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March 30, 2019

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BKC--NCAA-TEXAS TECH-GONZAGA

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ In a classic confrontation, top-seeded Gonzaga plays Texas Tech in the West Region final for a spot in the Final Four. The Zags have one of the nation’s best offenses and the Red Raiders one of the best defenses. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 6:09 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-PURDUE-VIRGINIA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Top-seeded Virginia faces Purdue in the South Region final, with the winner off to the Final Four. The Cavaliers’ tough defense will be tested by the high-scoring Boilermakers and guard Carsen Edwards. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:49 p.m.

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_ BKC--NCAA TOURNAMENT-THE LATEST _ In-game updates, results, news, color. Updated throughout day.

GLF--MATCH PLAY

AUSTIN, Texas _ Tiger Woods reaches the quarterfinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play by outlasting Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, undone by blunders on the 16th hole, entered this showdown as golf’s hottest player. Woods is in the quarters for the first time since he won in 2008. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Men:

BKC--NCAA-KEY INJURIES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Injuries mount in the Sweet 16 _ Kentucky’s PJ Washington (foot), Duke’s Cam Reddish (knee) and Auburn’s Chuma Okeke (knee). All of which could have a big impact on who makes the Final Four. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Sunday Games:

BKC--NCAA-MICHIGAN STATE-DUKE PREVIEW

WASHINGTON _ Compelling matchups everywhere for Duke vs. Michigan State in the East Region final. Coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo go at it again while Blue Devils freshman Zion Williamson and the Spartans’ Cassius Winston command the floor. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-AUBURN-KENTUCKY PREVIEW

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Auburn has beaten Kansas and North Carolina on its NCAA run. The Tigers now pursue more royalty in Kentucky but may be without star Chuma Okeke. At stake in this SEC showdown is the Final Four, a spot the Wildcats know well and where the Tigers have never been. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Coaches:

_ BKC--NEBRASKA-HOIBERG _ Nebraska hires ex-Bulls, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, the AP is told. By Eric Olson. SENT: 400 words, photos.

Women:

Saturday Games:

BKW--NCAA-NC STATE-IOWA

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Iowa, behind Megan Gustafson’s 27 points and 12 rebounds, defeats North Carolina State 79-61 to advance to the Greensboro Regional final. Gustafson, the nation’s scoring leader, had her 33rd double-double this season, matching the NCAA record. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKW--NCAA-SOUTH CAROLINA-BAYLOR

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Baylor, the No. 1 overall seed, plays South Carolina in a regional semifinal. The Bears, winners of 25 straight, are trying to reach their first Final Four since their unbeaten title run in 2012. The Gamecocks have made the Elite Eight three of the last four years. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-MISSOURI ST-STANFORD

CHICAGO _ Alanna Smith and Stanford play for a spot in the regional final, facing an 11th-seeded Missouri State team that is the only double-digit seed left. This has been quite the turnaround for Missouri State, which lost seven of its first eight games this season. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-TEXAS A&M-NOTRE DAME

CHICAGO _ Defending champion Notre Dame meets Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. The top-seeded Fighting Irish have won 11 straight, all by at least 18 points. The Aggies, led by Chennedy Carter, have made back-to-back Sweet 16s. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.

Sunday Games:

_ BKW--NCAA-UCONN-LOUISVILLE PREVIEW at Albany, N.Y. _ By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

_ BKW--NCAA-OREGON PREVIEW-MISSISSIPPI ST at Portland, Ore. _ By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--METS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals and Noah Syndergaard of the Mets square off in another enticing pitching matchup in Washington. Jacob deGrom edged Max Scherzer in New York’s 2-0 win opening day that was marked by a combined 26 strikeouts. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.

BBO--CUBS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Cubs’ Yu Darvish makes his season debut after an injury-shortened year, facing some of his former Texas Rangers teammates. Darvish hasn’t pitched since last May when elbow trouble sidelined him in his first season with Chicago. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

BBN--PIRATES-REDS

CINCINNATI _ Reds right-hander Sonny Gray pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates, hoping to for more comfort in his new home than his previous one. Gray had a frustrating 2018 season with the Yankees. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2:10 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-TEXAS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Jimmie Johnson is a seven-time winner at Texas and is on the pole Sunday. Kevin Harvick won on this track last November. Could this be the first 2019 race won by someone other than the Penske or Gibbs teams. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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_ CAR--NASCAR-TEXAS-XFINITY _ By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 500 words, photos. Race started 1 p.m.

CAR--F2-SCHUMACHER’S FIRST RACE

SAKHIR, Bahrain _ Mick Schumacher, the 20-year-old son of racing great Michael Schumacher, finishes eighth in his Formula 2 debut. He races again Sunday and makes his F1 testing debut with Ferrari on Tuesday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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_ CAR--F1-BAHRAIN GP _ Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel take first two qualifying spots for Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--MIAMI OPEN

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic plays Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the Miami Open final at the Dolphins’ complex. Pliskova defeated Simona Halep in the semis, denying her a chance to take the No. 1 ranking. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Match started 1:10 p.m.

NBA

BKN--76ERS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ Jimmy Butler can expect a rude reception when the 76ers visit the last-place Timberwolves. Butler forced his way out of Minnesota in a trade earlier this season. Philadelphia is third in the East and has won seven of 10. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

HORSE RACING

RAC--FLORIDA DERBY

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. _ Code of Honor and Hidden Scroll headline the $1 million Florida Derby, which for some will be a precursor to the Kentucky Derby in five weeks. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Post time 6:45 p.m.

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_ RAC--UAE DERBY _ Plus Que Parfait rallies to win UAE Derby in Dubai. SENT: 200 words, photos.

GOLF

_ GLF--DOMINICAN REPUBLIC _ Sungjae Im in front by a stroke entering second round of PGA Tour event. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

_ GLF--LPGA TOUR _ Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park, Thidapa Suwannapura ahead by a shot going into third round of Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 p.m.

_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ Kevin Sutherland, Marco Dawson share three-stroke lead entering second round of seniors play in Biloxi, Miss. UPCOMING: 300 words by 8 p.m.

_ GLF--INDIAN OPEN _ Julian Suri, Callum Shinkwin up by two shots after three rounds in New Delhi in European/Asian tour play. SENT: 170 words.

OTHER

_ MMA--UFC-PHILADELPHIA _ Justin Gaethje fights Edson Barboza in lightweight UFC bout. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 11 p.m.

_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Huddersfield matches record for earliest relegation from Premier League. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ RGL--NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTINGS _ Rugby match held in Christchurch, its first major sports event since March 15 mosque massacre. SENT: 250 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--NCAA TOURNAMENT CAPSULES

_ BKW--NCAA TOURNAMENT CAPSULES

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Saturday Time Schedule (EDT)

Men’s NCAA Tournament

Regional Final

West: Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech, at Anaheim, Calif., 6:09 p.m.

South: Purdue vs. Virginia, at Louisville, Ky., 8:49 p.m.

Women’s NCAA Tournament

Regional Semifinals

At Greensboro, N.C.

N.C. State vs. Iowa, 11:30 a.m.

Baylor vs. South Carolina, 2 p.m.

At Chicago

Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M, 4 p.m.

Missouri State vs. Stanford, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.

Houston at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Colorado at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 9:07 p.m.

Boston at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

NBA

Cleveland at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.

Boston at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.

Sacramento at Houston, 6 p.m.

Portland at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Miami at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Memphis at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

NHL

Florida at Boston, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Carolina, 1:30 p.m.

Montreal at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Washington at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at N.Y. Islanders (Nassau Coliseum), 7 p.m.

Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Vegas at San Jose, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Anaheim at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

Chicago at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

MLS

New York at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Minnesota United at New England, 2 p.m.

Montreal at Sporting Kansas City, 3 p.m.

Los Angeles FC at San Jose, 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.

Houston at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Seattle at Vancouver, 10 p.m.