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February 26, 2014 03:15 AM EST | AP


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TOP STORIES

BKC--T25-WICHITA ST-BRADLEY

PEORIA, Ill. — Wichita State is all alone in the record book. Again using a balanced offense and tenacious defense, the second-ranked Shockers became the first Division I team to reach 30-0 in the regular season with a 69-49 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night. Ron Baker had 15 points to lead four Wichita State players in double figures as the Shockers became the 11th team to reach 30-0, the previous 10 all hitting the 30-win mark during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin' Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals. The Shockers have one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State. By Bill Liesse. SENT: 650 words.

BKN--NETS-JASON COLLINS

LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins has received support from everyone from his teammates to Billie Jean King since becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States' four major professional leagues. Collins said Tuesday he's received phone calls, texts and emails, as well as messages on Facebook and Twitter, and has been spending time "just trying to thank everyone for their support." The 7-footer said one of the most meaningful messages was a text Monday night from King, the former tennis great who returned from the Sochi Olympics after delaying her trip following her mother's death. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 871 words.

NEW/DEVELOPING

BKN--RAYMOND FELTON-ARREST

NEW YORK — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday, following his early morning arrest after a lawyer for his wife turned in a loaded semi-automatic handgun allegedly belonging to the basketball star to a police precinct, claiming she no longer wanted it in their home, authorities said. Felton was seemingly upbeat as he appeared before Judge Diana Boyar, nodding affirmatively after he was ordered to stay away from his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton. He did not enter a plea, which is common for this stage in the case. By Jennifer Peltz and Jake Pearson. SENT: 822 words.

BKC--T25-FLORIDA-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Florida coach Billy Donovan knows his newly top-ranked Gators are an even bigger target for opponents. They just keep finding ways to finish off victories. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and Florida, playing its first game at No. 1, held off Vanderbilt 57-54 on Tuesday night to clinch at least a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference title and seventh overall. The Gators are 13-2 in games decided by single digits after losing all six last season, and Donovan said their margin for error is not very big. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 788 words.

BBO--HOME PLATE COLLISIONS-TORRE

PEORIA, Ariz. — Joe Torre says Major League Baseball's playing rules committee leaned toward banning all home plate collisions but concluded it would be unrealistic because contact between catchers and baserunners is sometimes unavoidable. Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, spoke Tuesday at San Diego's spring training facility before meeting with representatives from eight clubs training in Arizona. Torre was there to answer questions and address concerns regarding the collision rule, which was announced Monday, and expanded instant replay for umpires. Torre said when it came to the collisions rule, he had to "put the uniform back on" because there is never a perfect play at the plate and throws can make contact unavoidable. By Tim Booth. SENT: 523 words.

With:

— SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — BBN--Home Plate Collisions-Posey. By Don Ketchum. SENT: 441 words.

GLF--ELKINGTON-SAM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Former PGA champion Steve Elkington caused more outrage on Twitter on Tuesday when he made a disparaging remark about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam while trying to criticize media coverage that refers to him as gay. Sam worked out this week at the NFL combine in Indianapolis and is projected to be a mid- to late-round draft pick. Elkington first tweeted that ESPN's coverage of Sam was "embarrassing." He followed with this tweet: "ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine ... No one else expected to throw today." Elkington later deleted his tweet, and then tried to clarify his position. He posted a reply: "I'm for Sam I'm against ESPN telling me he's gay...." By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 402 words.

BASEBALL

BBN--PIRATES-SANCHEZ

BRADENTON, Fla. — The longer the Pittsburgh Pirates go without finding a new first baseman, the closer Gaby Sanchez gets to claiming the job. Sanchez, though, does not want to get the spot by default. He'd prefer to earn it. General manager Neal Huntington tried in December to lure free agent James Loney, but he wound up re-signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kendrys Morales is still available, but the Pirates will sign him only at a bargain rate. Ike Davis, Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak and Adam Lind have been mentioned as trade possibilities, but so far nothing has materialized. SENT: 709 words.

BBN--CARDINALS-GARCIA

JUPITER, Fla. — Jaime Garcia will seek a second opinion on his surgically repaired shoulder from Dr. James Andrews before deciding his next course of action, St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak said on Tuesday. Garcia requested the second opinion even before consulting with Cardinals team doctors. Mozeliak didn't go into detail about the findings of Garcia's Monday exam, other to say that the initial results were encouraging. By Chuck King. SENT: 433 words.

Also:

— SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — BBN--Rockies-Tulowitzki. By Mike Cranston. SENT: 662 words.

— FORT MYERS, Fla. — BBA--Red Sox-Bradley. By Maureen Mullen. SENT: 555 words.

— GLENDALE, Ariz. — BBN--Dodgers-Australia. SENT: 597 words.

— BBA--Rays-Bedard. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 550 words.

— CLEARWATER, Fla. — BBN--Phillies-Hamels. SENT: 306 words.

— PHOENIX — BBN--Brewers-Lucroy. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 627 words.

— PHOENIX — BBA--Athletics-Jaso. By Rick Eymer. SENT: 420 words.

— SURPRISE, Ariz. — BBA--Rangers-Darvish-Opening Day. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 537 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--PICK SIX-CONFERENCE RACES

The Big 12 regular season has ended up as it always seems to: With Kansas on top. With their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday night, the fifth-ranked Jayhawks wrapped up at least a share of their 10th straight Big 12 championship. Only UCLA, with 13 straight Pac-10 titles from 1967-79, and Gonzaga, with 11 straight West Coast Conference titles from 2001-11, have won more consecutive conference titles in Division I history. Kansas isn't the only team to have a title locked up or close to it. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 604 words by 4 a.m.

With:

— LAWRENCE, Kan. — BKC--T25-Kansas-The Streak. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 796 words.

NFL

FBN--PICK SIX-COMBINE STANDOUTS

INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL scouting combine will never turn a projected first-round pick into an undrafted free agent, or vice versa. But over the four-day event at Lucas Oil Stadium, there are always players who help or hurt themselves, even if ever so slightly, when their speed, agility and strength is on display with the rest of their peers. Some even stand out by skipping certain drills. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 764 words.

Also:

— MIAMI — FBN--Dolphins-Bullying. By Steven Wine. SENT: 572 words.

— SAN FRANCISCO — FBN--49ers-Davis. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 521 words.

— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FBN--Panthers-Gross Retiring. By Steve Reed. SENT: 787 words.

— COLUMBIA, S.C. — FBN--Niners-Lattimore's Progress. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 687 words.

NHL

HKN--REUNITED BLUES

ST. LOUIS — The secret is out on T.J. Oshie, who showed the world at the Sochi Olympics he's perfected the art of the shootout. He's among nine Olympians who've rejoined a top contender that doesn't overly rely on razzle-dazzle. The St. Louis Blues are in prime position for the NHL stretch drive. They lack star power, with no one among the top 25 scorers, but are second overall in the Western Conference and atop the Central Division entering the re-start Wednesday at Vancouver. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 566 words by 4 a.m.

With:

— HKN--NHL Returns. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 665 words.

Also:

— VANCOUVER, British Columbia — OLY--HKN-Backes-Dogs. SENT: 437 words.

— BUFFALO, N.Y. — HKN--Sabres-Murray.. By John Wawrow. SENT: 585 words.

— PITTSBURGH — HKN--Penguins-Bylsma. By Dan Scifo. SENT: 693 words.

— UNIONDALE, N.Y. — HKN--Islanders-Tavares. By Ira Podell. SENT: 1,047 words.

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ALSO

— MIAMI — BKN--Heat-LeBron's Nose. By Steven Wine. SENT: 402 words.

— ACAPULCO, Mexico — TEN--Mexican Open. By Carlos Rodriguez. SENT: 568 words.

— SACRAMENTO, Calif. — BKN--Kings-Fredette Buyout. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 787 words.

— AUSTIN, Texas — CAR--NASCAR-Earnhardt-Tour. SENT: 532 words.

— AUSTIN, Texas — CAR--Gossage-Formula One. SENT: 282 words.

— WASHINGTON — BKN--Wizards-Gooden. SENT: 115 words.

— MIAMI — BKN--Heat-Liggins. By Steven Wine. SENT: 252 words.

— DALLAS — FBC--Craig James vs Fox. SENT: 167 words.

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Wednesday's Time Schedule

NBA

Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Golden State at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Detroit at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m.

Brooklyn at Portland, 10 p.m.

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

BASEBALL

Exhibition

Detroit vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Toronto vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Top 25

Men

No. 3 Arizona vs. California, 9 p.m.

No. 8 Villanova vs. Butler, 8 p.m.

No. 12 Virginia vs. Miami, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Iowa State vs. West Virginia, 8 p.m.

No. 16 Michigan at Purdue, 7 p.m.

No. 19 North Carolina at N.C. State, 8 p.m.

No. 24 Texas vs. Baylor, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 11 West Virginia vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m.

No. 23 Middle Tennessee at East Carolina, 7 p.m.

No. 24 Rutgers vs. Temple, 7:30 p.m.

NHL

Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Colorado, 10 p.m.

St. Louis at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.