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By The Associated PressMarch 21, 2014
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Adam Scott hits from the fairway on the fifth hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/ Willie J. Allen Jr.)
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Adam Scott hits from the fairway on the fifth hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/ Willie J. Allen Jr.)

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JUVENTUS, BENFICA INTO EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERS

Andrea Pirlo scored on a free kick in the 71st minute, giving Juventus a 1-0 victory at Italian rival Fiorentina and a berth in the Europa League quarterfinals with a 2-1 aggregate win. Benfica also advanced on 5-3 aggregate after a 2-2 tie against Tottenham.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/juventus-benfica-az-europa-league-quarters

SCOTT OFF TO FAST START AT ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

Masters champion Adam Scott made five putts from 20 feet or longer, two of them for eagle, and matched the course record with a 10-under 62 to build a three-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/scott-record-start-bay-hill

WILLIAMS OPENS WITH VICTORY AT SONY OPEN

Serena Williams capitalized on a critical double-fault by Yaroslava Shvedova to survive a 69-minute first set and win her opening match at the Sony Open, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/kerber-wins-opening-match-key-biscayne

DURANT’S 35 LEADS THUNDER OVER CAVS

Kevin Durant scored 35 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their 50th win of the season, 102-95 over the injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/durants-35-leads-thunder-over-cavs

BLATTER, FIFA BOARD QUESTIONED ON WORLD CUP BIDS

Sepp Blatter and other FIFA officials involved in choosing Russia and Qatar as future World Cup hosts are facing questions from ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia.

http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/garcia-quizzes-blatter-fifa-board-wcup-bids

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