focus for Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The positive aspect for the Chicago Bears about finishing with a defense that set franchise records for yards and points allowed is they can virtually draft any position on that side of the ball and still address a need. (FBN-BEARS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Goodell considering four-day draft for 2015

After moving the NFL draft back two weeks for 2014, more changes could be coming next year. (FBN-DRAFT/, expect by 1815 GMT/2:15 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 240 words)

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Northwestern players vote on union

Northwestern football players cast secret ballots on whether to unionize, an unprecedented event in collegiate athletics. (FBC-NORTHWESTERN-NEWS/, moved; may be led, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

*The Sports Xchange covers all NBA games. Key matchups highlighted below.

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Warriors considering name change

The Golden State Warriors plan to seek input from fans about possibly changing their name after announcing this week they bought 12 acres of land in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco in hopes of building a new arena. (BKN-WARRIORS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 275 words)

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Bulls at Wizards

WASHINGTON - Washington took two from the Chicago Bulls at United Center and the Wizards can take a commanding 3-0 with a victory in the best-of-seven series. (BKN-WIZARDS-BULLS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0000 GMT/8 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Raptors at Nets

BROOKLYN - Game 3 of the best-of-seven first round series at Barclays Center. (BKN-RAPTORS-NETS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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NBA Wrap: Nets look to get upper hand on Raptors

The Brooklyn Nets host the Toronto Raptors with the first-round playoff tilt tied at 1-1 while the Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards seek commanding 3-0 leads in their respective series versus the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

See also: Kentucky guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison decided to forget the NBA for at least a year and return to school for their sophomore season. (BKC-KENTUCKY-NEWS/)

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The NBA schedule at a glance:

Toronto at Brooklyn, 7 PM ET

Chicago at Washington, 8 PM ET

Houston at Portland, 10:30 PM ET

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GOLF

PGA Tour: Zurich Classic (to April 27)

Martin takes two-shot lead into second round

American Ben Martin takes a two-shot lead over compatriot Andrew Svoboda into the second round of Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana in New Orleans where defending champion Billy Horschel is 12 shots off the pace. (GOLF-PGA/, expect by 0030 GMT/8:30 PM ET, 450 words)

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Course record sends Frenchman Levy well clear in China

Frenchman Alexander Levy fires a course record 10-under-par 62 to storm four shots clear after the second round of the China Open and in pole position to claim a first European Tour title. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/ (PIX), moved, 375 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

*The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Key matchups highlighted below.

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Angels at Yankees

NEW YORK - Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels make their only trip of the season to Yankees Stadium for a three-game series with Jacoby Ellsbury and the New York Yankees. (BBO-YANKEES-ANGELS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2305 GMT/7:05 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Everett Merrill, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Red Sox at Blue Jays

TORONTO - Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays open a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox and former Buehrle teammate Jake Peavy. (BBO-BLUEJAYS-REDSOX-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2307/GMT/7:07 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Marlins at Mets

NEW YORK - Miami Marlins left-hander Henderson Alvarez, who pitched a shutout in his previous start, gets the ball at Citi Field against Zach Wheeler and the New York Mets. (BBO-METS-MARLINS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/, expect ASAP after the 2310 GMT/7:10 PM ET start, The Sports Xchange, by Jerry Beach, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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MLB Wrap: Blue Jays' Buehrle seeks fifth win of the season

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle will try to become the first five-game winner on the season when he takes the mound vs. the visiting Boston Red Sox in one of 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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The full MLB schedule:

American League

Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees, 7:05 PM ET

Kansas City at Baltimore, 7:05 PM ET

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 PM ET

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 PM ET

Oakland at Houston, 8:10 PM ET

Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 PM ET

Texas at Seattle, 10:10 PM ET

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National League

San Diego at Washington, 7:05 PM ET

Miami at New York Mets, 7:10 PM ET

Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7:35 PM ET

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 PM ET

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 PM ET

Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 PM ET

Colorado at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 PM ET

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Interleague

Cleveland at San Francisco, 10:15 PM ET

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

*The Sports Xchange covers all Stanley Cup Playoff games. Key matchups highlighted below.

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Blackhawks at Blues

ST. LOUIS - Each team protected its home ice and the nip-and-tuck 2-2 series shifts back to Scottrade Center for Game 5. (HKN-BLUES-BLACKHAWKS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0000 GMT/8 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Rangers at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA - Steve Mason returns to the net for the Philadelphia Flyers, who trail the best-of-seven series 2-1. (HKN-FLYERS-RANGERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2300 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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NHL Wrap: Blackhawks visit Blues with series tied

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visit the St. Louis Blues with their best-of-seven series tied 2-2 while the New York Rangers try to push the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination in two of the three first-round playoff games on the schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Spirited Kings find their way back to San Jose

LOS ANGELES - "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" would have been an apt question for Los Angeles Kings fans ahead of Thursday's Game Four and their team responded brilliantly with a spirited 6-3 win over the Sharks. On the brink of a 4-0 sweep, the Kings breathed new life into the best-of-seven series and will return to San Jose for Game Five trailing 1-3. (NHL-PLAYOFFS/KINGS (PIX), expect by 1830 GMT/2:30 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 650 words)

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Bishop, Rask, Varlamov named Vezina finalists

The Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop, Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask and Colorado Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov are named the finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top goaltender. (HKN-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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The NHL schedule at a glance:

New York Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 PM ET

Chicago at St. Louis, 8 PM ET

Dallas at Anaheim, 10:30 PM ET

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AUTO RACING

NASCAR Sprint qualifying

RICHMOND, Va. - Live coverage of qualifying for Toyota Owners 400. (CAR-SPRINT-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, NASCAR Wire Service special to The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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NASCAR notebook

RICHMOND, Va. - The latest news and notes from around the track as Richmond weekend gets underway. (CAR-SPRINT-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, NASCAR Wire Service special to The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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BOXING

Klitschko-Leapai weigh-in interrupted by American

BERLIN - American former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs interrupts the weigh-in of world champion Vladimir Klitschko and Australian challenger Alex Leapai, demanding a fight against the Ukrainian. (BOXING-KLITSCHKO/, moved, 200 words)

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TENNIS

Nadal sent tumbling out of Barcelona Open

BARCELONA - Misfiring Rafa Nadal crashes out of the Barcelona Open at the hands of fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro who avenged last year's final defeat by winning their quarterfinal 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. (TENNIS-BARCELONA/, moved, by Tim Hanlon, 300 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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