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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Friday, May 9

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May 9 (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

2014 NFL Draft resumes

The second and third round of the 2014 NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York. (FBN-DRAFT, initial lede to move at 8:15 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Jeff Reynolds, 900 words, will be led multiple times with expected final version delivered by 11:50 p.m. ET)

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Draft: Trade tracker

All of the deals in the second and third round. (FBN-DRAFT, expect by 11:45 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Derek Harper, 500-600 words)

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Best of the leftovers entering Day 3

Who is the best remaining prospect on the third day of the NFL draft?. (FBN-DRAFT, expect by 12:15 a.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Dane Brugler, 600 words)

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Takeaways from rounds 2-3

NFLDraftScout.com analysts share their insight with a review of the best, worst and indifferent after the first round. (FBN-DRAFT, expect by 1 a.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Jaguars will take their time with Bortles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the end, picking Blake Bortles as their quarterback for the future was simply too important for the Jacksonville Jaguars to pass up. But when that future begins is the important part, the team says. (FBN-JAGUARS-NEWS, PIX, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Bills: Costly move worth it for Watkins

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When Jacksonville passed on wide receiver Sammy Watkins in favor of quarterback Blake Bortles at No. 3, the Bills made a fast call to Cleveland and negotiated a deal to swap first-round spots -- No. 9 to No. 4. The big jump came with a big price tag. The Bills gave the Browns their first-round pick in 2015 and a fourth-rounder for a chance to draft the best wideout available. (FBN-BILLS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- In the end, the Minnesota Vikings didn't have to choose between help for the league's worst scoring defense and a potential future franchise quarterback in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft. (FBN-VIKINGS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Titans add tough-guy OT to loaded line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans thought offensive tackle Taylor Lewan would be long gone when their slot came up at No. 11, but when he was there, there was no hesitation. (FBN-TITANS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Falcons tap into NFL royalty for Ryan protector

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Head coach Mike Smith could not mask his excitement Thursday when two-time All-American offensive tackle Jake Matthews was still available with the sixth overall pick. (FBN-FALCONS-NEWS, PIX, moved, The Sports Xchange, 525 words)

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Steelers snag speedy LB Shazier

PITTSBURGH -- With the 15th pick of the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the fastest linebacker available, Ryan Shazier of Ohio State, with the idea he will boost a defense desperate for speed and big plays. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Eagles believe LB Smith

PHILADELPHIA -- As luck would have it, the player the Eagles wound up with Thursday, Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith, also happened to line up with one of their biggest needs -- a pass-rusher. (FBN-EAGLES-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Buccaneers envision 'Twin Towers' with Evans, Jackson at WR

TAMPA, Fla. -- Needing another playmaker to improve their last-ranked offense, the Bucs used the seventh overall pick to select receiver Mike Evans, the premier target for Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel with the Aggies. (FBN-BUCCANEERS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Raiders hit draft bull's-eye with LB Mack

TAMPA, Fla. -- Needing another playmaker to improve their last-ranked offense, the Bucs used the seventh overall pick to select receiver Mike Evans, the premier target for Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel with the Aggies. (FBN-BUCCANEERS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Dolphins grab big man to fill huge need

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins filled a need by selecting Ja'Wuan James (6-6, 321), the right tackle from Tennessee, with the No. 19 pick of the first round on Thursday. (FBN-DOLPHINS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Bears: Fuller corner makes for better defense

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears needed defensive help in virtually any form after a historically bad season, so the selection of cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft fit a need - even though it was more of a long-term need. (FBN-BEARS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The arrival of two-time All-American Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the latest big development this offseason in the reshaping of a Packers defense that again languished last season. (FBN-PACKERS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Rams muscle up with OT Robinson, DT Donald

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The strategy for the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft became clear right out of the gate. "We needed to address both sides of the ball upfront," coach Jeff Fisher said with a smile Thursday night at team headquarters. "You have to be physical in this division, and we accomplished that." (FBN-RAMS-NEWS, PIX, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Howard Balzer, 675 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Kobe wants say in Lakers search

With a candidates list longer than an interstate commute, Kobe Bryant would like his input heard before the Los Angeles Lakers move on a new head coach. (BKN-LAKERS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Pacers at Wizards

WASHINGTON - With Roy Hibbert contributing again, will the Indiana Pacers find their stride in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Washington Wizards? (BKN-WIZARDS-PACERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, PIX, expect ASAP after 8 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Thunder at Clippers

LOS ANGELES - MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit Los Angeles for the third game of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals series. (BKN-CLIPPERS-THUNDER-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, PIX, expect ASAP after 10:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Forrest Lee, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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GOLF

Players Championship (to 11)

Kaymer takes early control with a 63 at the TPC Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - Germany's Martin Kaymer takes a two-shot lead into Friday's second round at the TPC Sawgrass after opening with a course record-equalling nine-under-par 63. Australian Adam Scott, one of four players who could dislodge Tiger Woods from the top of the rankings after this week's event, struggled to a 77. (GOLF-PGA/ (PIX), expect first lead 2 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 500 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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

Rockies at Reds

CINCINNATI - National League ERA leader Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds welcome streaking Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who has a 28-game hitting streak. (BBO-REDS-ROCKIES-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7:05 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Jeff Wallner, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)

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Cardinals at Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Familiar foes Francisco Liriano and Michael Wacha get the call in the series opener between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. (BBO-PIRATES-CARDINALS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7:10 p.m. game, The Sports Xchange, by Forrest Lee, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)

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Red Sox at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas - Former Rangers Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski and the Boston Red Sox return to Globe Life Park in Arlington where ace Yu Darvish and Texas look for an encore of his 14-strikeout effort in the last meeting in this series. (BBO-RANGERS-REDSOX-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, PIX, expect ASAP after 8:10 p.m. game, The Sports Xchange, by Art Garcia, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)

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Giants RHP Cain to return Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO - Right-handed starter Matt Cain is scheduled to return from a brief stint on the disabled list Saturday at Dodger Stadium. (BBO-GIANTS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Joba secure in setup role with Tigers

DETROIT - Powerful right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain has found a home and become a fixture in the eighth inning for the Detroit Tigers. (BBO-TIGERS-NEWS, PIX, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Dana Gauruder, 400 words)

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Rangers at Penguins

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh can put an end to the Eastern Conference semifinals series by claiming Game 5 to earn a return trip to the conference finals. (HKN-PENGUINS-RANGERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, PIX, expect ASAP after 7:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by John Perrotto, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Blackhawks at Wild

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota defends home ice and looks to even the series with the Chicago Blackhawks at two games apiece. (HKN-WILD-BLACKHAWKS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, PIX, expect ASAP after 9:30 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Jess Myers, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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SOCCER

TORONTO - Jermain Defoe will wait for a phone call this weekend that will determine if his North American adventure has cost him a World Cup dream. When Defoe left Tottenham Hotspur, one of the soccer's glamour clubs, to follow a path to Major League Soccer paved by the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry the decision was viewed by some as a dead end move into semi-retirement. (SOCCER-WORLD/DEFOE, expect by 1800 GMT/2 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 600 words)

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AUTO RACING

Kansas notebook

The latest news and notes from around the track at Kansas Speedway. (CAR-SPRINT, expect by 6 p.m. ET, NASCAR Wire Service special to The Sports Xchange, 440 words)

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Kansas qualifying

NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole qualifying for Sunday's sprint cup race at Kansas Speedway. (CAR-SPRINT, expect by 8:30 p.m. ET, NASCAR Wire Service special to The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Truck Series coverage

NASCAR Camping World Nationwide Series race coverage from Kansas Speedway. (CAR-TRUCKS, expect by 10:30 p.m. ET, NASCAR Wire Service special to The Sports Xchange, 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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