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BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
February 23, 2018 Updated: February 23, 2018 at 1:35 pm
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TOP STORIES

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTUION

Bank records and expense reports that are part of a federal investigation into college basketball show impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or relatives, Yahoo Sports reports. NCAA President Mark Emmert says, if true, the allegations "point to systematic failures." By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTUION-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

OLY--US MEDAL PROJECTIONS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The U.S. Olympic Committee targeted Americans to win 37 medals at the Pyeongchang Games, according to data obtained by the AP. It was a sweeping goal. Heading into the final two days of competition, the U.S. has 21 medals. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OLY--FIG-WOMEN'S FREE SKATE

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — A few years back, Alina Zagitova nearly was sent home from training for not working hard enough. Now, the 15-year-old heads home with Olympic gold, the first for the Russians at the Pyeongchang Olympics. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-SCHOOL SHOOTING

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On a day when Major League Baseball honors the victims of the mass shooting in Parkland by wearing caps with the school's initials, the school's baseball coach and his sons are guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BKN--BUCKS-TERRY TIME

MILWAUKEE — Jason Terry, going strong at 40 years old, is the wise veteran on a Milwaukee Bucks team with one of the league's top young cores. He is getting more playing time of late because of backcourt injuries and seems destined to fulfill a goal: 20 years in the NBA. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

OLY--TIM DAHLBERG-FIGURE SKATING

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Russia's female skaters — with teenagers Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva the latest evidence — push the envelope on jumps, are technically precise and combine the artistic and physical elements better than anyone. The U.S. still hasn't figured that out. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--SKI--SHRIFFIN AND VONN

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn has said repeatedly these would be her last Olympics. Her teammate — and heir apparent — Mikaela Shiffrin jokes about whether Vonn really means it. Vonn is 33. Shiffrin is 22. Each has won three Olympic medals. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.

OLY--HKO-GERMANY-CANADA

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Stripped of its NHL stars, two-time defending Canada sustains perhaps its biggest blow of these Olympics when it is jolted by Germany 4-3 in the hockey semifinals. Canada's band of journeymen must play for the bronze medal. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--HKO-CZECH REPUBLIC-RUSSIA — Russians to play for hockey gold for first time in 20 years. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OLY--BOB-RUSSIAN DOPING

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — A second Russian — a female bobsledder — fails a doping test, a day before the IOC is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing ceremony. The positive test was for a medication to treat angina. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--KENWORTHY-KOREAN DOG RESCUE

SIHEUNG, South Korea — American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy tours a dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered. "It's one of the saddest places I've ever been," says Kenworthy, who saved five stray dogs during the Sochi Olympics. The AP joins him on his visit. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

OLY--AP EXPLAINS-THE NORTH RETURNS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — As South Korea's liberal president seeks to use the Olympics to better ties with rival North Korea, Pyongyang has picked for its envoy to the closing ceremony the alleged mastermind of two attacks that killed 50 South Koreans in 2010. By Foster Klug. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— Also:

— OLY--PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— OLY--SPD-SHANI'S LAST SKATE — Speedskater Shani Davis finishes seventh in possibly last Olympic race. By Beth Harris. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— OLY--OLYMPICS ROUNDUP — Russians finally get gold; Germany tops Canada in men's hockey. By Dennis Waszak Jr. and David Brandt. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS — With no Americans in contention, NBC trumpets figure skating showdown between Russian teenagers. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--PACE OF GAME

TAMPA, Fla. — A proposal collapsed that would have put a runner on second base to start the 10th inning of spring training games, the AP is told. The union refused to sign off on the deal Wednesday. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. By SENT: 300 words, photos.

BBA--YANKEES-BOONE

TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Boone manages his first baseball game at any level when the New York Yankees play their exhibition opener against Detroit and new Tigers manager Rob Gardenhire. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.

— Also:

— BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP — Roundup of 15 games. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 9 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Luke List is setting the pace early in the second round at the Honda Classic, shooting a 4-under 66 on a tough scoring day with a shrinking number of players under par. Tiger Woods began the day four shots off the lead but faces a windy afternoon. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--QATAR MASTERS — Adrian Otaegui ahead by a shot after two rounds on European Tour. SENT: 300 words.

— GLF--LPGA THAILAND — Jessica Korda shoots 62, up by four strokes after two rounds at LPGA event. SENT: 250 words.

NBA

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — James Harden and the NBA-leading Rockets look to extend their winning streak to 11 games when they return from the All-Start break to host the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are first in the Northwest Division. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-JAZZ

SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz, riding an 11-game winning streak, play the Portland Trail Blazers in the first game back from the All-Star break for both teams. Utah remains last in the Northwest Division but is now two games over .500 and only 4 1/2 games out of first place. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

BKN--MAVERICKS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — The Dallas Mavericks play the Lakers in their return from the All-Star break after a tumultuous week that included Mark Cuban's admission of tanking, which drew a $600,000 fine, and a report of sexual misconduct by a former executive. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

Oklahoma's NCAA Tournament window is closing. The Sooners have lost six straight and unless they start winning soon, a stellar start to the season could fizzle out and leave them out of the field of 68. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKC--FLAILING FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Once ranked as high as No. 5, Florida might not even make the NCAA Tournament. The Gators have lost three in a row and might need to upset No. 12 Auburn to get a tourney invite. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

BKC--T25-MIDDLE TENNESSEE-KING

Middle Tennessee has relied heavily on transfers during its gradual emergence as one of the nation's top mid-major powers. With Nick King leading g the way, the No. 24 Blue Raiders are ranked for the first time. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NHL

HKN--MLECZKO'S CHANCE

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — AJ Mleczko, who won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's hockey team, has done strong broadcasting work in South Korea. She will now work at least one NHL game when she does color analysis on NBC's national broadcast of Red Wings vs. Bruins March 6. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Also:

— HKN--ISLANDEERS-BALEY — Islanders, Josh Bailey agree to 6-year, $30 million deal. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 250 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. — Fresh off a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500 — the best result by a black driver in NASCAR's biggest race — Darrell Wallace Jr. takes part in qualifying for Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The last black driver in a Cup race in Atlanta was Bill Lester in 2006. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

TENNIS

— TEN--DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS — Garbine Muguruza upset in semifinals in United Arab Emirates. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— TEN--OPEN 13 — Tomas Berdych, Lucas Pouille highlight quarterfinal play in Marseille, France. UPCOMING: 200 words by 7 p.m.

— TEN--DELRAY BEACH — Chung Hyeon, at No. 8 the highest seed left, plays in quarterfinals in Florida. UPCOMING: 130 words by 10 p.m.

— TEN--RIO OPEN — Gael Monfils plays Daniel Schwartzman in quarterfinals in Brazil. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 9 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Friday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Charlotte at Washington, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Houston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Portland at Utah, 9 p.m.

San Antonio at Denver, 9 p.m.

Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

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

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

San Jose at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Vegas, 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 16 Ohio State at Indiana, 8 p.m.

No. 18 Rhode Island vs. Dayton, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 8 Oregon at Arizona State, 8 p.m.

No. 12 Oregon State at Arizona, 10 p.m.

No. 16 Stanford at Washington, 11 p.m.

No. 22 Green Bay vs. Oakland, 8 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

L.A. Angels vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

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

Seattle vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

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