Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 3:30 PM ET on Friday, Mar. 31


Mar. 31 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 3:30 PM ET on Friday:

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Dolphins sign suspended McDonald

The Miami Dolphins signed free agent safety T.J. McDonald on Friday despite an eight-game suspension to start the 2017 season. (FBN-DOLPHINS-MCDONALD, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

Brady receives $14 million deferred signing-bonus payment

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received a $14 million deferred signing-bonus payment stemming from a contract extension he signed with the team last offseason. (FBN-PATRIOTS-BRADY, expect by 3 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 200 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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Rangers guarantee Odor $49.5 million -- and two horses

Rougned Odor agreed to a six-year extension with the Texas Rangers, and the second baseman's new contract also includes two horses. He signed a deal that reportedly guarantees him at least $49.5 million and contains a club option for 2023. (BBO-RANGERS-ODOR, moved, The Sports Xchange, 325 words)

Brewers' Garza (groin) lands on DL

The Milwaukee Brewers placed right-hander Matt Garza on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained right groin. (BBO-BREWERS-GARZA, moved The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

2017 Season Previews

The Sports Xchange moved 2017 previews for all 30 teams.


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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Role reversal: Gonzaga to face underdog South Carolina

Gonzaga, often cast as the gutty underdog, finally finished the climb to its first Final Four, doing so as a No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs' reward: playing a gutty underdog. (BKC-SOUTHCAROLINA-GONZAGA-PREVIEW, moved 700 words, by Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange)

Surprising Oregon faces old-school UNC in Final Four

The Ducks, playing in their first Final Four since winning the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939, are short on size, which could come into play against dominant rebounding North Carolina. (BKC-NORTHCAROLINA-OREGON-PREVIEW, moved, 700 words, by Anthony Gimino,The Sports Xchange)

-- Note: Final Four workout notebook expected by 7 p.m. ET

Miss. State prepares best shot for UConn

DALLAS --The UConn Huskies (36-0), who are making their 10th consecutive Final Four appearance, face Mississippi State (33-4) in the second game of a semifinal doubleheader on Friday night at American Airlines Center. (BKW-CONNECTICUT-MISSISSIPPISTATE-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 9:30 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange)

South Carolina faces Stanford

DALLAS -- South Carolina (31-4) faces Stanford (32-5) in the first national semifinal game. (BKW-SOUTHCAROLINA-STANFORD-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7:30 p.m. ET game, 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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THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games

Friday schedule:

Pacers at Raptors, 7:00

Nuggets at Hornets 7:00

76ers at Cavaliers, 7:30

Magic at Celtics, 7:30

Pistons at Bucks, 8:00

Mavericks at Grizzlies, 8:00

Kings at Pelicans, 8:00

Knicks at Heat, 8:00

Spurs at Thunder 8:00

Wizards at Jazz, 9:00

Rockets at Warriors, 10:30

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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Devils' all-time scoring leader Elias retires

Forward Patrik Elias, a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the New Jersey Devils, announced Friday he is retiring after 20 seasons in the NHL, all for the same team (HKN-DEVILS-ELIAS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words).

THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NHL games.

Friday schedule:

Penguins at Rangers, 7:00

Devils at Islanders, 7:30

Blue Jackeets at Blackhawks, 8:30

Blues at Avalanche, 9:00

Sharks at Flames, 9:00

Kings at Canucks, 10:00

Capitals at Coyotes, 10:00

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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PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open (to 2)

Fowler leads by one stroke

Rickie Fowler takes a one-shot lead over South Korea’s Kang Sung-hoon into the second round at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, site of the final tune-up event ahead of next week’s Masters. (GOLF-HOUSTON/, expect by 8 PM ET, 400 words)

LPGA: ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage (to 2)

First-round play resumes with Icher in front

Players return to the course to finish their opening rounds after high winds suspended play at the LPGA’s first major of the year with about half the field still out of the course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. (GOLF-WOMEN-INSPIRATION/, expect by 10:30 PM ET, 400 words)

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Gibbs Team Struggles to Regain Winning Form

Last year Joe Gibbs Racing came within a few laps of winning the driver's championship in NASCAR's premier Cup series. This year, the team is still looking for its first victory after five races. Sunday's visit to NASCAR's oldest track in Martinsville, Va. could provide the antidote. (CAR-NASCAR-COLUMN, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Jonathan Ingram, 850 words)

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ATP/WTA: Miami Open (to 2)

Federer, Nadal eye berths in Miami final

Swiss fourth seed Roger Federer and Spanish fifth seed Rafa Nadal, who battles unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini, head into their respective Miami Open semi-finals needing a win each to set up a rematch of their Australian Open final. (TENNIS-MIAMI/MEN (TV), expect by 4:30 PM ET, 400 words)

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