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April 10, 2019

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TOP STORIES

BKN--LAKERS-MAGIC QUITS

LOS ANGELES _ Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing a desire to get back to the simpler life he enjoyed before taking over the franchise just over two years ago. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

BKN--HEAT-WADE’S FAREWELL

MIAMI _ Dwyane Wade’s final home game was memorable for countless reasons. Oh, and he started. And he scored 30 points. And the Miami Heat won, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99.By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

With:

_ BKN--76ERS-HEAT _ By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

BKN--NOWITZKI’S FINALE

DALLAS _ Dirk Nowitzki notched season highs in points, shots and minutes before telling Dallas Mavericks fans that his record 21st season with the same franchise would be his last. Then the 40-year-old said he gave just about all he had in what he knew would be his final home game, which might make the last game of his career at San Antonio on Wednesday night little more than a curtain call. It’s fitting in some regards because the Spurs were probably Nowitzki’s biggest rivals. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m.

With:

_ BKN--SUNS-MAVERICKS _ By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HKN--PLAYOFF PRIMER-BY THE NUMBERS

Welcome back to the playoffs, New York Islanders. Same goes for you, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina and Calgary. All five teams are returning to the postseason after at least one season off (or nine, for the Hurricanes). It’s a familiar number: In 12 of the last 14 seasons, the playoff lineup has included five teams that hadn’t been there one year earlier. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

With:

_ HKN--PLAYOFF PRIMER-DEADLINE ADDITIONS _ Winnipeg, Nashville restocked lineups at trade deadline. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 850 words, photos.

GLF--MASTERS-MOLINARI

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Francesco Molinari still recalls his first experience at the Masters, especially the nerves of trying to pick the right club for the par-3 12th, all while having defending champion Tiger Woods in the same group. That was 13 years ago. He was caddying for his brother, Edoardo, the U.S. Amateur champion. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BBA--BLUE JAYS-RED SOX

BOSTON _ The Boston Red Sox blanketed Fenway Park with pieces of the city’s championship past to welcome the newest members of their World Series title club. It wasn’t enough to ward off another setback for a team yet to resemble the one that hoisted the trophy last year. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 900 words, photos.

With:

_ BBA--RED SOX-BANNER _ Red Sox raise 4th World Series banner in 15 years. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 630 words, photos.

MASTERS

GLF--MASTERS-WOODS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _Tiger Woods had the putting green pretty much to himself as storms approached Augusta National on Monday. As a handful of fans lingered to watch, he stroked the 5-footers that always seemed to go in during his prime. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 860 words, photos.

GLF--MASTERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Rory McIlroy prepared for the final leg of the career Grand Slam by spending more time reading books than hitting golf balls. He wants to be a more complete person, and he has never started a year playing better. The Masters figures to be the biggest test. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 950 words, photos.

GLF--MASTERS-CONNERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ As the man in the green jacket recounted the incredulous events of the past week, Corey Conners cocked his head to one side and smiled ever so slightly. Almost as if he couldn’t believe it, either. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 840 words, photos.

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-CLOSE CALLS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Ed Sneed led by three shots with three holes left. Chad Campbell was in prime position on the 18th fairway in a playoff. Scott Hoch was 3 feet away from victory. That not only was their best chance to win the Masters, it was their only chance. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 960 words, photos.

Also:

_ GLF--MASTERS-NOTEBOOK _ SENT: 730 words, photos.

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 500 words.

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NBA

BKN--NBA PLAYOFF PICTURE

The final day of the season has arrived, with one playoff spot to decide, seven of the eight first-round matchups still unknown and nine different seeds still not clinched. It’s also the last day that Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and Miami’s Dwyane Wade will be NBA players before retirement. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--NEXT SEASON’S STORYLINES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The federal investigation into corruption within college basketball continues to churn and joins Virginia’s next act after its title run as the top storylines entering the offseason. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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_ BKC--WAY-TOO-EARLY POLL _ Michigan State looks formidable for next season. By John Marshall. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKC--UCLA-CRONIN HIRED

LOS ANGELES _ Mick Cronin was hired as UCLA’s basketball coach Tuesday, ending a bumpy, months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford. By Beth Harris. SENT: 920 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--ST JOHN’S MULLIN OUT _ For a second time in the storied history of St. John’s basketball, the Chris Mullin era is over. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 730 words, photos.

_ BKC--VIRGINIA-CHAMPS RETURN _ Cavaliers return home with first title and receive hero’s welcome. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 730 words, photos.

_ BKC--TEXAS TECH WRAPUP _ Texas Tech has the foundation for future after reaching national final. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Women:

BKL--WIDE OPEN DRAFT

NEW YORK _ For the first time in a long time there is no real consensus No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. The Las Vegas Aces have the top choice in Wednesday night’s draft and could take any of Asia Durr, Jackie Young and Teaira McCowan or they could go in a completely different direction and trade the pick. UPCOMING: 610 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKL--WNBA DRAFT-HAN XU

NEW YORK _ Han Xu impressed WNBA coaches and general managers with her play at the FIBA World Championship last fall. Now the young 6-foot-9 star is looking to become the first Chinese player drafted in the WNBA since 1997. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BKW--GUSTAFSON-DRAFT DIARY DAY 2

NEW YORK _ Iowa star Megan Gustafson pens a draft diary about WNBA draft orientation day as well as spending time with the other draftees, going to the players’ association offices and having a question and answer panel with current players. By Megan Gustafson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT _Now down three key players in the season’s early going, the Cleveland Indians reclaimed their usual spot at the top of the AL Central on Tuesday. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BBN--MARLINS-REDS

CINCINNATI _ Manager David Bell had an unfamiliar vantage point — a booth far away from the field — to watch his struggling Reds end their slump at long last. By Joe Kay. SENT: 790 words, photos.

Also:

_ BBN--REDS-PIRATES SUSPENSIONS _ Reds-Pirates brawl suspensions: Chris Archer five games, Yasiel Puig two, David Bell one. SENT: 160 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--CAPITALS-NO MORE QUESTIONS

ARLINGTON, Va. _ For once, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals enter the playoffs without having to hear those annual questions about their stumbles come the postseason. Winning a Stanley Cup ends such talk. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HKN--VOYNOV SUSPENDED

The NHL suspended defenseman Slava Voynov on Tuesday for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno SENT: 610 words, photos.

HKN--DRAFT LOTTERY

TORONTO _ Thanks to a trade with the last-place Ottawa, the Colorado Avalanche go into the draft lottery with the best odds of landing the top pick. Colorado has an 18.5% of winning and can fall no farther than No. 4. UPCOMING: 650 words. Lottery starts 8 p.m.

Also:

_ HKN--AVALANCHE-GRUBAUER’S GROOVE _ Goaltender Philipp Grubauer steps in to help save Colorado’s season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 760 words, photos.

_ Previews on all first-round series.

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-LAWRENCE CONTRACT

FRISCO, Texas _ DeMarcus Lawrence may not be the highest-paid Dallas Cowboys player in history for long. Doesn’t mean the club’s best defensive end can’t enjoy the distinction while it lasts. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

Also:

_ FBN--NFL DRAFT-IOWA’S TIGHT ENDS _ Iowa tight ends Noah Fant, T.J. Hockensen could go in first round. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 890 words, photos.

_ FBN--CARDINALS-ROSEN _ Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, subject of trade rumors, joins voluntary workouts. SENT: 560 words, photos.

OBITUARY

GLF--OBIT-SMITH

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Marilyn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour, died at 89. Her 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died at 89. Smith was president of the LPGA from 1958 to 1960. SENT: 850 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--OREGON’S SPRING

As a soon-to-be senior, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert knows this about spring football: It’s a process and it’s rarely smooth. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

Also:

_ FBC--TENNESSEE-MARTIN’S HOMECOMING _ Tee Martin working as assistant at school he quarterbacked to a national title. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 780 words, photos.

SWIMMING

SWM--INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE

LOS ANGELES — A new professional league for elite swimmers will debut this year with U.S. and foreign teams competing in a mixed gender format with the athletes being paid. By Beth Harris. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SOCCER

_ Champions League (Quarterfinals, First Leg)

_ SOC--TOTTENHAM-MAN CITY _ Tottenham beat Manchester City 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 780 words, photos.

_ SOC--LIVERPOOL-PORTO _ Liverpool built a 2-0 lead over Porto heading into the second leg of their quarterfinal . SENT: 500 words, photos.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

_ HKW--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS _ U.S. routs Russia 10-0 in final game of preliminary round at women’s world hockey championships in Finland. SENT: 380 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

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Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Cleveland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

Miami at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Oakland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Minnesota at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Houston, 7:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Seattle at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Texas at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Milwaukee at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

NBA

Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Detroit at New York, 8 p.m.

Golden State at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Charlotte, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

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

NHL Playoffs

First Round

Columbus at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Nashville, 9:30 p.m.

Vegas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

MLS

Seattle at Colorado, 9 p.m.