Apr. 3 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Monday:
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Tar Heels battle Bulldogs for title
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels face the Gonzaga University Bulldogs in the championship game of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. (BASKETBALL-NCAA/, expect by 1 AM ET, 350 words)
Breaking down the story within the story
GLENDALE, Ariz. – TSX college basketball writer Anthony Gimino breaks down the story behind the story of Monday’s championship game. (BKC-NORTHCAROLINA-GONZAGA-ANALYSIS, 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 FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Peterson visits Patriots
Free agent running back Adrian Peterson visited the New England Patriots on Monday. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS-PETERSON moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
Patriots signed off on Gronk WrestleMania cameo
Recovered from season-ending back surgery, tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared in a wrestling ring Sunday night at WWE Wrestlemania. The Patriots signed off on the cameo, per reports. FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS-GRONKOWSKI, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 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
OPENING DAY 2017
Syndergaard, Mets host Braves
NEW YORK – Flamethrowing right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets open the 2017 season against the Atlanta Braves at CitiBank Field. (BBO-METS-BRAVES-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 1:10 p.m. ET game, by Jerry Beach, 700 words)
Red Sox host Cole, Pirates
BOSTON – Minus mainstay David Ortiz, now retired, the Boston Red Sox roll out ace left-hander Chris Sale against Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park in the 2017 season opener for both teams. (BBO-REDSOX-PIRATES-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 2:05 p.m. ET game, by Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)
Kershaw leads Dodgers against Padres
LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are back after a run to the National League Championship Series in 2017 and open against NL West rival San Diego. (BBO-DODGERS-PADRES-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 4 p.m. ET game, by Forrest Lee, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)
The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Monday schedule:
Miami at Washington 1:05 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets 1:10 p.m
Pittsburgh at Boston 2:05 p.m.
Colorado at Milwaukee 2:10 p.m.
Toronto at Baltimore 3:05 p.m.
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers 4:10 p.m.
Detroit at Chi. White Sox 4:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Minnesota 4:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Cincinnati 4:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Texas 7:05 p.m.
Seattle at Houston 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Oakland 10:05 p.m.
News and notes from around the league. (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Capsule recaps of Sunday’s games. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Monday schedule:
Portland at Minnesota 7:00 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. Monday schedule:
Toronto at Buffalo 7:00 p.m.
Ottawa at Detroit 7:00 p.m.
Montreal at Florida 7:30 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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Fowler and Rahm discuss Masters preparations
American Rickie Fowler and Spaniard Jon Rahm are among those scheduled to hold news conferences to discuss their final preparations ahead of this week’s U.S. Masters at Augusta National. (GOLF-MASTERS/ (PIX, TV), expect by 3 PM ET, by Steve Keating, Ed Osmond, Frank Pingue and Rory Carroll, 400 words)
Spieth ready to bury 2016 Masters meltdown
Jordan Spieth can't wait for this week's Masters -- to be over, that is. Spieth, who melted down in his title defense last year by squandering a five-stroke lead on the back nine at Augusta National in the final round, is weary of having to talk about it. (GLF-PGA-INSIDETHEROPES-MASTERS-SPIETH, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom LaMarre, 800 words)
Day uncertain for Masters
Jason Day showed up at Augusta National late last week to begin on-site preparation for the Masters, but he said he is not yet certain he will play. Day, an Australian who is ranked third in the world, said his chances to tee it up in the first major of the season depend on his mother's progress following recent cancer surgery. (GLF-PGA-NOTEBOOK-DAYLIWOODLAND, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom LaMarre, 800 words)