Mar. 29 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Wednesday:
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Those were the days at NFL league meeting
PHOENIX -- It's a wrap. That was the word Tuesday here at the NFL owners meeting, which raised the bar for rapid-fire achievement that commissioner Roger Goodell can only hope can be emulated in the pace of the game he plans to rev up. (FBN-NEWS-NFLLEAGUEMEETING, moved, The Sports Xchange, By Frank Cooney, 980 words)
Goodell plans to attend Patriots' season-opener
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has stayed away from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the home of the New England Patriots, since the "Deflategate" saga happened, but he has every intention of being there for the league's season opener in September. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS-GOODELL, moved, The Sports Xchange, 380 words)
Pro Day roundup: Njoku lights up Miami workout
Tight end David Njoku could be on the rise after a 4.49 40-yard dash and 40-inch vertical at Miami’s pro day. (FBN-DRAFT-PRODAYNOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)
Jones sets Romo deadline: ‘Before training camp’
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he plans to make a decision about the future of quarterback Tony Romo "before training camp." (FBN-COWBOYS-NEWS-ROMO, moved, The Sports Xchange, 384 words)
Seahawks’ Carroll: Marshawn Lynch considering comeback
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that retired running back Marshawn Lynch is considering a return to the NFL. (FBN-SEAHAWKS-NEWS-LYNCH, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
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 BASEBALL
Mets closer Familia suspended 15 games
New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games for domestic violence. (BBO-METS-NEWS-FAMILIA, expect by 3p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
2017 Season Previews
The Sports Xchange presents a team-by-team look at the 2017 season.
Season previews for all AL West and NL West teams moved Monday.
AL and NL East team previews moved Tuesday.
AL and NL Central team previews moved Wednesday.
Search slug convention: BBO-CUBS-ANALYSIS-SEASONPREVIEW
News and notes from around the league. (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Capsule recaps of spring training games Wednesday. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
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North Carolina concerned Berry a no-go in Final Four
North Carolina coach Roy Williams is “scared to death” he won’t have point guard Joel Barry for the national semifinals Saturday in Phoenix.
(BKC-NORTHCAROLINA-OREGON-PREVIEW, 700 words, by Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange)
Gonzaga prepares for suffocating S. Carolina
South Carolina’s physical defense brings a new test for another Final Four first-timer, Gonzaga.
(BKC-SOUTHCAROLINA-GONZAGA-PREVIEW, 700 words, by Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange)
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 BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Wednesday schedule:
Oklahoma City at Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Charlotte at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Miami at New York 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Boston 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at New Orleans 8:00 p.m.
Indiana at Memphis 8:00 p.m.
Golden State at San Antonio 9:30 p.m.
Utah at Sacramento 10:30 p.m.
Washington at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m.
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. Wednesday schedule:
Chicago at Pittsburgh 8:00 p.m.
Los Angeles at Calgary 9:00 p.m.
Washington at Colorado 10:00 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona 10:30 p.m.
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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ANA Inspiration (to April 2)
Heat on for world number one Ko at women's major
RANCHO MIRAGE, California - Defending champion Lydia Ko is feeling pressure at the top of the world golf rankings as she heads into the ANA Inspiration, the season's first women's golf major, at Mission Hills Country Club. (GOLF-WOMEN-INSPIRATION/ (PREVIEW), expect by 6 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 400 words)
Commissioner says global appeal fuels LPGA
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says the tour's global appeal has fueled their success and helped make women's and girl's golf grow at an extraordinary rate. (GOLF-WOMEN/WHAN (INTERVIEW, TV), expect by 5 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 500 words)
U.S. Women's Open about golf, not Trump, says Whan
The upcoming U.S. Women's Open this July at Trump Bedminster, owned by the U.S. president, has led some to push for the event to be moved but LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and most players feel the championship is about golf and should not be impacted by politics. (GOLF-WOMEN-TRUMP/, expect by 7 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 400 words)
10 Players to Watch: Shell Houston Open
Jordan Spieth feels right at home in the heart of Texas where he’s one of 10 players to watch in the Houston Open. (GLF-PGA-ANALYSIS-HOUSTONOPEN moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom LaMarre, 800 words)
ALSO: Previewing the Houston Open (GLF-PGA-HOUSTONOPEN-PREVIEW, expect by 7:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Steve Habel)
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ATP/WTA: Miami Open (to 2)
Kerber battles Venus in quarter-final clash
Top seeded German Angelique Kerber faces 11th seed Venus Williams in quarter-final action while third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania battles Britain's Johanna Konta in the other quarter-final at the Miami Open. (TENNIS-MIAMI/WOMEN (TV), expect by first lead by 8 PM ET, 400 words)
Nishikori, Nadal eye semi-final berths
Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori faces unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini in quarter-final action at the Miami Open while fifth-seed Rafa Nadal battles Jack Sock in the other last-eight clash at the Miami Open. (TENNIS-MIAMI/MEN (TV), expect by first lead by 8 PM ET, 400 words)
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