Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Wednesday, April 30


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

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

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NBA moves to expel Clippers owner for racist remarks

NEW YORK - Now that the NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from pro basketball for life over racist comments, it's up to fellow team owners to back an unprecedented move to force a sale of his franchise. Left uncertain, however, is whether the other owners will take that step. (NBA-CLIPPERS/(UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), Expect by 1830 GMT/2:30 PM Et, by Larry Fine, 700 words)

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Former lawyer Sterling not likely to sell willingly

Donald Sterling, an attorney who knows his way around a courtroom, says his franchise is not for sale. (BKN-CLIPPERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 325 words)

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Oprah, Magic, Mayweather voice interest in buying Clips

Count Oprah Winfrey and boxing mogul Floyd Mayweather Jr. among those interested in bidding for the Los Angeles Clippers. (BKN-CLIPPERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Adidas reinstates Clippers deal

BERLIN - German sportswear firm Adidas reinstates its partnership with the Los Angeles Clippers after the NBA banned its owner Donald Sterling from the game for life for racist comments. (NBA-CLIPPERS/ADIDAS, moved, 200 words)

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Mavericks at Spurs

SAN ANTONIO - Tied at two games apiece, the Western Conference playoff series shifts to San Antonio where the Spurs and Tony Parker are looking for their first edge in the series since the opener. (BKN-SPURS-MAVERICKS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2300 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Mark Rosner, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Nets at Raptors

TORONTO - Brooklyn and Atlantic Division rival Toronto continue their struggle in the best-of-seven series at Rogers Centre for the fifth game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. (BKN-RAPTORS-NETS-FIRSTLEDE- WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Larry Millson, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Blazers at Rockets

HOUSTON - Elimination game time arrives early at Toyota Center, with visiting Portland leading the Houston Rockets 3-1 in their best-of-seven playoff series. (BKN-ROCKETS-BLAZERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0130 GMT/9:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by MK Bower, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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NBA Wrap: Rockets fighting to keep season alive

The Houston Rockets try to avoid playoff elimination at home versus the Portland Trail Blazers. The San Antonio Spurs host the Dallas Mavericks while the Brooklyn Nets visit the Toronto Raptors in a pair of best-of-seven first-round series tied at 2-2. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

See also: Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford wins the NBA's Sixth Man Award for the second time in his career, reports. (BKN-CLIPPERS-NEWS/)

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The NBA schedule at a glance:

Dallas at San Antonio, 7 PM ET

Brooklyn at Toronto, 7:30 PM ET

Portland at Houston, 9:30 PM ET

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Sports still navigating murky undercurrent of racism

An aging billionaire owner of a National Basketball Association team and a young supporter of a Spanish soccer club remind the sporting world that racism knows no borders, both handed lifetime bans for their bigotry. (SPORT-RACISM/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 800 words)

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Big Board: Indiana WR Latimer climbs ranks the top 100 prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, and one week after medical evaluations took place in Indianapolis, there is considerable shuffling. (FBN-DRAFT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 1,500 words)

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Patriots kick tires on TE Keller

Former Jets and Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller visits the New England Patriots, who are looking for a second fiddle behind tight end Rob Gronkowski. Both players are recovering from a torn ACL. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Rose and McIlroy headline strong field at Quail Hollow

U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, 2010 winner Rory McIlroy and holder Derek Ernst, who won last year's title as a rookie after a sudden-death playoff, are in a strong field for this week's Wells Fargo Championship. We preview the PGA Tour event held annually at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. (GOLF-PGA/ (PREVIEW), 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 350 words)

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European Tour subsidizes late switch, Asia not as generous

SINGAPORE - The European Tour has picked up any costs its members incurred after the late decision to move this week's tournament from South Korea to Singapore but Asian Tour golfers at the co-sanctioned event are not being offered similar reimbursements. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/ASIA, moved, by Patrick Johnston, 625 words)

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

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Reds' Chapman opens eyes in bullpen session

CINCINNATI - Reds outfielder Roger Bernadina gets a first-hand look at how close Aroldis Chapman is to returning to a big-league mound as he flails at a couple of fastballs from the left-handed closer during a live batting practice session. (BBO-REDS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Jeff Wallner, 325 words)

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Diamondbacks expect Bradley back soon

PHOENIX - Top pitching prospect Archie Bradley might be back on the mound in a month after tests find no structural damage to his ailing elbow. (BBO-DIAMONDBACKS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 325 words)

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Yanks' Pineda hits pine with muscle strain

NEW YORK - Right-hander Michael Pineda will miss at least three weeks with a strained back muscle. (BBO-YANKEES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Angels closer Smith adjusting to new role

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Right-hander Joe Smith settles into his new role as the Los Angeles Angels' closer. (BBO-ANGELS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Haakenson, 300 words)

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Mariners at Yankees

NEW YORK - Rookie Roenis Elias replaces Chris Young in the Seattle Mariners' rotation and squares off against another sub starter, David Phelps (in for Michael Pineda) at Yankee Stadium. (BBO-YANKEES-MARINERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2305 GMT/7:05 PM ET game ends, The Sports Xchange, by Larry Fleisher, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Brewers at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - Matt Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers can tie a MLB record with 21 victories in the month of April in a matinee at Busch Stadium. (BBO-BREWERS-CARDINALS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 1740 GMT/1:40 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by James Dent, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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MLB Wrap: Tigers' Scherzer on the mound vs. White Sox

Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers against the host Chicago White Sox in one of 15 games on the MLB schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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The full MLB schedule:

American League

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 PM ET

Cleveland at Los Angeles Angels, 7:05 PM ET

Seattle at New York Yankees, 7:05 PM ET

Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 PM ET

Oakland at Texas, 8:05 PM ET

Toronto at Kansas City, 8:10 PM ET

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National League

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 1:45 PM ET

New York Mets at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM ET

Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 PM ET

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM ET

Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 PM ET

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 PM ET

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Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 7:05 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers at Minnesota, 8:10 PM ET

Washington at Houston, 8:10 PM ET

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*The Sports Xchange covers all Stanley Cup Playoff games. Key matchups highlighted below.

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Flyers at Rangers

NEW YORK - The New York Rangers could not dismiss the Philadelphia Flyers in previous chances, setting up a Game 7 in the first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Madison Square Garden. (HKN-RANGERS-FLYERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after 2300 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Everett Merrill, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Wild at Avalanche

DENVER - Colorado, undefeated at home this postseason, gets one final chance on its own ice to bounce the Minnesota Wild from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 7 of the first-round series. (HKN-AVALANCHE-WILD-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0130 GMT/9:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Kings at Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Los Angeles looks to complete a rally from down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series but the San Jose Sharks hold home-ice advantage in the Game 7 finale. (HKN-SHARKS-KINGS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0230 GMT/10:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Jagr, Malhotra, Moore finalists for Masterton Trophy

Jaromir Jagr and Dominic Moore are named finalists for the Masterton Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies "the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." (HKN-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 290 words)

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NHL Wrap: Two Game Seven playoff showdowns take spotlight

The Colorado Avalanche host the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings visit the San Jose Sharks in a pair of win-or-go-home Game Seven showdowns. The New York Rangers will try to eliminate the visiting Philadelphia Flyers from the playoffs in the night's other game. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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The NHL schedule at a glance:

Philadelphia at New York Rangers, 7:30 PM ET

Minnesota at Colorado, 9:30 PM ET

Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 PM ET

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World Cup tourists face sky-high prices in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO - Tourists visiting Brazil for the World Cup are advised to pack a bathing suit, sunscreen, and a whole lot of cash. (BRAZIL-WORLDCUP/PRICES (PIX), moved, by Walter Brandimarte, 825 words)

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Montoya resumes NASCAR career with two-race schedule

Juan Pablo Montoya is set to make a two-race return to NASCAR during the summer with Team Penske, the same team he drives for in IndyCar. (CAR-NEWS/, moved, NASCAR Wire Service special to The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Driver capsules

Car-by-car previews of the weekend ahead at Talladega. (CAR-DRIVERCAPSULES/, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 300 words per driver)

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Kentucky Derby post positions

The all-important post position draw for Saturday's 140th Kentucky Derby takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville. (HORSERACING-KENTUCKY/DRAW, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, 500 words)

Note: Pictures have moved from early morning workouts.

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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