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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Thursday, March 27

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March 27 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Thursday:

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

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THE MADNESS CONTINUES...

NCAA Tournament: Dayton vs. Stanford

MEMPHIS - Regional semifinal play begins as 11th-seeded Dayton and 10th-seeded Stanford square off for a chance to advance to Saturday's South regional final. (BKC-STANFORD-DAYTON-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the scheduled 2316 GMT/7:16 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Don Wade, 400-word first lede, 750-word writethru)

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NCAA Tournament: Florida vs. UCLA

MEMPHIS - Top-seeded Florida meets familiar nemesis UCLA, the fourth seed in the South Region and the losing team in the 2006 national title game won by the Gators. (BKC-FLORIDA-UCLA-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the scheduled 0145 GMT/9:45 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Don Wade, 400-word first lede, 750-word writethru)

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NCAA Tournament: Baylor vs. Wisconsin

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Baylor (26-11) and Wisconsin (28-7) meet for the first time in college basketball at Honda Center. The Bears are in the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years, Wisconsin in a regional semifinal for the third time in four years. (BKC-WISCONSIN-BAYLOR-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the scheduled 2347 GMT/7:47 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 750-word writethru)

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NCAA Tournament: San Diego State vs. Arizona

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Arizona and San Diego State met Nov. 14 in a tight game won by the Wildcats. With more on the line in the rematch, San Diego State eyes the upset and its first ever regional final appearance. (BKC-ARIZONA-SANDIEGOSTATE-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the scheduled 0217 GMT/10:17 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 750-word writethru)

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Coach K to stay at least five years

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is well past retirement age at 67, yet there are no plans to hit the rocking chair as he prepares for his 35th season with the Blue Devils. He says he'll stay at least five more years. (BKC-DUKE-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 275 words)

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Kansas freshman Embiid to turn pro?

Kansas freshman 7-footer Joel Embiid, considered one of the surprise newcomers in college basketball this season, will reportedly enter the 2014 NBA Draft. The 20-year-old says he is undecided. (BKC-KANSAS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 275 words)

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Manhattan coach Masiello placed on leave

Steve Masiello is placed on administrative leave by Manhattan while his "degree status" is reviewed by Manhattan College. (BKC-MANHATTAN-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 175 words)

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Tonight's NCAA Tournament schedule at a glance

West Region

Honda Center (Anaheim, California)

No. 2 Wisconsin (28-7) vs. No. 6 Baylor (26-11), 7:47 PM ET

No. 4 San Diego St. (31-4) vs. No. 1 Arizona (32-4), 10:17 PM ET

South Region

FedExForum (Memphis, Tennessee)

No. 10 Stanford (23-12) vs. No. 11 Dayton (25-10), 7:16 PM ET

No. 4 UCLA (28-8) vs. No. 1 Florida (34-2), 9:45 PM ET

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Manziel draws crowd

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Quarterback Johnny Manziel draws multiple head coaches and a former president to his pro day workout. (FBN-DRAFT/, expect by 1830 GMT/2:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Dane Brugler, 500 words)

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Big Board: Ranking the best in the 2014 draft

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), offensive tackle Greg Robinson (Auburn) and outside linebacker Khalil Mack (Buffalo) - not a quarterback - are the top three players in the 2014 draft. (FBN-DRAFT/, expect by 1630 GMT/2:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Rob Rang, 2,500 words)

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Bills exploring new stadium

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A stadium advisory committee is being assembled by the Buffalo Bills and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo with a stated goal of exploring the development and construction of a new stadium in Erie County. (FBN-BILLS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Redskins LB Orakpo signs franchise tender

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo signs a one-year, $11.455 million franchise tender for the 2014 season. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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QB Sanchez joins Eagles

Former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez passes his physical with the Philadelphia Eagles and agrees to a deal. (FBN-EAGLES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Brady honors fallen firefighters

A somber New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady salutes Boston firefighters who battled a nine-alarm blaze at a brownstone just doors down from his home that killed two in the line of duty. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 750 words)

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Vikings sign OG Ducasse

Guard Vladimir Ducasse signs with the Minnesota Vikings. (FBN-VIKINGS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

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Tracking free agents movers

Tracking the bargain shoppers and under-the-radar additions in the third week of NFL free agency. (FBN-NEWS/, separates as needed, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

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

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Sixers at Rockets

HOUSTON - Philadelphia could tie a futility streak against the Rockets with a 26th consecutive loss as the 76ers (15-56) go for their first victory since Jan. 29. (BKN-ROCKETS-SIXERS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2300 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by MK Bower, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Clippers at Mavericks

DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, tied for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, push for a playoff spot against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first of two meetings over the next six days. (BKN-MAVERICKS-CLIPPERS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0030 GMT/8:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Art Garcia, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Lakers at Bucks

MILWAUKEE - Los Angeles takes on the NBA's worst team but the Lakers are without Pau Gasol (vertigo). Milwaukee has won four of the last five meetings, but enters with a league-worst 13 wins this season. (BKN-BUCKS-LAKERS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0000 GMT/8 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Andrew Wagner, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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NBA Wrap: 76ers look to steer clear of dubious streak

The struggling Philadelphia 76ers, one loss shy of matching the NBA record of 26 consecutive defeats, visit the Houston Rockets hoping to steer clear of the dubious distinction in one of four games on the NBA schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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The entire NBA schedule:

Portland at Atlanta, 7:30 PM ET

Philadelphia at Houston, 8 PM ET

L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee, 8 PM ET

L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 8:30 PM ET

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GOLF

PGA Tour: Texas Open (to March 30) San Antonio

Laird sets out to defend Texas title

Defending champion Martin Laird takes on a field that includes a number of former major champions, including Zach Johnson, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard at week's Texas Open at TPC San Antonio, one of the final tune-ups before the April 10-13 Masters. (GOLF-PGA/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 350 words)

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EurAsia Cup officials hit back in Ballesteros dispute

Organizers of the EurAsia Cup are hitting back at criticism of the inaugural Ryder Cup-style team event, saying the competition has the backing of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. (GOLF-EURASIA/TOURS, moved, by Tony Jimenez, 400 words)

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R&A chief Dawson worried by Rio Olympic course delays

Construction work on the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games is behind schedule and a planned test event may not be possible, International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson warns. (GOLF-OLYMPICS/DELAY, moved, 325 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Puig prompts Dodgers team meeting

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly calls a team meeting to allow players to offer advice and clear any lingering exasperation with star outfielder Yasiel Puig. (BBO-DODGERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Season Preview: Chicago Cubs

Analysis of the Chicago Cubs strengths and weaknesses entering the season, key notes and complete roster breakdown. (BBO-CUBS-NEWS/, expect by 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Season Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

Analysis of the Milwaukee Brewers strengths and weaknesses entering the season, key notes and complete roster breakdown. (BBO-BREWERS-NEWS/, expect by 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Season Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

Analysis of the Pittsburgh Pirates strengths and weaknesses entering the season, key notes and complete roster breakdown. (BBO-PIRATES-NEWS/, expect by 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Season Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

Analysis of the Washington Nationals strengths and weaknesses entering the season, key notes and complete roster breakdown. (BBO-CARDINALS-NEWS/, expect by 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

NHL invites 120 prospects to combine

NHL Central Scouting extends 120 invitations to prospects to attend the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto from May 25 through May 31. (HKN-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 125 words)

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Blackhawks at Bruins

BOSTON - Chicago returns to the scene of their 2013 Stanley Cup victory with the Blackhawks going for a fourth consecutive victory over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins are 19-2-3 since a shootout loss at Chicago on Jan. 19. (HKN-BRUINS-BLACKHAWKS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0000 GMT/8 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Mike Shalin, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Kings at Penguins

PITTSBURGH - The road has been kind to the Los Angeles Kings, who seek their eighth consecutive win away from L.A. The Penguins called a players only meeting Tuesday and did not practice yesterday. (HKN-PENGUINS-KINGS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2300 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by John Perrotto, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Senators' Ryan to have season-ending surgery

The Ottawa Senators lose their leading goal scorer for the remainder of the season with the team announcing right wing Bobby Ryan will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. (HKN-SENATORS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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NHL Wrap: Blues look to tame Wild, Bruins host Cup champs

The NHL-leading St. Louis Blues host the Minnesota Wild while the Boston Bruins look to pad their lead atop the Eastern Conference when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in two of the 10 games on the schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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The entire NHL slate:

Chicago at Boston, 7 PM ET

Phoenix at New Jersey, 7 PM ET

Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 PM ET

Montreal at Detroit, 7 PM ET

NY Islanders at Tampa Bay, 7:30 PM ET

Carolina at Florida, 7:30 PM ET

Minnesota at St. Louis, 8 PM ET

Buffalo at Nashville, 8 PM ET

Vancouver at Colorado, 9 PM ET

Winnipeg at San Jose, 10:30 PM ET

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SOCCER

Red Bulls to host Arsenal FC

Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls will host English Premier League club Arsenal FC at Red Bull Arena on July 26. (SCR-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 175 words)

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AUTO RACING

Weekend preview

News and notes outlining the weekend ahead at Martinsville. (CAR-SPRINT/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, NASCAR wire service special to The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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TENNIS

Sony Open (to March 30) Miami

Top Guns Williams and Nadal take Sony spotlight

MIAMI - World No. 1 Serena Williams, a six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, takes on five-time runner-up Maria Sharapova with a spot in Saturday's final on the line. World No. 1 Rafa Nadal will also be back on center court to face big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic in men's quarterfinal action. (TENNIS-MIAMI/ (PIX), expect lead by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 400 words)

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BOSTON MARATHON

Thousand-mile relay to bring donations to Boston Marathon victims

NASHVILLE - For many first-time marathoners, the idea of covering 26.2 miles on foot is a daunting one. That distance is a jog around the block compared with what a group of Tennessee runners will undertake next month. (USA-BOSTON/MARATHON-TENNESSEE (PIX), moved, by Tim Ghianni, 475 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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