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March 14, 2019

NBA-THUNDER-PACERS

Oklahoma travels to Indiana tonight

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder are back on the road tonight against the Indiana Pacers, one night after the Thunder rallied in the second half to beat Brooklyn, 108-96. The Thunder and Houston Rockets are in a third-place tie in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Portland. The Pacers are in a virtual third-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference, two games ahead of Boston.

NBA-RAPTORS-NUGGETS

Raptors, Nuggets both in action tonight, both vying for conference first place

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets are in action tonight as the two teams try to catch the first-place team in their respective conference.

The Raptors trail Milwaukee by three games in the East heading into Toronto’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Dallas Mavericks visit the Nuggets, who begin the night 1 ½ games behind the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors.

NHL-METROPOLITAN DIVISION

Capital travel to Philadelphia

UNDATED (AP) — The top three teams in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division are in action tonight.

The first-place Washington Capitals are in Philadelphia, the New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins are in Buffalo against the Sabres.

The Capitals are two points ahead of the Isles and four points better than Pittsburgh, but New York has a game in hand on Washington and Pittsburgh.

NHL-CENTRAL DIVISION

Could be a new a new leader tonight

UNDATED (AP) — There could be a new leader in the NHL’s Central Division by the end of the night.

The Winnipeg Jets carry a one-point lead over Nashville as they head into a home game against the Boston Bruins, who have dropped two straight since earning points in 19 consecutive games.

The Predators can gain sole possession of the division lead with a victory over the Kings in Los Angeles and a regulation loss by the Jets.

GOLF-PLAYERS

The Players Championship is underway

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Golf’s unofficial fifth Major is underway at The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field is as strong as ever, with everyone from the top 50 in the world ranking in a 144-man field that is vying for the $2.25 million first prize.

Players are battling the same Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass, but the schedule shift from May to March will cause the layout to play much differently.

WORLD CUP- FINALS

Shiffrin, Paris win World Cup super-G titles

SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Mikaela (mih-KAY’-luh) Shiffrin won the World Cup super-G title for her 10th career crystal globe.

Dominik Paris secured the men’s title by winning the season-ending race at the World Cup Finals.

Both racers won super-G titles at the world championships five weeks ago but had not won the season-long World Cup prize in the discipline before.

Shiffrin, who locked up the overall and the slalom titles weeks ago, is the first woman since Tina Maze (MAH’-zeh) six years ago to win discipline titles in a technical and a speed event in the same season.

This season, Shiffrin’s title chase got a boost because several races she had not entered were canceled, most notably last week in Sochi, where two super-Gs were called off because of bad weather.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Charity masked web of fraudulent college donations, feds say

UNDATED (AP) — Prosecutors and tax documents say the alleged mastermind of a college admissions scandal, set up a charity that funneled money from wealthy parents to bribe coaches and others in order help their kids secure coveted spots at prestigious universities.

The scheme allowed the parents to claim tax deductions on the alleged bribe money.

William “Rick” Singer registered Key Worldwide Foundation as a charity in 2013, gaining accredited 501(c)3 status with the federal government.

By funneling millions of dollars with such apparent ease, nonprofit experts are renewing their criticism of the Internal Revenue Service’s limited ability to police wrongdoing.

MLB-ICHIRO SUZUKI

Ichiromania returns to Japan: Will he retire, or won’t he?

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki (EE’-cheer-oh soo-ZOO’-kee) is returning to Japan for what might be his final appearance in the major leagues.

Get ready for a week of Ichiromania.

Ichiro is revered in Japan for breaking through to the majors, for his fashion sense, and for being the country’s greatest baseball player.

He is expected to play for the Seattle Mariners as they open the season with a two-game series against the Oakland A’s in Tokyo.

Some want the 45-year-old Japanese star to finally retire. Many doubt he will.

Ichiro was must-see TV when he joined the Mariners. Large-screen video displays in central Tokyo played — and replayed — every game as the Mariners won 116 times in the regular season. Ichiro won the American League batting title and was the league’s Rookie of the Year and MVP.

Some on social media in Japan say he’s being used mostly to sell merchandise, suggesting his value now is largely commercial.

But, one thing is certain, in Tokyo: Ichiromania rules.