Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule for Saturday, April 1


April 1 - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (all times ET):

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Final Four: South Carolina battles Gonzaga

GLENDALE, Ariz. – For the first time ever, South Carolina, the underdog No. 7 seed in the power-packed East region, and No. 1 Gonzaga are in the Final Four (BKC-SOUTHCAROLINA-GONZAGA-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, 700 words, ASAP after 6:09 p.m. tipoff, by Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange)

Final Four: Oregon, North Carolina fight for title shot

GLENDALE, Ariz. – North Carolina and Oregon square off for a chance to play in Monday’s national championship game in Saturday’s grand finale at the Final Four. (BKC-NORTHCAROLINA-OREGON-LEDE-WRITETHRU, 700 words, ASAP after 8:50 p.m. tipoff, 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)


Newton, Panthers looking to regain confidence

-- The calendar may say 2017, but the effects of 2016 are still hanging over the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Cam Newton on Thursday underwent surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff, and next week he'll begin a four-month rehab process. If all goes well, Newton will be full-go at the start of training camp, but the 2015 NFL MVP needs to mend more than just his throwing arm. (FBN-RAVENS-NEWS-HARBAUGH, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Howard Balzer, 600 words)

Pro Day roundup: Scouts check out Mahomes

-- The final day of March held several noteworthy Pro Day workouts, with NFL scouts evaluating ascending prospects at Texas Tech, Tennessee and West Virginia, among others. The big draw in Lubbock, of course, was projected first-round quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who continues to earn rave reviews for his raw talent and the improvement that he has shown in his footwork since the end of last season. (FBN-DRAFT-PRODAYNOTEBOOK, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

Eagles adding offensive weapons around Wentz

- The Philadelphia Eagles entered free agency with a lot of positional needs and not much cap space. But they've done a pretty good loaves-to-fishes job of addressing those needs pre-draft without gutting the rest of the roster. (FBN-EAGLES-NEWS-WENTZ, moved, The Sports Xchange, 655 words)

Brady receives $14 million bonus

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was set to receive a $14 million deferred signing bonus on Friday as part of the contract extension he signed in 2016. Brady's deal called for a signing bonus of $28 million, split into two $14 million payments. He received the first installment when he signed the extension. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS-BRADY, moved, The Sports Xchange, 395 words)

NFL notebook

-- News and notes from around the NFL. (FBN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)


2017 Season Previews

-- The Sports Xchange has moved 2017 previews for all 30 teams. Uzse this Search slug convention: BBO-CUBS-ANALYSIS-SEASONPREVIEW

Blue Jays, Gibbons agree to new deal

-- John Gibbons and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a contract extension (BBO-BLUEJAYS-NEWS-GIBBONS, moved, 300 words)

MLB notebook

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

MLB roundup

-- Capsule recaps of spring training games Saturday. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m., by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)


THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Saturday schedule (all times ET):

L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Chicago 5 p.m.

Orlando at Brooklyn 6 p.m.

Sacramento at Minnesota 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Portland 10 p.m.

NBA notebook

-- News and notes from around the NBA. (BKN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7:30 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 375 words)


THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NHL games. Saturday schedule (all times ET):

Columbus at Carolina 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia 7 p.m.

Dallas at Boston 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

Florida at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Winnipeg 8 p.m.

Toronto at Nashville 8 p.m.

Ottawa at Minnesota 8 p.m.

San Jose at Edmonton 9 p.m.

NHL notebook

-- News and notes from around the league. (HKN-NOTEBOOK, expect first version by 9:45 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 375 words)


Woods not ready for Masters

-- Tiger Woods continues to be limited physically and he announced his game is not ready for Augusta National and the 2017 Masters next week (GLF-PGA-NEWS-WOODS-MASTERS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

Fowler, Bradley bolt ahead at Shell Houston Open

HUMBLE, Texas – Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley surged to the front of the pack early in the first round of the Shell Houston Open. (GLF-PGA-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Steve Habel, 800 words)

Pettersen playing with one shot lead at LPGA ANA Inspiration

-- Suzann Pettersen of Norway finished two rounds of the ANA Inspiration with a one-shot lead on Friday in Rancho Mirage, Calif (GLF-LPGA-RECAP-ANAINSPIRATION, expect by 9:30 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 350 words)


Wozniacki battles Konta in women’s final in Miami

-- Dane Caroline Wozniacki, the 12th seed, battles 10-seeded Briton Johanna Konta in the women’s final of the Miami Open. (TENNIS-MIAMI/WOMEN (TV), expect by 6 p.m., 400 words)


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, expect by 7 p.m., The Sports Xchange, by Jonathan Ingram, 850 words)


Olympic champion Hanyu dethrones Fernandez to win world figure skating title

HELSINKI - Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu ended Javier Fernandez's two year-reign as world champion by producing a dazzling free skate to win the men's title at the world figure skating championships on Saturday (FIGURESKATING-WORLD/MEN (PIX), moved at 8:14 a.m., 370 words)

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