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AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Tiger Woods is a winner again. Rory McIlroy is the Masters favorite. Those are two big reasons why Jordan Spieth feels he is a little under the radar. But maybe not for long, good or bad. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ GLF--MASTERS-NOTEBOOK. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Lakers’ efforts to restore the franchise’s luster must now move forward amid even more dysfunction. The team is reeling after Magic Johnson walked away from the front office right before the Lakers’ sixth straight losing season ended, begging the question of who will lead them going forward. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 9 p.m.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. _ Anders Lee and the New York Islanders open their Eastern Conference playoff series against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Pittsburgh, in the playoffs for the 13th straight season, has won three Stanley Cups in that stretch. The Islanders have one postseason series win since 1993. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
NEW YORK _ The Las Vegas Aces have the top pick in the WNBA for the third year in a row. There is no real consensus No. 1 pick for the first time in a long time. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Draft starts at 7 p.m.
GLF--PAUL NEWBERRY-THE IMPERFECT CHAMPION
AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Call him The Imperfect Champion. Warts and all, Patrick Reed enters the Masters as the reigning holder of the green jacket. He’s an anomaly at staid, ol’ Augusta National, which has always preferred winners that tilt toward bland and homogenized, who’ll always say the right things without saying much of anything at all. Patrick Reed, that’s not. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
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. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 865 words, photos.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators, the two-time Central Division champs, open their first-round series against the Dallas Stars in the first playoff meeting between the teams. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba _ Jordan Binnington makes his playoff debut in goal for the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Winnipeg Jets. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
_ HKN--BLUE JACKETS-LIGHTNING. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
_ HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-SHARKS. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON _ The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals, full of playoff veterans, face the Carolina Hurricanes, who ended a 10-year drought and have 10 players making their NHL postseason debuts. The series starts Thursday. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ HKN--AVALANCHE-FLAMES PREVIEW. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-BRUINS PREVIEW. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
BKN--THE FINAL DAY
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. SENT: 675 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ The Detroit Pistons can lock up the last remaining available playoff spot with a victory over the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Charlotte Hornets can make the playoffs as the No. 8 seed if they beat the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons lose to the Knicks. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
_ Selected wrapups on nonplayoff teams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Whit Merrifield can set a record for the longest hitting streak in Royals’ history when Kansas City hosts the Seattle Mariners. He extended his streak to 30 games Tuesday night, tying the team mark set by George Brett in 1980. Merrifield’s string started last season and he has hit safely in all 10 Kansas City games this year. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:15 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA _ Jeremy Hellickson starts for the Nationals against his former team while Nick Pivetta goes for the Phillies. Bryce Harper also takes another swing at his former club, a night after hitting a three-run homer off ex-teammate Stephen Strasburg before the Nationals rallied from a five-run deficit to win 10-6 in 10 innings. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
LOS ANGELES _ Mick Cronin is introduced as UCLA’s 14th basketball coach at a school that owns a record 11 national championships but hasn’t been relevant in recent years. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ BKC--DUKE-BARRETT _ RJ Barrett to enter NBA draft after 1 season at Duke. SENT 300 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper played for the Lady Vols when they were regularly winning national champions. She now takes over a program that’s in a much different place. Tennessee, which hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 over the last three years, is banking on the former Missouri State coach to get the storied program back to national prominence. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. _ New Packers coach Matt LaFleur had a long to-do list even before his players arrived for offseason work. But just in the past few weeks alone, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers has talked about alleged dissension in the locker room and former coach Mike McCarthy ripped the front office for the way it cut him loose last December. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
MANHATTAN, Kan. _ Kansas State is starting to open things up under new coach Chris Klieman, shedding a bit of the shroud of secrecy that longtime coach Bill Snyder had developed. Parts of practice are open to reporters, the coaching staff has embraced social media, and the result is a palpable buzz around what had been a stagnating program. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
MANCHESTER, England _ Manchester United hosts Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. Game started at 3 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
AMSTERDAM _ Ajax faces Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, a repeat of the 1996 final that Juventus won on penalties. Game started at 3 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Defenseman Cale Makar cited loyalty in sticking to his commitment to play at Massachusetts despite a coaching change. Two years later, Makar is a Hobey Baker finalist and has the Minutemen (30-9) preparing to make their first Frozen Four appearance. UMass will face Denver, while Providence is playing Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals on Thursday. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.
_ FBN--PATRIOTS-CHIEFS-LASER POINT _ Man charged with shining laser at Patriots QB Tom Brady. SENT: 130 words.
_ OLY--JAPAN-OLYMPIC MINISTER RESIGNS _Japan Olympic minister resigns over disaster gaffe. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 400 words.
_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)
Cleveland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Colorado, 3:10 p.m., ppd, inclement weather
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.
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 First-Round Playoffs
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.
Seattle at Colorado, 9 p.m., ppd, inclement weather