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February 25, 2019

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TOP STORIES

FBN--PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. _ New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly visited a Florida massage parlor for sex acts on the morning of the AFC title game, which he attended in Kansas City later that day. Authorities say it was his second visit to the parlor in less than 24 hours. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

HKN--TRADE DEADLINE

With NHL trade deadline about to expire, the Rangers send Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg. Among those still on the market are Ottawa’s Mark Stone and Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Trade deadline is at 3 p.m. on merits.

_ With:

_ HKN--TRADE DEADLINE-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.

BKC--KANSAS ST-KANSAS

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Big 12-leading Kansas State has a chance to knock Kansas out of the title chase. The Jayhawks have already lost to the Wildcats and must bounce back from a blowout loss to Texas Tech to keep their hopes alive for a 15th straight conference championship. By College Basketball Writer Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

AP POLLS

BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Gonzaga jumps to No. 1 in the men’s poll for the second time this season, both times replacing Duke. The Zags are followed by Virginia, Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. Kansas drops to No. 15, its lowest ranking since 2014, and Wofford debuts at No. 24. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKW--WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK _ Baylor is a unanimous No. 1 in the women’s poll, having already clinched a ninth straight Big 12 title. UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame and Mississippi State round out the first five. UCLA joins the poll for the first time this season, entering at No. 25. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BKC--T25-REDSHIRT WHIFFS

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Sometimes the coach gets it wrong. A player who was supposed to be a redshirt and benefit from an extra year of eligibility is simply too good to sit, or his team is hit with injuries and needs immediate help. This doesn’t happen often, but such is the case with Ochai Agbaji of Kansas. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

HAMPTON, Ga. _ The jury is still out on NASCAR’s new competition package after its debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The new rules did not magically create an amazing race, but the racing wasn’t unwatchable. And that’s a win for NASCAR. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NBA

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

Tension is intensifying between teams and referees. The NBA hopes the friction can be attributed to the pressure of the playoff chase and not an erosion of the always-tenuous relationship between those who commit infractions and those who call them. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--SEC-REF’S PHOTO

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ An SEC referee tells the league he didn’t mean to show favoritism when he posed for a picture holding an LSU T-shirt five years ago while traveling abroad. The photo circulated on social media among Tennessee fans an overtime loss to LSU on last-second free throws. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

_ Also:

_ BKC-TEXAS-ROACH SUSPENDED _ Suspended Texas guard Kerwin Roach could return this season. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

Women:

BKW--T25-TEXAS-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas _ No. 1 Baylor, having already clinched the Big 12 title, returns home to play No. 18 Texas. The Longhorns are the team closest in the standings to Baylor _ four games back with three to play. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

_ Also:

_ BKW--T25-ICYMI _ Hall of Fame coaches C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers, Geno Auriemma of UConn are ailing. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.

_ BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-SYRACUSE _ No. 4 Notre Dame visits No. 17 Syracuse. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 6 p.m.

NHL

HKN--KINGS-LIGHTNING

TAMPA, Fla. _ The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning look to extend their eight-game winning streak and reach 100 points when they face the last-place Kings. Los Angeles has lost seven in a row. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--TWINS-GONZALEZ

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ Don’t call Marwin Gonzalez a utilityman. At least not around the Minnesota Twins. Manager Rocco Baldelli considers him an everyday player, just one who moves around. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BBA--MARINERS-KIKUCHI

PEORIA, Ariz. _ Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi makes his spring training debut against the Cincinnati Reds. The 27-year-old rookie from Japan relishes the chance to play with Ichiro Suzuki, the outfielder he watched growing up. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 3:05 p.m.

BBA--WHITE SOX-MADRIGAL

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Nick Madrigal looks right at home in his first training camp with the Chicago White Sox. The No. 4 pick in last year’s draft could make his major league debut at some point this summer. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ BBA--YANKEES-HICKS _ Aaron Hicks, Yankees agree to $70 million, seven-year deal. SENT: 800 words, photos.

_ BBN--ROCKIES-BLACK _ Rockies manager Bud Black agrees to three-year extension. By Pat Graham. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

_ Other spring training stories from Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Tigers.

TENNIS

TEN--SERENA WILLIAMS-CONTROVERSIAL CARTOON

SYDNEY _ An Australian media watch dog group rules there was no breach of its standards in a cartoon last September of Serena Williams that drew global condemnation. Some considered the cartoon in an Australian newspaper racist and sexist. SENT: 600 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ TEN--DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS _ Roger Federer wins in Dubai to begin latest bid for 100th title. SENT: 250 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--TOKYO 2020-GOLF

TOKYO _ Golf returned to the Olympics three years ago in Brazil, where few play the game and the construction of a course drew protests from environmentalists and charges of corruption. This will hardly be the case in 2020 in Japan, where golf enjoys great popularity. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SOCCER

_ SOC--SALA-CRASH REPORT _ Plane carrying Emiliano Sala in fatal crash was not licensed for commercial use. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.

_ SOC--UEFA-SPAIN-KOSOVO DISPUTE _ Spain’s refusal to respect Kosovo flag, anthem forces venue shift of under-17 game. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 350 words, photos.

_ SOC--BARCELONA-ROSELL TRIAL _ Former Barcelona president arrives in handcuffs for money-laundering trial. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 400 words, photos.

_ SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER _ Real Madrid vs. Barcelona highlights midweek play in Europe. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OTHER

_ BKO--WORLD CUP-ARGENTINA-US _ U.S. vs. Argentina in Greensboro, N.C., in final World Cup qualifying game for both. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m. Game starts 7 p.m.

_ BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP _ Florida hopes series win over Miami pulls it out of funk. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Monday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Golden State at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Portland at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Montreal at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Florida at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 15 Kansas vs. No. 16 Kansas State, 9 p.m.

No. 18 Florida State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 18 Texas, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Notre Dame at No. 17 Syracuse, 6 p.m.

No. 8 Maryland at Purdue, 6:30 p.m.

No. 12 Iowa at Nebraska, 8:30 p.m.

No. 19 Texas A&M at Florida, 7 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Miami vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Houston at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit (ss) vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.