Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Monday, March 3

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March 3 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Monday:

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

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OSCAR PISTORIUS

'Bloodcurdling Screams', then four shots

PRETORIA - The first witness at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial tells the court she heard "bloodcurdling screams" from a woman followed by shots, a dramatic opening to a case that could see one of global sports' most admired role models jailed for life. (SAFRICA-PISTORIUS/ UPDATE 4, PIX), moved, by David Dolan, 825 words)

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Following franchise deadline drama

The first major deadline of the offseason is expected to hit with some drama this afternoon when all NFL teams must decide whether to designate one of their soon-to-be free-agent players with a franchise or transition tag. (FBN-NEWS/, moved; will be led, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Manning passes physical, cleared to play in 2014

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes his physical and is cleared to play in 2014. (FBN-BRONCOS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Redskins tag Orakpo

Absent a long-term deal to stay with the Washington Redskins, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is assigned the franchise tag. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Seahawks pass on tag, DE Bennett to free agency

Defensive end Michael Bennett is adamant about not giving the Seattle Seahawks a "Costco discount" in contract negotiations and general manager John Schneider last month dismissed the notion of using the franchise tag to retain the pass rusher. (FBN-SEAHAWKS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

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Colts will not tag CB Davis

Cornerback Vontae Davis will not be designated the franchise player of the Indianapolis Colts, but he could still return. (FBN-COLTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Dolphins, CB Grimes reach deal

Cornerback Brent Grimes signs a four-year contract to stay with the Miami Dolphins ahead of the deadline for franchise designations. (FBN-DOLPHINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Chargers, LB Butler finalize $48 million deal

Donald Butler inks a seven-year deal with the San Diego Chargers that could make him one of the highest-paid linebackers in the NFL. (FBN-CHARGERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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Draft: Top 250 rankings

The top prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft as ranked by NFLDraftScout.com. (FBN-DRAFT/, expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 1,500 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

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

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Bulls at Nets

BROOKLYN - Returning home from a seven-game road trip (4-3), the Brooklyn Nets welcome the Chicago Bulls, who are shooting for a season-high five-game winning streak. (BKN-NETS-BULLS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0030 GMT/7:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Pantorno, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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Grizzlies at Wizards

WASHINGTON - Washington (31-28) can attain a seven-game win streak for the first time since 2005 thanks to a recent scoring binge. (BKN-WIZARDS-GRIZZLIES-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0000 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Ben Standig, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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Lakers at Trail Blazers

PORTLAND - Los Angeles has won five of the past seven meetings including a 114-108 Trail Blazers win on Dec. 1, the only meeting of the season between the teams. (BKN-BLAZERS-LAKERS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0300 GMT/10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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NBA Wrap: Sizzling Heat seek an eighth consecutive victory

LeBron James and the NBA champion Miami Heat, who sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with a 42-14 record, shoot for an eighth straight win when they host the (27-31) Charlotte Bobcats in one of eight games on the NBA schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Notre Dame at North Carolina (14)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Tar Heels, up five spots in the AP poll, are riding an 11-game winning streak, earning a first-round bye in the ACC tournament, while Notre Dame is 1-8 on the road in the ACC. (BKN-NORTHCAROLINA-NOTREDAME-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0000 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Brandon Lloyd, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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GOLF

Inside the Ropes: Trump's new Doral to debut

Donald Trump claims the new TPC Blue Monster is better than the original. The field at what is now called Trump National Doral will be judge and jury of that statement this week in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship. (GLF-INSIDETHEROPES/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom Lamarre, 1,000 words)

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Golf glance

The week ahead in professional golf, including course information, TV listings and last year's result by tour event. (GLF-SCHEDULE/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom Lamarre, 1,000 words)

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Golf notebook: Stanford soph earns LPGA berth

Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford earns a spot in the Kia Classic on the LPGA Tour by claiming a two-stroke victory over Grace Na of Pepperdine in the UC Irvine Invitational at Santa Ana Country Club. (GLF-NOTEBOOK/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom Lamarre, 800 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Astros El gigante getting into game shape

Mexican first baseman Japhet Amador, a 300-pound slugger who is expected to compete for the Houston Astros' open first base job, is steadily working his way back into baseball shape after arriving late to camp last week. (BBO-ASTROS-NEWS/, expect by 1915 GMT/2:15 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Rangers reliever Ross in line for rotation spot

After making 123 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers over the last two seasons, left-hander Robbie Ross looks to win a spot in the starting rotation. (BBO-RANGERS-NEWS/, expect by 2345 GMT/6:45 PM ET The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Giants not dodging Dodgers talk

After winning two World Series titles in three years, the San Francisco Giants took a backseat to their Los Angeles rivals, who raced to the NL West championship. (BBO-GIANTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Sabres at Stars

DALLAS - Buffalo skates for the first time since dealing goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to St. Louis with Dallas expecting to see Jaroslav Halak in goal for the Sabres. (HKN-STARS-SABRES-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0100 GMT/8 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Canadiens at Kings

LOS ANGELES - The second meeting between sizzling Montreal and the Los Angeles Kings is the first of a four-game swing for the Canadiens, who have pushed to within six points of Boston in the Atlantic Division. (HKN-KINGS-CANADIENS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0330 GMT/10:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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NHL Wrap: Wild host the Flames, aim for fifth straight win

The (33-21-7) Minnesota Wild look to maintain their push for a playoff spot with a fifth straight win when they host the struggling Calgary Flames, who are 23-30-7 this season, in one of four games on the league schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, 800 words)

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AUTO RACING

NASCAR Monday

The latest news and notes from around the track one day after Kyle Busch's rain-shortened win at Phoenix. (CAR-NASCAR/, expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, NASCAR wire service special to The Sports Xchange, 400-500 words)

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TENNIS

Agassi would like to solve the Isner riddle

LONDON - Andre Agassi's eyes light up at the prospect of following the likes of Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker into coaching. "Coaching is a heavy responsibility," Agassi tells Reuters. "Somebody gets one chance at their career and they trust you with that. I love the problem-solving side of the game." (TENNIS-AGASSI/ (TV, INTERVIEW, moved, by Martyn Herman, 650 words)

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Agassi: IPTL a no-go if it clashes with Thanksgiving

LONDON - Andre Agassi will snub the inaugural International Premier Tennis League if it clashes with Thanksgiving, the former world No. 1 said the day after being signed up by the Singapore franchise. (TENNIS-IPTL/AGASSI (INTERVIEW, TV), moved, by Martyn Herman, 525 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0100 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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