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BC-Tennessee Sports Digest

March 15, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.

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College Basketball:

Men:

SEC-MISSISSIPPI STATE-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _No. 8 Tennessee is the third seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and faces sixth-seeded Mississippi State in a quarterfinal matchup. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: Developing from game starting at approximately 8:30 p.m.; 650 words, photos.

SEC-MISSISSIPPI-KENTUCKY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The fourth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats start their quest for a fifth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title Friday night playing Mississippi. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. game; 650 words, photos.

SEC-SOUTH CAROLINA-AUBURN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ No. 22 Auburn, the fifth seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, has a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 seed South Carolina. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: Developing from game starting at approximately 2:30 p.m.; 650 words, photos.

SEC-FLORIDA-LSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Ninth-ranked LSU, the Southeastern Conference’s regular-season champ, opens the tournament Friday with coach Will Wade still suspended and playing Florida, which could use another victory to improve the Gators’ NCAA Tournament bid. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: Developing from noon game; 650 words, photos.

SEC-LSU-SMART

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ LSU guard Javonte Smart will play for in the Southeastern Conference Tournament after missing the Tigers’ regular-season finale because his name surfaced in reports of a wiretapped phone call that resulted in coach Will Wade’s suspension. SENT: 170 words.

AAC-UCONN-HOUSTON

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The 11th-ranked Houston Cougars come off their bye and open the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday playing UConn. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: Developing from noon game; 650 words, photos.

AAC-SMU-CINCINNATI

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ No. 24 Cincinnati, seeded second in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, plays SMU on Friday night in the quarterfinals. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. game; 650 words, photos.

With:

_AAC-WICHITA STATE-TEMPLE. UPCOMING: Developing from game starting at approximately 8:30 p.m.; 150 words.

_AAC-Memphis-UCF. UPCOMING: Developing from game starting at approximately 2:30 p.m. 150 words.

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GEORGIA TECH-NCAA

ATLANTA _ The NCAA has informed Georgia Tech it has found major recruiting violations committed by former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner. The school released the notice of allegations from the NCAA on Friday. Of the three allegations, the NCAA says two are considered a “severe breach of conduct,” considered the highest “Level 1″ violations. By Charles Odum. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NFL:

_TITANS-KLINE, from Nashville: The Tennessee Titans are releasing right guard Josh Kline a year after signing the veteran to a four-year contract. SENT: 130 words.

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