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Ohio State is ready to unveil new quarterback Justin Fields at the Buckeyes’ spring game. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Bill Bender of the Sporting News joins AP’s Ralph Russo to chat about the new-look Buckeyes.
AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Major champions Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen are in front entering the third round of the Masters. Tiger Woods is among those a stroke back. This is the tournament’s first five-way tie for the lead after 36 holes. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ GLF--MASTERS-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ The top-seeded Warriors begin their bid for a three-peat against the Clippers in the first round. DeMarcus Cousins of Golden State makes his playoff debut after a nine-year wait. Los Angeles is bolstered by the return of defensive specialist Patrick Beverley. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields takes on Christina Hammer in a compelling middleweight unification bout. Shields holds the potential to do for women’s boxing what Ronda Rousey did for MMA and bring the fight game into the mainstream. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Card starts 9 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. _ With its pristine fairways, colorful azaleas and stern rules for so-called patrons, the Masters gives off airs of a gentlemanly competition in genteel countryside. But right outside the front gate is Washington Road, a strip-mall hodgepodge in all its glory. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Valentino Dixon’s introduction to golf came when the warden dropped by his prison cell at Attica in New York with a photo of the iconic 12th hole at Augusta National and a simple request. Could Dixon draw the hole with his colored pencils? By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 850 words, photos.
_ GLF--MASTERS-NOTEBOOK _ UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 9 p.m.
_ GLF--MASTERS-THEME SONG _ Dave Loggins’ song “Augusta” endures at Masters. By David Brandt. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ Other sidebars on merit.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ Some key players are out while the status of others is unclear for the start of the NBA playoffs. Blake Griffin’s knee is a concern for Detroit, which faces a Milwaukee team without point guard Malcolm Brogdon. There’s also Victor Oladipo, Marcus Smart, Jusuf Nurkic. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA _ The Philadelphia 76ers, with Joel Embiid in the starting lineup, open their postseason against Brooklyn. The star center was initially doubtful because of an ailing knee. The Nets, led by D’Angelo Russell, are in the playoffs for the first time since 2015. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game started 2:30 p.m.
_ Other Saturday Games:
_ BKN--MAGIC-RAPTORS _ UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.
_ BKN--SPURS-NUGGETS _ By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
_ Sunday previews: Pacers-Celtics; Jazz-Rockets; Pistons-Bucks; Thunder-Trail Blazers.
_ BKN--KNICKS-EWING _Knicks turn to Patrick Ewing as good-luck charm for lottery. SENT: 140 words, photos.
WASHINGTON _ The Stanley Cup champion Capitals look to take a 2-0 lead on the Hurricanes in their first-round series. Led by Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, Washington held off Carolina 4-2 in the opener. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.
COLUMBUS, OHIO _ The Columbus Blue Jackets have been up two games to none in a playoff series before. So they know to not get too excited, especially against the formidable Tampa Bay Lightning. The series moves to Columbus on Sunday night. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
_ HKN--KUCHEROV SUSPENDED _ Lightning’s Kucherov suspended for Game 3 for boarding. SENT: 200 words, photos.
_ Other Saturday Games:
_ HKN--STARS-PREDATORS _ By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.
_ HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-BRUINS _ By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
_ HKN--AVALANCHE-FLAMES _ UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
MONTERREY, Mexico _ The Cardinals and Reds open a two-game series in Mexico, where MLB began holding regular-season games in 1996. Adam Wainwright starts for St. Louis against Tanner Roark of Cincinnati. In this stadium last May, the Dodgers combined on a no-hitter against the Padres. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
NEW YORK _ CC Sabathia makes the first start of his final season following offseason angioplasty and knee surgery when the Yankees face the White Sox. New York is reeling from injuries and coming off a rain-shortened loss to Chicago. Ex-Yankee Ivan Nova pitches for the White sox. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.
RICHMOND, Va. _ Kevin Harvick starts from the pole when the NASCAR Cup Series makes its first of two annuals stops at Richmond Raceway. Kyle Busch has won three of the last five Cup races. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 7:30 p.m.
LONG BEACH, Calif. _ Scott Dixon has the fastest car at Long Beach and will try to win the pole in qualifying for Chip Ganassi Racing. Team Penske has won seven of the last 10 poles at Long Beach. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. Qualifying starts 3:10 pm.
_ CAR--F1-CHINESE GP _ Mercedes teammates Valterri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton qualify 1-2 for Chinese Grand Prix. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ MOT--MOTOGP-AUSTIN _ Six-time race champion Marc Marquez goes for pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Qualifying starts 3:10 p.m.
Bob Baffert-trained Improbable starts the Arkansas Derby as the 8-5 favorite from the rail in one of two last-chance stakes races awarding Kentucky Derby points. At Keeneland, Harvey Wallbanger is the 7-2 choice in the Lexington. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 500 words, photos by 9 p.m. Post times: Lexington, 5:34 p.m.; Arkansas Derby, 7:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON _ Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills and Washington Wizards forward Devin Robinson are arrested after a fight outside a nightclub in Washington, police say. Robinson is treated at a hospital. He also lost his job with his team. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BOSTON _ With foul weather again forecast for the Boston Marathon on Monday, defending champion Desi Linden is thinking it might work to her advantage. So are her competitors. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Defending champion Minnesota Duluth is no stranger to college hockey’s big stage. That’s not the case for Massachusetts, which has reached the Frozen Four title game for the first time. The two play in the final Saturday night. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The arrival of quarterback Justin Fields as a transfer from Georgia was a seismic game-changer for Ohio State, which lost Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins Jr. to the NFL draft. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t likely to get much sympathy regarding his offseason challenges. But even the Crimson Tide faces some, especially on a defense that was uncharacteristically vulnerable late last season. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ Other spring stories from Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech.
ESPOO, Finland _ The U.S. plays Russia in the semifinals of the women’s world championships. Finland upsets Canada 4-2 in the earlier semifinal. The U.S. and Canada had met in all 18 previous world championship finals, dating to the first in 1990. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 4 p.m.
ATLANTA _ Max Holloway ties to become only the fourth fighter to hold two UFC title belts at the same time when he faces Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title in UFC 236. Also, Kelvin Gastelum fights Israel Adesanya of New Zealand for the middleweight interim title. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. First title starts about 10 p.m.
SOC--NYC FC-MINNESOTA UNITED
ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota United FC opens its $250 million Allianz Field against New York City FC. Minnesota United played its first two MLS seasons in a college football stadium. Eighteen of the league’s 24 teams now play in soccer-specific buildings. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.
_ SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP _ Juventus’ bid for eighth straight Serie A title delayed with 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Spal. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 350 words, photos.
_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Burnley, Southampton boost hopes to stay in Premier League. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ BRAZIL-PELE _ Pele has surgery in Sao Paulo to remove kidney stone. SENT: 100 words, photos.
_ SOC--OBIT-BROADIS _ Ivor Broadis, oldest former England international, dies at 96. SENT: 160 words.
_ TEN--US MEN’S CLAY COURT _ Sam Querrey highlights semifinals of Houston tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words by 7 p.m.
_ FIG--WORLD TEAM TROPHY _ U.S. takes World Team Trophy in Japan; Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva wins women’s free skate. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ RAC--WINX’S FAREWELL _ Record-breaking mare Winx ends career in Australia with 33rd straight win. SENT: 200 words, photos.
_ CANADA-MCGILL REDMEN _ Top Canadian university drops Redmen nickname. SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday Time Schedule (EDT)
Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Boston, 1:05 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.
Colorado at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 6:10 p.m.
St. Louis vs. Cincinnati at Monterrey, Mexico, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.
Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
Houston at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m.
Orlando at Toronto, 5 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Denver, 10:30 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 3 p.m.
Dallas at Nashville, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Calgary, 10:30 p.m.
Columbus at Montreal, 1 p.m.
San Jose at Houston, 3 p.m.
Toronto FC at Seattle, 4 p.m.
New York City FC at Minnesota United, 5 p.m.
Atlanta at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
D.C. United at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Orlando City at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.
Cincinnati at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.
College Hockey (Championship)
Minnesota Duluth vs. UMass, at Buffalo, N.Y., 8 p.m.