Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 3:30 PM ET on Thursday, Mar. 23

Reuters

Mar. 23 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 3:30 PM ET on Thursday:

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NCAA Tournament regional semifinals

Coverage of the first four games in the Sweet 16 live from San Jose, Calif., and Kansas City, Mo., with games including top seeds Gonzaga and Kansas.

(BKC-GONZAGA-WESTVIRGINIA-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7:39 p.m. ET tipoff, 700 words, The Sports Xchange)

(BKC-ARIZONA-XAVIER- FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, Expect ASAP after 10:09 p.m. ET tipoff, 700 words, The Sports Xchange)

(BKC-OREGON-MICHIGAN- FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7:09 p.m. ET tipoff, 700 words, The Sports Xchange)

(BKC-KANSAS-PURDUE- FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 9:39 p.m. ET tipoff, 700 words, The Sports Xchange)

Next level: 10 best NBA prospects still playing

The NBA is calling several top players remaining in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Who are the top 10 pro prospects still playing?

(BKC-ANALYSIS-TOPPROSPECTS, expect by 7 p.m. ET, 900 words, The Sports Xchange, by James Dent)

Looking ahead to Friday’s regional semifinals

Wisconsin leans on experience vs. Florida (BKC=WISCONSIN-FLORIDA-PREVIEW moved, 588 words, The Sports Xchange)

Top-seeded UNC ready for Butler (BKC-BUTLER-NCAROLINA -PREVIEW moved, 532 words, The Sports Xchange)

Calipari, Kentucky: Only complete game beats UCLA (BKC-UCLA-KENTUCKY-PREVIEW, moved, 572 words, The Sports Xchange)

Baylor relieved to see S. Carolina in semifinals (BKC-BAYLOR-SCAROLINA-PREVIEW, moved, 601 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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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kinsler clarifies Latin America comments

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler clarified comments about Latin American baseball players showing passion and emotion “a different way.”. (BBO-TIGERS-NEWS-KINSLER, moved, The Sports Xchange, 344 words)

Mid-spring snapshot: Spring surprises for all 30 teams

A look at the biggest surprises of spring training for each team, as determined by The Sports Xchange's national network of baseball correspondents. (BBO-ANALYSIS-SPRING-SURPRISES, moved, The Sports Xchange, 2,800 words)

Mid-spring snapshot: Farm report for all 30 teams

As spring training begins to wind down, teams are finalizing their assessments of their top prospects. Many youngsters are headed back to the minors for further seasoning, while some will crack Opening Day rosters. (BBO-ANALYSIS-SPRING-FARMREPORT, moved, The Sports Xchange, 2,300 words)

Cubs’ Epstein named world’s greatest leader

Theo Epstein was tabbed World's Greatest Leader by Fortune magazine, which published its annual list on Thursday morning. (BBO-CUBS-NEWS-EPSTEIN, moved, The Sports Xchange, 341 words)

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 spring training games Thursday. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Pro day tracker: Snap reaction to Kizer’s throwing session

NFLDraftScout.com coverage of pro day workouts with several marquee programs and prospects on the field, including Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. (FBN-DRAFT-PRODAYROUNDUP, expect by 8:15 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Rob Rang, 650 words)

MILLER: Raiders up next in Goodell's All The Wrong Moves series

NFL owners will discuss a pitch next week followed by a decision whether to allow the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. That this is even a matter of discussion is another indication of the failed leadership of Roger Goodell, the league's commissioner. (FBN-RAIDERS-NEWS-COLUMN-RELOCATERAIDERS, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Ira Miller, 935 words)

Report: Saints’ Payton kicked tires on Manziel

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Johnny Manziel were discussing a return to the league for the embattled quarterback during last month's Super Bowl, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday. (FBN-SAINTS-NEWS-MANZIEL-PAYTON, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

Packers TE Bennett blasts NFL celebration training

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett to exception to the NFL’s plan to explain the dos and don’ts of touchdown celebrations in a league-produced video. (FBN-PACKERS-NEWS-BENNETT-TDVIDEO, The Sports Xchange, 538 words)

Kosar addresses insensitive Dwight Clark comment

Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar wrote on Twitter that he meant "no disrespect" to Dwight Clark after making a comment on Cleveland radio about the ex-tight end's ALS diagnosis. (FBN-NEWS-KOSAR-CLARK, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

NFL notebook

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

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Thursday schedule:

Phoenix at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Miami 7:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Dallas 8:30 p.m.

Memphis at San Antonio 8:30 p.m.

New York at Portland 10:00 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

THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NHL games. Thursday schedule:

Columbus at Washington 7:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Boston 7:00 p.m.

Carolina at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Florida 7:30 p.m.

New Jersey at Toronto 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at St. Louis 8:00 p.m.

Philadelphia at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.

Calgary at Nashville 8:00 p.m.

Dallas at Chicago 8:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Colorado 9:00 p.m.

Winnipeg at Los Angeles 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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AUTO RACING

NASCAR’s encumbered finishes no deterrent

The teams of Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick suffered losses of points, fines and crew chief suspensions after the Phoenix race. NASCAR has designated their finishes encumbered.

(CAR-COLUMN-FINISHLINE, expect by 4 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Jonathan Ingram, 950 words)

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GOLF

PGA Tour: WGC-Dell Match Play, Austin (to 26)

McIlroy, Spieth try to rebound from opening loses

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth try to recover from opening-round losses when they face Gary Woodland and Japan’s Yuta Ikeda, respectively, while world number one Dustin Johnson faces German Martin Kaymer in round two action at the Austin Country Club. (GOLF-MATCHPLAY/ (TV), expect by 0030 GMT/8:30 PM ET, 400 words)

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open (to 26)

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell will try to take advantage of a weaker field in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Open and get back to his winning ways at Coco Beach in Rio Grande where world number 73 Wesley Bryan is the top-ranked player in the field. (GOLF-PUERTORICO/, expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, 200 words)

Ko begins title defense at Kia

Lydia Ko, the world's top-ranked women's professional golfer, is set to defend her title as the LPGA Tour heads to Carlsbad, Calif., for the eighth edition of the Kia Classic. (GLF-LPGA-RECAP-KIA, expect by 8 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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