March 25 - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday (all times ET):
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NCAA Tournament: Men's Regional Finals
-- Two spots in the Final Four will be decided in regional finals in the West and Midwest. No. 11 seed Xavier takes on top seed Gonzaga in San Jose, Calif., and third-seeded Oregon tackles No. 1 Kansas in Kansas City.
Gonzaga vs Xavier (BKC-GONZAGA-XAVIER-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, 750 words, The Sports Xchange, by Jack Magruder)
Kansas vs Oregon (BKC-KANSAS-OREGON-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, 750 words, The Sports Xchange, by David Smale)
Women’s NCAA Tournament. Saturday's games:
Oregon vs Maryland, 11:36 a.m.
UCLA vs Connecticut, 1:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac vs. South Carolina, 4:06 p.m.
Florida State vs Oregon Stsate, 6 p.m.
College basketball notebook
-- News and notes around college basketball. (BKC-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange)
-- News and notes from around the league (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
-- Capsule recaps of spring training games Saturday (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Adrian Peterson willing to take less money for right fit
-- Adrian Peterson is reportedly asking for a premium price on the open market, and teams are not willing to meet it (FBN-PETERSON-VIKINGS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
Decision in the Desert: Raiders to Las Vegas?
-- A peek ahead at the momentous decision in Arizona this week, where a third NFL team – the Oakland Raiders – in 15 months could be approved for relocation. (FBN-RAIDERS-NEWS-SPRINGMEETING, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Howard Balzer, 775 words)
Oakland submits revised stadium plan
-- The City of Oakland submitted a revised stadium proposal in an effort to keep the Raiders from a move to Las Vegas. (FBN-RAIDERS-NEWS-OAKLAND-STADIUM, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
-- News and notes from around the NFL (FBN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Knicks' Joakim Noah suspended for 20 games on drug violation
NEW YORK - New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been suspended for 20 games for violating the National Basketball Association's anti-drug policy, the league confirmed on Saturday (BASKETBALL-NBA/NOAH-BAN (UPDATE 1), moved at 11:25 a.m., 200 words)
THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Saturday schedule::
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
New York at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Portland, 10 p.m.
-- 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:
Vancouver at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Philadelphia at Columbus, 2 p.m.
Calgary at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Carolina at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Florida, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Edmonton, 10 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles, 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)
XFINITY Series at California
-- Coverage of Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway (CAR-XFINITY-RECAP, expect by 4 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, special from NASCAR Wire Service, 400 words)
Mickelson surges into weekend
AUSTIN, Texas - Phil Mickelson became the first golfer to play his way into the round of 16 when he rolled past the wayward-hitting J.B. Holmes by a score of 6 and 5 on Friday in the early wave of the third round of pool play in the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. (GLF-PGA-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU-MATCHPLAY, expect by 6 p.m., The Sports Xchange, by Steve Habel, 800 words)
DeChambeau, Points tied atop Puerto Rico leader board
-- Bryson DeChambeau and D.A. Points finished the suspended second round of the Puerto Rico Open tied at the top of the leaderboard on Friday in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. (GLF-PGA-RECAP-PUERTORICO, expect by 9 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 200 words)
No Ko: Who takes Kia?
-- Top-ranked LPGA golfer Lydia Ko missed the cut at the Kia Classic at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., leaving a wide-open field. (GLF-LPGA-RECAP-KIA, expect by 8 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)
ATP/WTA: Miami Open
Federer and Wawrinka finally take to the court
-- Top seed Stan Wawrinka kicks off action on the main Stadium Court with a morning second-round match against Argentine Horacio Zeballos, while Roger Federer, fresh off his victory at Indian Wells on Sunday, returns to the court against American qualifier Frances Tiafoe (TENNIS-MIAMI/MEN (TV), expect by 5 p.m., 400 words)
Pliskova takes on Putintseva
-- Second seed Karolina Pliskova faces Yulia Putintseva in a third-round match, while giant killer Ajla Tomljanovic, fresh off defeating Indian Wells champion Elena Vesnina, takes on Lucie Safarova. (TENNIS-MIAMI/WOMEN (TV), expect by 11 p.m., 400 words)
Valverde defends lead in final stage
BARCELONA - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde defends his 53-second lead over compatriot Alberto Contador on the final stage. (CYCLING-CATALONIA/, expect by 4 p.m., 200 words)
TRACK AND FIELD
World cross country championships
KAMPALA - Kenya and their east African middle and long-distance running rivals, Ethiopia, will come face-to-face again at the 42nd worls championships in the Ugandan capital Kampala. (ATHLETICS-WORLD/CROSSCOUNTRY (PIX), expect by 4 p.m., 300 words)