Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2:45 PM ET on Thursday, Apr. 6

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Apr. 6 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:45 PM ET on Thursday:

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

2017 NFL Draft Reset: Drama dominates AFC South

First of a division-by-division series previewing team needs based on personnel moves since the start of free agency. Search slug convention FBN-ANALYSIS-(DIVISION)

Schedule:

NFC East, AFC East moved Monday night

NFC North, AFC North moved Tuesday

NFC South, AFC South moved Wednesday

NFC West, AFC West moved Thursday

Former NFL RB Ball details alcoholism

Former NFL and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball said that he drank heavily throughout the latter half of his college years and into his brief NFL career. (FBN-NEWS-MONTEEBALL moved, The Sports Xchange, 360 words)

Ex-Cowboys WR: Romo same tier as Aikman, Staubach

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin said he considers now-retired quarterback Tony Romo in the same tier as franchise greats Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. (FBN-COWBOYS-NEWS-ROMO, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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 BASEBALL

Red Sox, Pirates postponed

BOSTON - Rain put a damper on a hot start for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, but the postponement may have come at a good time for the Pittsburgh Pirates. (BBO-REDSOX-PIRATES-NEWS-RAINOUT, by Gethin Coolbaugh, 411 words)

SS Bogaerts placed on bereavement list (BBO-REDSOX-NEWS-BOGAERTS, moved, The Sports Xchange)

Mariners’ Felix Hernandez to start Saturday

HOUSTON – Felix Hernandez plans to pitch on his 31st birthday Saturday, his next scheduled start, against the Los Angeles Angels despite a groin strain. (BBO-MARINERS-NEWS-HERNANDEZ, 355 words)

Dodgers OF Ethier likely to miss several weeks

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is unlikely to return for several weeks because of a back injury. (BBO-DODGERS-NEWS-ETHIER, moved, 387 words)

The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Thursday schedule:

Philadelphia at Cincinnati 12:35 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Boston 1:35 p.m.

Colorado at Milwaukee 1:40 p.m.

Chi. Cubs at St. Louis 1:45 p.m.

Detroit at Chi. White Sox 2:10 p.m.

San Diego at L.A. Dodgers 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland 3:35 p.m.

Miami at Washington 4:05 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay 7:05 p.m.

Seattle at Houston 8:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona 9:40 p.m.

MLB notebook

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

MLB roundup

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

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Bulls PG Rondo to miss game versus 76ers

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo will sit out Thursday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a sprained right wrist. (BKN-BULLS-NEWS, moved, 273 words)

THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Thursday schedule:

Chicago at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.

Milwaukee at Indiana 7:00 p.m.

Brooklyn at Orlando 7:00 p.m.

Washington at New York 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Atlanta 8:00 p.m.

Minnesota at Portland 10:30 p.m.

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

Stars ink F Caamano to entry-level deal

The Dallas Stars signed forward Nicholas Caamano to a three-year, entry-level contract on Thursday. Caamano, 18, collected 35 goals and 29 assists in 67 games this season with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League. (HKN-STARS-NEWS-CAAMANO, moved, 240 words)

THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NHL games. Thursday schedule:

Winnipeg at Columbus 7:00 p.m.

Ottawa at Boston 7:00 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Carolina 7:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh at New Jersey 7:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Florida 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Dallas 8:00 p.m.

Minnesota at Colorado 9:00 p.m.

Vancouver at Arizona 10:00 p.m.

Chicago at Anaheim 10:00 p.m.

Calgary at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose 10:30 p.m.

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

Johnson and McIlroy set to take Masters spotlight

AUGUSTA, Georgia - The 81st edition of the U.S. Masters gets underway at Augusta National with red-hot world No. 1 Dustin Johnson seeking his first Green Jacket and Rory McIlroy looking to complete a career grand slam of golf’s four majors. (GOLF-MASTERS/ (PIX, TV), expect by 10 am ET, by Steve Keating, Ed Osmond, Frank Pingue and Rory Carroll, 400 words)

Green Jacket pours greenbacks into Augusta economy

AUGUSTA, Georgia - It is anyone’s guess which player will wear the Green Jacket on Sunday night, but one certain winner of the Masters is the city of Augusta. (GOLF-MASTERS/ECONOMY (PIX, TV), expect by 11 am ET, by Rick Horrow, 400 words)

Ailing No. 1-ranked Johnson takes swing at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dustin Johnson, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, began The Masters with a back injury Thursday. (GLF-PGA-NEWS-MASTERS-JOHNSON, bulletin moved, will be led, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

Nicklaus, Player open 81st Masters without Palmer

Arnold Palmer's green jacket adorned a white lawn chair nearby as teary-eyed friends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit ceremonial tee shots to open the 81st Masters on Thursday. (GLF-PGA-NEWS-PALMER-TRIBUTE, moved, The Sports Xchange, 414 words)

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AUTO RACING

Auto Racing Glance

Capsule previews of the week ahead in auto racing.(CAR-NEWS-GLANCE, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

Underdog Coyne team on top entering Long Beach

As the IndyCar Series heads to this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, underdog Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 car is atop the standings thanks to Sebastien Bourdais claiming a season-opening victory last month in St. Petersburg, Fla. (CAR-INDYCAR-PREVIEW, expect by 4 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Cats Walk: Another Kentucky player turning pro

Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe joined the current of Wildcats headed for the NBA. Briscoe announced he was declaring for the NBA draft and hiring an agent, ending his eligibility at Kentucky after two seasons. (BKC-KENTUCKY-NEWS-BRISCOE, 400 words, moved)

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