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BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
March 10, 2018 Updated: March 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm

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NEW YORK — No 12 North Carolina plays No. 1 Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title a day after escaping against Duke in a tense finish. This is a rematch of the 2016 ACC championship, won by North Carolina. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.


NEW YORK — After one of the greatest comebacks in Big East Tournament history, Providence goes for an NCAA spot when it plays No. 2 Villanova in the final. The Friars rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to jolt No. 3 Xavier in the semifinals. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m.


PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Tiger Woods is two shots behind Corey Conners of Canada going into the third round of the Valspar Championships. Woods is playing in his fourth PGA Tour event in seven weeks. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.



VAIL, Colo. — It has been three weeks since 17-year-old Chloe Kim transformed herself from snowboard sensation to full-fledged celebrity. She never realized what a big deal her victory would be, and she's not really sure what to make of it. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 800 words, photos.




UConn fires coach Kevin Ollie for just cause, with the team under NCAA investigation and the Huskies having completed their second straight losing season. Ollie, whose team won the national title in 2014, was in the second year of a five-year contract. By Pat-Eaton Robb. SENT: 450 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No. 9 Kansas plays No. 18 West Virginia for the Big 12 Tournament title in a rematch of the 2016 game won by the Jayhawks. Kansas advanced with an easy semifinal win over Kansas State while the Mountaineers held off Texas Tech. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.


LAS VEGAS — No. 15 Arizona defends its Pac-12 Tournament title against USC in the fifth straight title matchup between the top two seeds. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

— Other Conference Finals (NCAA berths):

— America East — UMBC 65, Vermont 62 (11 a.m.)

— Mid-Eastern Athletic — Hampton vs. N.C. Central (1 p.m.)

— Southwestern Athletic — Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Texas Southern (5 p.m.)

— Mountain West — San Diego State vs. New Mexico (6 p.m.)

— Mid-American — Buffalo vs. Toledo (7 p.m.)

— Big Sky — Montana vs. Eastern Washington (8:05 p.m.)

— Conference USA — Marshall vs. Western Kentucky (8:30 p.m.)

— Southland — Southeastern Louisiana vs. Stephen F. Austin (9 p.m.)

— Western Athletic — Grand Canyon vs. New Mexico State (10 p.m.)

— Big West — Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Irvine (11:30 p.m.)

— Also:

— BKC--MISSOURI-BARNETT ARREST — Top Missouri forward Jordan Barnett arrested on suspicion of DWI. SENT: 150 words.


Conference Finals (NCAA berths):

— Mid-American — Central Michigan 96, Buffalo 91 (11 a.m.)

— Colonial Athletic — Drexel vs. Elon (1 p.m.)

— Southwestern Athletic — Southern vs. Grambling State (1:30 p.m.)

— Big Sky — Northern Colorado vs. Idaho (3:05 p.m.)

— Mid-Eastern Athletic — N.C. A&T vs. Hampton (3:30 p.m.)

— Western Athletic — CSU Bakersfield vs. Seattle (5 p.m.)

— Conference USA — UAB vs. Western Kentucky (5:30 p.m.)

— Big West — UC Davis vs. CS Northridge (7 p.m.)



DALLAS — With their losing streak at 16, the Grizzlies play the Mavericks in a game between two of the NBA's worst. Dallas has dropped seven of 10. The Grizzlies have the longest losing streak in the history of pro basketball in Memphis, dating to the ABA's Memphis Tams. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.



BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights play the Buffalo Sabres and have a chance to win their 20th road game. That would be the league record by an NHL team in its inaugural season. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.


AUSTIN, Texas — Fresh off an Olympics in South Korea that the NHL skipped, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly is on a panel discussion at the SXSW Conference on the league's efforts to grow the game in China, site of the next Winter Games. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Heading into the home stretch of spring training, the Diamondbacks face some significant decisions. Who is the closer? How to sort out that crowded middle infield? By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Early roundup from Florida games at 9 p.m.; update with Arizona games at midnight.

— Reports from other spring camps.



INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Serena and Venus Williams play back-to-back matches at the BNP Paribas Open, with Roger Federer and Sloane Stephens also in action. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by midnight.



ARCADIA, Calif. — Top Kentucky Derby prospects Bolt d'Oro and McKinzie lead a field of eight 3-year-olds in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words. Post time 5:53 p.m.



AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick is trying run his NASCAR Cup winning streak to three races — and get past rules violations that marred his Las Vegas victory. By John Nicholson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX-XFINITY — Kyle Busch highlights field in NASCAR Xfinity Series. By John Nicholson. UPCOMING: 450 words. Race starts 4 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — IndyCar's new car gets its first big test Saturday in qualifying for the season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.


BARCELONA, Spain — McLaren, a once proud Formula One winner, had hoped to end three bleak years by ditching Honda-made engines and partnering with Renault. The move, however, has been anything but trouble free. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 500 words, photos.



OFTERSCHWANG, Germany — Mikaela Shiffrin wins the slalom title for the fifth time in six seasons by capturing the next-to-last race of the season. She is the first skier with 42 World Cup wins in total before turning 23. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— With:

— SKI--WCUP-MEN'S DOWNHILL — Thomas Dressen wins a World Cup downhill in Norway, with Olympic gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal third. SENT: 400 words, photos.



CARSON, Calif. — WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez takes on England's Scott Quigg, who failed to make weight and lost his chance to win the Mexican star's belt. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words. Main event starts about 11:30 p.m.



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan is looking to shore up its law that requires certain people to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities to address gaps that were exposed after disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually assaulting female athletes. By David Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photos.



DENVER — A leader of the "No Boston Olympics" movement and a former Colorado governor who fought Denver's 1976 Winter Olympic bid debate officials considering another Olympic bid for Colorado. By Colleen Slevin. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.



SAN DIEGO — Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg is remembered at a celebration of life service at Petco Park. Enberg died in December at 82. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 500 words. Service started 1 p.m.

— Also:

— RAC--OBIT-FRANKLIN — Ronnie Franklin, who rode Spectacular Bid to victory in the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, dies at 58. Thursday.

— FBN--OBIT-GEDNEY — Former Chicago Bears tight end Chris Gedney dies at 47. SENT: 250 words, photos.


— FBN--PATRIOTS-BROWNS TRADE — Browns trade defensive tackle Danny Shelton to Patriots for draft pick, the AP is told. By Tom Withers. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— FBN--GIANTS-WING — Giants release punter Brad Wing after struggling season. SENT: 120 words.


— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Tom Pernice Jr. up by three shots entering second round of senior tour's Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.

— GLF--INDIAN OPEN — India's Shubhankar Sharma, England's Matt Wallace after three rounds of European/Asian tour event in India. SENT: 200 words.


— IDITAROD — Iditarod leaders reach Yukon River, drive for Bering Sea coast. By Rachel D'Oro. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Man United beats Liverpool 2-1 to strengthen hold on second place in Premier League. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos. Separate stories on all seven matches.







Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)


Phoenix at Charlotte, 5 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Memphis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Orlando at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


Chicago at Boston, 1 p.m.

Vegas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Winnipeg at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 3 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.

Washington at San Jose, 4 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Toronto, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 12 North Carolina at New York (Barclays Center), 8:30 p.m.

No. 2 Villanova vs. Providence at New York (Madison Square Garden), 6:30 p.m.

No. 8 Cincinnati vs. Memphis at Orlando, Fla., 1 p.m.

No. 9 Kansas vs. No. 18 West Virginia at Kansas City, Mo., 6 p.m.

No. 11 Wichita State vs. No. 21 Houston at Orlando, Fla., 3:30 p.m.

No. 13 Tennessee vs. Arkansas at St. Louis, 3:30 p.m.

No. 15 Arizona vs. Southern California at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.

No. 25 Rhode Island vs. Saint Joseph's at Washington, 1 p.m.


Montreal at Columbus, 1 p.m.

Colorado at New England, 1:30 p.m.

Los Angeles FC at Real Salt Lake, 3:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Chicago, 6 p.m.

Vancouver at Houston, 6 p.m.

Portland at New York, 7 p.m.

Minnesota United at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Washington vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Houston at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

NY Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. NY Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

LA Dodgers (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. LA Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. LA Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

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