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March 14, 2014 02:57 PM EST | AP

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No. 10 Kansas faces No. 16 Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. The top-seeded Jayhawks needed overtime to dispatch with Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals, while the fourth-seeded Cyclones fought off Kansas State. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — No. 13 Cincinnati, which won a coin toss for the top seed, plays No. 21 Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference tournament semifinals. In the quarterfinals, Cincinnati held off Central Florida 61-58 and UConn defeated Memphis with 72-53. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts about 9:30 p.m.


Some things to know about Selection Sunday, when the NCAA tournament field is drawn and brackets start getting filled in everywhere. By Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.



PRETORIA, South Africa — Photographs of a bare-chested Oscar Pistorius standing in his garage on bloodied prosthetic legs are shown in court during the double-amputee Olympian's murder trial. The defense pokes holes in the police investigation. By Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.


PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Pat Perez, Danny Lee, Greg Chalmers and Matt Every are in front by a stroke going into the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--Daly's Big Number. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 650 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers, staggering through an 18-game losing streak, face an Indiana Pacers team that has the best record in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is two shy of tying the team record for consecutive losses and nearing the league mark of 26 by Cleveland. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


DALLAS — The Stars play Calgary and are home for the first time since Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench against Columbus in a game that was postponed. Peverley has an irregular heartbeat and is out for the season. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Novak Djokovic and John Isner play quarterfinal matches at the BNP Paribas Open. Among the women, top-seeded Li Na and No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska are in semifinals. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.


BRISTOL, Tenn. — NASCAR's new knockout qualifying format gets its first test on a short track at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR this week banned cool-down laps because of driver concerns about safety, so cars won't be making slow laps around the bullring during qualifying. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. Qualifying starts 4:40 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS — No. 8 Michigan escapes in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament, beating Illinois 64-63 when Jordan Morgan makes a layup with 7.9 seconds left. The Wolverines, the regular-season champion, will next play Nebraska or Ohio State. By Michael Marot. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos by 4 p.m.


ATLANTA — Top-ranked Florida is already the first team to go 18-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Now the Gators will try to add a title to their resume, beginning with a quarterfinal against NCAA bubble team Missouri in the SEC tournament. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.


GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 11 Syracuse makes it Atlantic Coast Conference tournament debut when it faces North Carolina State in the quarterfinals. The Orange edged the Wolfpack by a point last month, with the Wolfpack earning a rematch by beating Miami in the tournament's second round. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.



ATLANTA — With rivalries in tatters, league alignments messed up and tens of thousands of empty seats, it might be time to reassess the need for conference tournaments. Maybe an extra weekend of NCAA tournament play would be preferable to what we have now. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.



KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — American snowboarder Amy Purdy is going from slope to ballroom. She won a bronze medal at the Paralympics On Monday, she's due in a Los Angeles television studio as the first double amputee to take part in ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." By Rob Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--Paralympics-Youngest. Rob Harris. SENT: 300 words, photos.


SARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Tillman finally put it all together last season for the Orioles, doubling his win total during a 16-7 year that probably earned him his first opening day start. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 4 p.m.


SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Chris Cole didn't get into skateboarding for the money. The money happened to find him. Cole has cashed enough six-figure contest checks and done well enough from shoe deals to afford a nice life in a million-dollar house on a plot big enough for his own backyard skate park. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.


— NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — GLF--Champions Tour. Opening round of Toshiba Classic on Champions Tour. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.

— AGADIR, Morocco — GLF--Trophee Hassan II. Alejandro Canizares of Spain leads by a stroke after second round of Trophee Hassan II on European Tour. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m.


— INDIANAPOLIS — CAR--IndyCar-Verizon Sponsorship. IndyCar signs multiyear deal with Verizon for title sponsorship of series. SENT: 350 words.

— MELBOURNE, Australia — CAR--F1 Australian GP. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton edges Nico teammate Rosberg for best time at F1 Australian GP practice. By AP Auto Racing Writer Chris Lines. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— BERLIN — SOC--Bayern-Hoeness. Uli Hoeness accepts tax evasion conviction, quits as Bayern Munich president. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— KIEV, Ukraine — SOC--Ukraine-Postponement Denied. Crimean soccer team says league finds 'no basis' for request to postpone weekend game. SENT: 120 words, photos.

— SAO PAULO — SOC--Brazil-Racism. Brazilian soccer team must play five matches away from home after fans racially abuse a referee. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— WEST BROMWICH, England — SOC--West Brom-Anelka. Former France striker Nicolas Anelka leaves West Brom after ban for inflammatory gesture. SENT: 120 words.


— LAUSANNE, Switzerland — OLY--Doping-Backstrom. Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom to receive Olympic silver medal despite positive drug test. : 150 words, photos.

— LAUSANNE, Switzerland — OLY--2022 Bids. All five contenders for 2022 Winter Games — Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; Oslo — submit bid files to IOC. SENT: 120 words.


— HEERENVEEN, Netherlands — SPD--World Cup Finals. Ireen Wust wins World Cup 1,500 title after settling for silver at Olympics. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland — SKI--WCup-Team Event. Switzerland beats U.S. in final of parallel slalom racing team event at World Cup Finals. SENT: 100 words, photos.

— PRAGUE — HKO--Nedved Retires. Former NHL star Petr Nedved retires at 42, a month after playing for Czech Republic at Olympics. SENT: 180 words.

— COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — FIG--World Hall of Fame. Skater Denise Biellmann of Switzerland, choreographer Lori Nichol of Canada elected to World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. SENT: 150 words.

— FAYENCE, France — CYC--Paris-Nice. Colombia's Carlos Betancur takes overall lead at Paris-Nice after winning sixth stage. SENT: 200 words.

— CHELTENHAM, England RAC--Cheltenham Festival. Lord Windermere wins Gold Cup at Cheltenham Festival in photo finish. SENT: 450 words, photos.


— BKN--NBA Capsules.

— HKN--NBA Capsules.

— BKC--T25-Top 25 Capsules.

— BKW--T25-Top 25 Capsules.

— GLF--Golf Capsules.


Friday's Time Schedule


Washington at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Memphis at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Denver at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

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

Cleveland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


San Jose at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Washington, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

New Jersey at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Chicago, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Colorado, 9 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 1 Florida vs. Missouri at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

No. 4 Arizona vs. Colorado at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.

No. 5 Louisville vs. Houston at Memphis, Tenn., 7 p.m.

No. 6 Virginia vs. Florida State at Greensboro, N.C., noon

No. 7 Duke vs. Clemson at Greensboro, N.C., 9:30 p.m.

No. 8 Michigan vs. Illinois at Indianapolis, noon

No. 8 San Diego State vs. UNLV at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.

No. 10 Kansas vs. No. 16 Iowa State at Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m.

No. 11 Syracuse vs. N.C. State at Greensboro, N.C., 7 p.m.

No. 12 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota at Indianapolis, 6:30 p.m.

No. 13 Cincinnati vs. No. 21 Connecticut at Memphis, Tenn., 9:30 p.m.

No. 14 Creighton vs. Xavier New York (Madison Square Garden), 9:30 p.m.

No. 15 North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh at Greensboro, N.C., 2:30 p.m.

No. 18 Saint Louis vs. St. Bonaventure at New York (Barclays Center), noon

No. 20 New Mexico vs. Boise State at Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m.

No. 22 Michigan State vs. Northwestern at Indianapolis, 8:55 p.m.

No. 23 Virginia Commonwealth vs. Richmond at New York (Barclays Center), 6:30 p.m.

No. 24 Ohio State vs. Nebraska at Indianapolis, 2:25 p.m.


No. 22 Middle Tennessee vs. Florida International, Texas, 11 a.m.

No. 25 Bowling Green vs. Ball State at Cleveland, noon.

Exhibition Baseball

Minnesota (ss) vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Baltimore vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

Boston vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Arizona vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado (ss) vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Colorado (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:40 p.m.

Texas vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.