Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Sunday, April 2

Reuters

April 2 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Sunday:

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Gonzaga, North Carolina set for grand finale

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Gonzaga has gone from Cinderella darling to the national championship game, which is old hat for North Carolina. The Tar Heels lost in the national title game on Villanova’s buzzer beater in 2016. (BKC-NORTHCAROLINA-GONZAGA-PREVIEW, 700 words, by Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

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Mississippi State shoots to complete dream title run

DALLAS – After knocking of UConn in one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history, Mississippi State looks to complete the title dream with a win Sunday. (BKC-MISSISSIPPISTATE-SOUTHCAROLINA-LEDE-WRITETHRU, 700 words, by Chad Conine, The Sports Xchange)

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College basketball notebook

News and notes around college basketball. (BKC-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange)

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Lombardi Trophy undamaged after accident

The Lombardi Trophy reportedly is safe and sound after the car that was carrying it was involved in a run-in with a deer in Fairfield, Maine. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS-LOMBARDI, moved, The Sports Xchange, 321 words)

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Newton, Panthers looking to regain confidence

The calendar may say 2017, but the effects of 2016 are still hanging over the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Cam Newton on Thursday underwent surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff, and next week he'll begin a four-month rehab process. If all goes well, Newton will be full-go at the start of training camp, but the 2015 NFL MVP needs to mend more than just his throwing arm. (FBN-RAVENS-NEWS-HARBAUGH, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Howard Balzer, 600 words)

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Eagles adding offensive weapons around Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles entered free agency with a lot of positional needs and not much cap space. But they've done a pretty good loaves-to-fishes job of addressing those needs pre-draft without gutting the rest of the roster. (FBN-EAGLES-NEWS-WENTZ, moved, The Sports Xchange, 655 words)

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Brady receives $14 million bonus

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was set to receive a $14 million deferred signing bonus on Friday as part of the contract extension he signed in 2016. Brady's deal called for a signing bonus of $28 million, split into two $14 million payments. He received the first installment when he signed the extension. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS-BRADY, moved, The Sports Xchange, 395 words)

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NFL notebook

News and notes from around the NFL. (FBN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASKETBALL

OPENING DAY

Rays get early start on Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Chris Archer held down the Yankees early allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to jump ahead of New York in Sunday’s opening game of the 2017 season. (BBO-YANKEES-RAYS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 1:10 ET game, 700 words

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Cardinals host champion Cubs

ST. LOUIS – Opening Day is always a show for the Cardinals, but with the rival and World Champion Cubs in town for a primetime opener, Busch Stadium should be live. (BBO-CARDINALS-CUBS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 8 p.m. ET game, by James Dent, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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MLB notebook

News and notes from around the league. (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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MLB roundup

Capsule recaps of Sunday’s games. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Sunday schedule:

Boston at New York 1 p.m.

Charlotte at Oklahoma City 3 p.m.

Dallas at Milwaukee 3:30 p.m.

Memphis at L.A. Lakers 3:30 p.m.

Utah at San Antonio 3:30 p.m.

Denver at Miami 6 p.m.

Philadelphia at Toronto 6 p.m.

Indiana at Cleveland 6 p.m.

Chicago at New Orleans 6 p.m.

Atlanta at Brooklyn 6 p.m.

Washington at Golden State 8 p.m.

Houston at Phoenix 9 p.m.

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NBA notebook

News and notes from around the NBA. (BKN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NHL games.

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NHL notebook

News and notes from around the league. (HKN-NOTEBOOK, expect first version by 9:45 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words

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GOLF

Henley, Kang tussle in Texas

HUMBLE, Texas – Russell Henry and Sung Kang engaged in a fight to the finish in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. (GLF-PGA-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Steve Habel, 800 words)

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Thompson leads ANA Inspiration by two shots

Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under-par 67 in the third round to emerge as the leader Saturday at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (GLF-LPGA-RECAP-ANAINSPIRATION, expect by 9:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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AUTO RACING

Martinsville NASCAR: STP 500

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Last year Joe Gibbs Racing came within a few laps of winning the driver's championship in NASCAR's premier Cup series. This year, the team is still looking for its first victory after five races. Sunday's visit to NASCAR's oldest track could be the antidote.(CAR-NASCAR-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 2 p.m. ET race, The Sports Xchange, by Amanda Vincent, 850 words)

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