April 14 - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:30 p.m. on Good Friday (all times ET):
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GOING DEEP: NFL draft series
-- The final eight teams in a of a four-part series on all 32 teams: Going Deep identifies needs and wants remaining after free agency and entering the 2017 draft. Thursday focuses on NFC West and AFC West teams, including what the San Francisco 49ers can do with the second overall pick to begin a franchise turnaround. (FBN-49ERS-ANALYSIS-49ersDRAFT, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Frank Cooney, 1,200 words)
Ref czar Blandino resigns
-- NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino resigned to explore other opportunities and is expected to land in television, following the path of FOX Sports officiating guru Mike Pereira. (FBN-NEWS-BLANDINO, moved, The Sports Xchange, 330 words)
Giants stand behind Manning in memorabilia case
-- Eli Manning is taking a big hit following the release of an email that the New York Giants quarterback allegedly was involved in a fake sports memorabilia scheme. (FBN-GIANTS-NEWS-MANNING, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Marlins switch starters after marathon loss to Mets
MIAMI -- The Thursday night game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins spilled over into early Friday, and the marathon contest will impact the teams' Friday rematch. (BBO-MARLINS-METS-PREVIEW, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Walter Villa, 530 words)
-- News and notes from around the league. (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
-- Capsule recaps of Friday’s games. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
MVP candidates square off as NBA playoffs get under way
-- One of the fiercest MVP debates basketball has seen in years will add another chapter when the NBA Playoffs open this weekend with award frontrunners Russell Westbrook and James Harden meeting face to face (BASKETBALL-NBA/PLAYOFFS (PREVIEW, PIX), expect by 4 p.m., 500 words)
Playoff primer: Warriors welcome challengers
-- Golden State is not the defending champ – hello, Cleveland – but the Warriors are peaking at the right time and appear to be the favorites to win the title. (BKN-ANALYSIS- PLAYOFF-CAPSULES, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Kerry Eggers, 900 words)
Previewing the NBA playoffs: Previews of all Saturday games will move Friday evening
(BKN-CAVALIERS-PACERS-PREVIEW, expect by 8 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 550 words)
-- News and notes from around the NBA (BKN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
Wild attempting to solve Allen, Blues
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - While steadfastly refusing to reveal his team's lineup prior to game day, per normal practice, St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo joked that goalie Jake Allen might get the start for his team in Game 2 of Friday's first-round playoff series at the Minnesota Wild (HKN-BLUES-WILD-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after game ends, The Sports Xchange, by Jess Myers, 800 words)
TSX Stanley Cup playoff coverage Friday:
Columbus at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Montreal 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota 8 p.m.
San Jose at Edmonton 10:30 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)
Kim, Jutanugarn hold clubhouse lead in Lotte Championship
-- South Korea's In-Kyung Kim beat the rain and darkness, shooting the best round of the day Thursday to grab a share of the lead after 36 holes of the Lotte Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii. (GLF-LPGA-FIRSTLEDE- LOTTE, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Cauley tries to make 63 stick at Hilton Head PGA
-- American Bud Cauley carded a first-round 63 to take an early lead at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC. Cauley recorded four birdies on the front nine and four more on the back without a bogey en route to an 8-under par, two shots ahead of England's Luke Donald, Canada's Graham DeLaet and American Sam Saunders. Six others sit three shots off the pace at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. (GLF-PGA-FIRSTLEDE-RBC, expect by 7:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 575 words)
Dustin Johnson plans May return
-- Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1-ranked golfer who missed the Masters because of a back injury, will return to action at the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, N.C., May 4-7. (GLF-PGA-NEWS-JOHNSON, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
The Sports Xchange covers all MLS games. Friday schedule:
NYCFC at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Seattle at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Dallas at San Jose 11 p.m.