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March 10, 2019

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Orel Hershiser isn’t worried about how analytics affects pitching. The Los Angeles Dodger great tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke that managers will figure out how to play situational baseball with their pitching staffs soon enough, and wholesale changes aren’t needed in the way the game is played. https://www.podcastone.com/podcastone-sports-now

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is not so short and Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat is very fast. While those were the big takeaways from the NFL combine, plenty more was learned in Indianapolis last week. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Dane Brugler, NFL draft analyst for The Athletic, joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to assess which prospects helped themselves and which ones might have hurt their stock.

https://podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

SOC--US WOMEN-SOLIDARITY

While Serena Williams admittedly doesn’t follow soccer, the U.S. women’s national team got her attention with its lawsuit over equitable pay. The players accuse the U.S. Soccer Federation of institutionalized gender discrimination that includes unequal pay to their counterparts on the men’s national team. Williams called the discrepancy “ludicrous.” By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ A full regular-season schedule didn’t provide a clear answer as to who is the best team in the majority of the power conferences. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten and Big 12 all ended up with teams sharing the title. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--NFL AT 100-LABOR

Lombardi Trophy. TV contracts. New stadiums. Huge profits. Those are some two-word phrases that mean the most to NFL owners. Another that should be listed: labor peace. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

With:

_ FBN--NFL AT 100-2011/21. A look back at the last labor deal and a look forward at what’s in store for 2021. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-SOCON-ETSU-WOFFORD

ASHEVILLE, N.C. _ No. 22 Wofford looks for a trip to the Southern Conference Tournament championship game when it faces East Tennessee State in the semifinals. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

BKC--T25-HOUSTON-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI _ Corey Davis Jr. scored a career-high 31 points, and No. 12 Houston dominated the second half for an 85-69 victory over No. 20 Cincinnati that clinched the American Athletic Conference’s regular-season title outright. The Cougars knocked off the defending champs and earned their first league title since 1992 in the Southwest Conference. By Joe Kay. SENT: 650 words, photos.

Conference tournament final (automatic NCAA bid):

_ Atlantic Sun: Liberty vs. Lipscomb, 3 p.m.

_ Big South: DJ Laster’s 32 points lead Gardner-Webb past Radford, 76-65.

_ Missouri Valley: Bradley vs. Northern Iowa, 2:05 p.m.

Women:

BKW--T25-PAC12-STANFORD-OREGON

LAS VEGAS _ Sixth-ranked Oregon tries to win its second straight Pac-12 Tournament title when it faces No. 7 Stanford in the championship game. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKW--T25-B10-IOWA-MARYLAND

INDIANAPOLIS _ No. 8 Maryland and No. 10 Iowa square off for the Big Ten Conference Tournament title. Iowa won the only other meeting this season on its home court. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BKW--T25-SEC-ARKANSAS-MISSISSIPPI STATE

GREENVILLE, S.C. _ Arkansas looks to cap off a miracle run in the SEC Tournament final against No. 5 Mississippi State. Razorbacks already have ousted Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M to reach their first championship game. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 2 p.m.

BKW--T25-ACC-LOUISVILLE-NOTRE DAME

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Jessica Shepard had a season-high 30 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 4 Notre Dame claimed its fifth Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title in six years by routing No. 3 Louisville 99-79. Jackie Young added 21 points and 10 rebounds, Brianna Turner had 20 points and Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale scored 12 apiece for the top-seeded Fighting Irish. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 650 words, photos.

Conference tournament final (automatic NCAA bid):

_ Atlantic 10: VCU vs. Fordham, noon.

_ Southern: Mercer vs. Furman, noon

NBA

BKN--PACERS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The 76ers look to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Indiana Pacers. Philadelphia hopes Joel Embiid is back for a game that could determine third place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.

NHL

HKN--BRUINS-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ One of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Boston Bruins are 15-0-4 in their last 19 games as they head to Pittsburgh. The Penguins, coming off a loss to Columbus, are trying to hold onto one of the last playoff spots. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--KINGS-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings visit Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks in the Freeway Faceoff rivalry game. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--BAY HILL

ORLANDO, Fla. _ Matt Fitzpatrick has a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

Also:

_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ Fran Quinn has three-shot lead entering final round of seniors play in Newport Beach, Calif. UPCOMING: 350 words by 9 p.m.

_ GLF--QATAR MASTERS _ Justin Harding wins 1st European Tour title in Qatar. SENT: 290 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. _ Joey Logano tries to make it back-to-back Cup Series wins while Hendrick Motorsports tries to get on track when NASCAR invades Phoenix. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts at 3:45 p.m.

With:

_ ESports-NASCAR HEAT PRO LEAGUE _ eNASCAR Heat draft brings fans, motorsports closer together. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words.

CAR--INDYCAR-ST PETE

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ IndyCar opens its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg. Sebastien Bourdais is the two-time defending race winner and a resident of St. Pete. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race started at 1:30 p.m.

With:

_ CAR--INDYCAR-WICKENS _ Robert Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race in his 1st time at a track since suffering a spinal cord injury in a crash. SENT: 270 words, photos.

SKIING

SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SLALOM

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia _ After wrapping up his eighth consecutive men’s World Cup overall title, Marcel Hirscher hints that there might not be a ninth. The Austrian is considering calling it a career after competing in two more races at next week’s World Cup Finals in Andorra. By winning the big crystal globe again, Hirscher matched the World Cup record of 20 overall and discipline titles set by Lindsey Vonn. SENT: 640 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--MARINERS-HERNANDEZ

PEORIA, Ariz. _ Longtime Mariners ace Felix Hernandez starts a spring training game against Cleveland a day after Seattle announced Marco Gonzales as its opening day starter, ending Hernandez’s 10-year run in that role. The 32-year-old Hernandez has been injured and ineffective for much of the past three seasons. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.

Also:

_ BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP _ UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

LONDON _ Manchester United has lost for the first time in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 13th game. Arsenal beat United 2-0 to climb above Solskjaer’s side into fourth place. The title challenge is down to two, and Liverpool trimmed Manchester City’s lead back to a point after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2. Chelsea remains down in sixth place after behind held 1-1 by Wolverhampton but is only one point behind United. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. With separates.

SOC--MLS-FC CINNINNATI-ATLANTA

ATLANTA _ Defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United is off to a disappointing start under new coach Frank de Boer but hopes to turn things around in its league home opener against expansion team FC Cincinnati. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

OTHER

_ TEN--INDIAN WELLS _ Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are all in action on Day 5 of the BNP Paribas Open. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

_ BBO--OBIT-JULIE RUTH STEVENS _ Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter dies in Nevada at 102. SENT: 640 words.

_ FBC--FLORIDA STATE-HORNIBROOK _ Former Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook transferring to Florida State. SENT: 140 words.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Sunday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Chicago at Detroit, Noon

Toronto at Miami, 3:30 p.m.

Indiana at Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Atlanta, 6 p.m.

Orlando at Memphis, 6 p.m.

Houston at Dallas, 7 p.m.

New York at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

NHL

Detroit at Florida, 5 p.m.

Winnipeg at Washington, 7 p.m.

Boston at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Vegas at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 12 Houston at No. 20 Cincinnati, Noon

No. 21 Wisconsin at Ohio State, 4:30 p.m.

No. 22 Wofford vs. ETSU at U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, N.C., 4 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Baylor vs. Kansas State at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, 3 p.m.

No. 2 UConn vs. South Florida at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., 4 p.m.

No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 4 Notre Dame at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, Noon

No. 5 Mississippi State vs. Arkansas at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C., 2 p.m.

No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 7 Stanford at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 8 p.m.

No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 10 Iowa at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

No. 17 Marquette vs. St. John’s at Wintrust Arena, Chicago, 1 p.m.

No. 19 Iowa State vs. No. 21 Texas at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, 5:30 p.m.

MLS

D.C. United at New York City FC, 3 p.m.

Philadelphia at Sporting Kansas City, 3 p.m.

Cincinnati at Atlanta, 5 p.m.

Portland at Los Angeles FC, 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arizona (ss) vs. Cincinnati at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco (ss) vs. Oakland (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

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

Oakland (ss) vs. Chicago White Sox at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Seattle (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Seattle (ss) vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Colorado (ss) vs. Arizona (ss) at Monterrey, Mexico, 5:10 p.m.