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

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

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

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Pro Day: Confident Clowney shows off athleticism

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the top-ranked player in the draft according to NFLDraftScout.com, displays his unique skill set at his crowded pro day workout. (FBN-DRAFT/, expect by 1845 GMT/2:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Chris Dearing, 550 words)

See also: Pro Day: Clowney the worthy 1?

NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang puts Clowney under the microscope. (FBN-DRAFT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Rob Rang, 525 words)

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Redskins sign Jackson for three years, $24 million

Deep threat DeSean Jackson joins the Washington Redskins after being released by NFC East rival Philadelphia last week. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 275 words)

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Patriots host Manziel, Bridgewater

Are the New England Patriots in the QB market? Not exactly, but perhaps the franchise is considering the heir to Tom Brady in hosting private workouts with Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Keith Wenning this week. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

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Steelers sign WR Heyward-Bey

Speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former top 10 draft pick out of Maryland lands with his third team in three seasons. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 150 words)

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Michigan State finally lands five-star DE recruit

Defensive end Malik McDowell wins the public tug-of-war with his once-disapproving parents to wind up at Michigan State, a move the family blocked in February. (FBC-MICHIGANSTATE-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

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

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Heat's Big Three set for summit

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James will meet to discuss their collective future as the core of the Miami Heat. (BKN-HEAT-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Pistons at Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS - Forfeiting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference sparked infighting in Indiana. Can the Pacers avoid rock bottom with a loss to the 27-47 Detroit Pistons? (BKN-PACERS-PISTONS-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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Nets at Knicks

NEW YORK - The Knicks can't boast a home record to match Brooklyn - the Nets won a 14th straight game at home Tuesday - but New York needs to handle their cross-city rival to make the playoffs in the first of two remaining meetings this season. (BKN-KNICKS-NETS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2300 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Everett Merrill, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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NBA Wrap: Teams chasing playoff berths as season winds down

The Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats are among the teams in action still looking to secure their ticket to the playoffs on a busy night that has 13 games on the NBA schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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The full NBA schedule:

Detroit at Indiana, 7 PM ET

Brooklyn at New York, 7 PM ET

Cleveland at Orlando, 7 PM ET

Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 PM ET

Houston at Toronto, 7 PM ET

Boston at Washington, 7 PM ET

Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 PM ET

Milwaukee at Miami, 7:30 PM ET

Memphis at Minnesota, 8 PM ET

Golden State at San Antonio, 8:30 PM ET

New Orleans at Denver, 9 PM ET

Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix, 10 PM ET

Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento, 10 PM ET

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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

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Rays secure young ace Archer through 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Right-hander Chris Archer made all of 28 career starts before the Tampa Bay Rays commit to him long-term with a $25.5 million deal that could be worth $45.5 million. (BBO-RAYS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Dodgers double-dose of bad pitching news

SAN DIEGO - The Los Angeles Dodgers receive a double dose of bad pitching news, learning LHP Clayton Kershaw (back) will be out until at least May, while RHP Brian Wilson (elbow) went on the disabled list. (BBO-DODGERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Challenge fail: Padres unable to get review

SAN DIEGO - An unsuccessful challenge by manager Bruce Bochy comes back to bite the Giants, who couldn't challenge a subsequent blown call at home plate. The sequence proves costly in a one-run loss to the Diamondbacks. (BBO-PADRES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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Closer setup in Milwaukee flips

MILWAUKEE - RHP Jim Henderson and RHP Francisco Rodriguez are swapping roles in the bullpen - for now. (BBO-BREWERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Andrew Wagner, 250 words)

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Braves RHP Santana closer to return

MILWAUKEE - RHP Ervin Santana, signed March 12 to help stabilize the staff, is one step closer to making his Atlanta debut. He is scheduled to start Friday for Triple-A Gwinnett. (BBO-BRAVES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Andrew Wagner, 250 words)

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Astros winning arms race

HOUSTON - The revamped bullpen could hold the key to the Houston Astros' season. The relief corps gave up two runs Tuesday but closed out Houston's Opening Day win against the New York Yankees. (BBO-ASTROS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by MK Bower, 300 words)

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Scioscia: Baylor anxious to return

ANAHEIM, Calif. - According to manager Mike Scioscia, hitting coach Don Baylor is eager to get back to work quickly after undergoing surgery to repair a broken leg. (BBO-ANGELS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Haakenson, 300 words)

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Seattle's Smoak on fire

ANAHEIM, Calif. - First baseman Justin Smoak sizzles in his first two games batting behind 2B Robinson Cano, collecting a total of six RBIs. Smoak hit a three-run double Tuesday after Cano was intentionally walked to load the bases. (BBO-MARINERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Haakenson, 275 words)

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Royals at Tigers

DETROIT - Dominant 2013 Cy Young winner Max Scherzer owned the Kansas City Royals the past two seasons - 5-0, 2.40 ERA -- and looks for more of the same in an afternoon game at Comerica Field. (BBO-TIGERS-ROYALS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 1610 GMT/12:10 PM game ends, The Sports Xchange, by Rich Shook, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Yankees at Astros

HOUSTON - Hiroki Kuroda starts for the New York Yankees, who are out to even the series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (BBO-ASTROS-YANKEES-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0010 GMT/8:10 PM game ends, The Sports Xchange, by MK Bower, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Nationals at Mets

NEW YORK - A rocky season opener for both teams resulted in a Washington Nationals' win in extra innings and an injury for Mets closer Bobby Parnell that could be season-ending. Gio Gonzalez and the Nats go for another victory against Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets. (BBO-METS-NATIONALS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2310 GMT/7:10 PM game ends, The Sports Xchange, by Jerry Beach, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Indians at Athletics

OAKLAND - A day-night twin-bill is slated following a rainout Tuesday. (BBO-ATHLETICS-INDIANS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 1935 GMT/3:35 PM game ends, The Sports Xchange, by Eric Gilmore. Full 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru will move after Game 2, scheduled for 0100 GMT/9 PM ET)

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MLB Wrap: Scherzer leads Tigers in clash with Royals

The Detroit Tigers will send 2013 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to the mound against the visiting Kansas City Royals in one of 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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The full MLB schedule:

American League

Kansas City at Detroit, 1:08 PM ET

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 PM ET

Cleveland at Oakland, 3:35 PM ET

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 PM ET

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM ET

New York Yankees at Houston, 8:10 PM ET

Seattle at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 PM ET

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National League

Atlanta at Milwaukee, 1:10 PM ET

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 PM ET

Colorado at Miami, 7:10 PM ET

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM ET

Washington at New York Mets, 7:10 PM ET

San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 PM ET

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Interleague

Philadelphia at Texas, 8:05 PM ET

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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

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Bruins at Red Wings

DETROIT - Detroit is climbing back into the playoff race and the Red Wings can further that effort with a third victory over Boston in four meetings this season. (HKN-REDWINGS-BRUINS-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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Coyotes at Kings

LOS ANGELES - With a win over fledgling Phoenix, the Los Angeles Kings can clinch a fifth consecutive postseason berth. The Coyotes need a win to nudge back into the wild-card chase. (HKN-KINGS-COYOTES-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0230 GMT/10:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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NHL Wrap: Bruins look to extend torrid pace in Detroit

The red-hot Boston Bruins, who have not lost in regulation since March 1, visit the Detroit Red Wings looking to record their 16th win in the last 17 games in one of four games on the schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 475 words)

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The full NHL schedule:

New York Islanders at Ottawa, 7 PM ET

Boston at Detroit, 8 PM ET

Edmonton at Anaheim, 10 PM ET

Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM ET

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AUTO RACING

NASCAR driver capsules

A Texas-sized, driver-by-driver peek at the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. (CAR-DRIVERCAPSULES/, The Sports Xchange, 300 words per driver)

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TENNIS

WTA: Family Circle Cup (to April 6)

Jankovic, Errani among those seeking round of 16 berths

Last year's runner-up Jelena Jankovic, American Venus Williams and third-seed Sara Errani are among those in third-round action at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. (TENNIS-WTA/, expect by 0130 GMT/9:30 PM ET, 350 words)

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Nadal impatient for return to clay

MADRID - Top-ranked Rafa Nadal is eager to get back to his favored clay after what he calls a "good but not fantastic" start to the year with two titles and two runners-up spots. (TENNIS-MEN/NADAL, moved, 350 words)

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SKYDIVING

Skydivers attempt world record in Arizona

PHOENIX - A team of 222 veteran skydivers from around the world will step off a small squadron of airplanes in the Arizona skies this week and float down in formation to try to shatter a world record. (USA-ARIZONA/SKYDIVE, moved, by David Schwartz, 400 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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