Mar. 30 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:45 PM ET on Thursday:
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Passionate Harbaugh wants big changes in NFL
PHOENIX – Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was perhaps the loudest voice in the room when coaches gathered to share their perspective on the state of the NFL. (FBN-RAVENS-NEWS-HARBAUGH, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Howard Balzer, 600 words)
Pro Day roundup: Tracking Thursday’s prospect workouts
With more than a dozen pro day workouts on the schedule Thursday, NFLDraftScout.com wades through the results from College Station, Texas – where purported No. 1 pick Myles Garrett is unlikely to break a sweat – to Macomb, Ill. (Western Illinois University) and Boise, Idaho. (FBN-DRAFT-PRODAYNOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)
Chip Kelly: Kaepernick ‘zero distraction’ in 2016
Former San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly dismissed the notion that quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a distraction last season as he staged a protest during a national anthem. FBN-49ERS-NEWS-KELLY-KAEPERNICK, moved, The Sports Xchange, 414 words)
Chargers great Tomlinson joins front office
The Los Angeles Chargers are turning to a familiar face to help them adjust to a new market. Former NFL MVP and five-time Pro Bowl selection LaDainian Tomlinson will serve as a special assistant to ownership. (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
Yankees RF Judge to start on Opening Day
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge will be the team's starter to begin the season, manager Joe Girardi confirmed Thursday, ending a tight spring competition with Aaron Hicks. (BBO-YANKEES-NEWS-JUDGE, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
Nationals name Treinen closer
Blake Treinen was named closer of the Washington Nationals, who will use injury-prone Shawn Kelley as the primary setup man along with Koda Glover. (BBO-NATIONALS-NEWS-TREINEN, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
Red Sox LHP Pomeranz placed on DL
Boston Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm flexor strain. (BBO-REDSOX-NEWS-POMERANZ, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
Angels P Shoemaker to use headgear
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker, 30, will use a carbon-fiber insert in his cap after a line drive fractured his skull in Sept. 5. (BBO-ANGELS-NEWS-SHOEMAKER, moved, The Sports Xchange, 371 words)
Mets name Wheeler No. 4 starter
Zack Wheeler had a rough spring but earned a spot in the Mets rotation with Steven Matz on the disabled list. (BBO-METS-NEWS-WHEELER, moved, The Sports Xchange, 357 words)
2017 Season Previews
The Sports Xchange moved 2017 previews for all 30 teams.
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 Thursday. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
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Role reversal: Gonzaga to face underdog South Carolina
Gonzaga, often cast as the gutty underdog, finally finished the climb to its first Final Four, doing so as a No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs' reward: playing a gutty underdog. (BKC-SOUTHCAROLINA-GONZAGA-PREVIEW, 700 words, by Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange)
Surprising Oregon faces old-school UNC in Final Four
The Ducks, playing in their first Final Four since winning the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939, are short on size, which could come into play against dominant rebounding North Carolina. (BKC-NORTHCAROLINA-OREGON-PREVIEW, 700 words, by Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange)
Georgia Tech, TCU tussle in NIT title game
NEW YORK – Georgia Tech and TCU clash at Madison Square Garden in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament. (BKC-GEORGIATECH-TCU-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7:30 p.m. ET game, by Everett Merrill, The Sports Xchange)
Miss. State prepares best shot for UConn
DALLAS -- Mississippi State is next in line. Most college basketball fans likely will assume that the Bulldogs are simply the next team on an endless conveyor belt as the Connecticut women's team adds to epic winning streak. The Huskies have won 111 straight games – including four national titles in a row -- a streak that dates to a two-point loss at Stanford in November 2014. (BKW-CONNECTICUT-MISSISSIPPISTATE-PREVIEW, by Chad Conine, 613 words, 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
Westbrook willing Thunder to wins, post historic triple-double
Westbrook recorded the highest scoring triple-double in NBA history Wednesday night, totaling 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a come-from-behind, 114-106 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. (BKN-THUNDER-MAGIC-WRITETHRU, The Sports Xchange, by Tim Povtak, 755 words)
THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Thursday schedule:
Brooklyn at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago 8:00 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Phoenix 10:00 p.m.
Houston at Portland 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. Thursday schedule:
Columbus at Carolina 7:00 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Dallas at Boston 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m.
Toronto at Nashville 8:00 p.m.
Ottawa at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
San Jose at Edmonton 9:00 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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Fowler, Bradley bolt ahead at Shell Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas – Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley surged to the front of the pack early in the first round of the Shell Houston Open. (GLF-PGA-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Steve Habel, 800 words)
LPGA ANA Inspiration first round
Coverage of the first round of the ANA Inspiration on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (GLF-LPGA-RECAP-ANAINSPIRATION, expect by 9:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)
LPGA: ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage (to 2)
Ko looks to rediscover form at Rancho Mirage
Defending champion and world number one Lydia Ko, who missed only her second cut of her professional career last week, will try to regain her form at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, when she tees off in the opening round of the women's first major of the year. (GOLF-WOMEN-INSPIRATION/, expect by 10:30 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 400 words)
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Gibbs Team Struggles to Regain Winning Form
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 in Martinsville, Va. could provide the antidote.
CAR-NASCAR-COLUMN, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Jonathan Ingram, 850 words)
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ATP/WTA: Miami Open (to 2)
Pliskova battles Wozniacki in semi-final action
Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova faces 12th-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki in one of the day's two semi-final matches. (TENNIS-MIAMI/WOMEN (TV), expect by first story by 8 PM ET, 400 words)
Federer eyes spot in Miami semis
Fourth seed Swiss Roger Federer takes on Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych with a berth in the semi-finals at stake while Australian 12th seed Nick Kyrgios faces German Alexander Zverev, the 16th seed, in the day's other quarter-final at the Miami Open. (TENNIS-MIAMI/MEN (TV), expect by first story by 8 PM ET, 400 words)
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