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March 16, 2019

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TOP STORIES

BKC--T25-ACC-DUKE-NORTH CAROLINA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Zion Williamson had the go-ahead tip-in on his own miss with 30.3 seconds left and fifth-ranked Duke held off third-ranked North Carolina 74-73 in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals. The Blue Devils will face No. 12 Florida State for the championship. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GLF--PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. _ Rory McIlroy finishes eagle-birdie-par down the famed closing stretch at the TPC Sawgrass for a 7-under 65 to tie Tommy Fleetwood for the lead going into the weekend at The Players Championship. Tiger Woods hits two balls in the water on the island green 17th and is nine back. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 925 words, photos.

With:

_ GLF--PLAYERS-WOODS _ By Mark Long. SENT: 680 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

Andrew Nembhard likely shot Florida off the bubble and into the NCAA Tournament. Nembhard’s long 3 with a second to go pushed the Gators past top-seeded LSU 76-73 in the SEC quarterfinals. The win, which was Florida’s second over the Volunteers this season, gave the Gators a marquee March victory that should separate it from the likes of N.C. State, Indiana, Texas and others sweating it out this weekend. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

BKC--T25-ACC-FLORIDA STATE-VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ David Nichols scored 14 points and No. 12 Florida State knocked off No. 2 Virginia 69-59 on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Phil Cofer had 11 points and 7-foot-3 center Christ Koumadje added nine points and nine rebounds for the Seminoles. The Virginia loss comes on the same floor where they became the first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament to lose to a 16 seed in Maryland-Baltimore County last year. By Steve Reed. SENT: 750 words, photos.

Women:

BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-YOUNG

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ As No. 3 Notre Dame awaits its seeding in the NCAA Tournament, Jackie Young has emerged as the do-everything player for coach Muffet McGraw’s defending champions. The junior guard from Indiana is averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Several senior teammates are expected to be picked in the WNBA draft after the season. Young has not said if she plans to leave school early to join them. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKW--RISING FORDHAM

NEW YORK _ Mary Goulding is a big reason why Fordham is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. The senior forward from New Zealand admits that the New York school wasn’t on her radar until after her freshman year at a junior college in Wyoming. Now she can’t think of anywhere else she would have rather spent the last three years of her college career. By Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--BUCKS-HEAT

MIAMI _ Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to beat the Miami Heat 113-98. Antetokounmpo also had 16 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks, who became the first team in NBA history to trail by at least 20 points at the half and win by more than 11. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKN--SUNS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ James Harden had 41 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Phoenix Suns to get a 108-102 win. The Rockets had trouble putting away the Suns, who have won just 16 games this season, and trailed for much of the night as they struggled from long-range, making just 11 of 40 3-pointers. It’s Houston’s 10th straight win over the Suns, which is a franchise record. Devin Booker had 29 points for the Suns. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKN--BULLS-CLIPPERS-COACHES EJECTED _ By Joe Reedy. SENT: 480 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--INDIAN WELLS

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. _ It’s Federer vs. Nadal again, only this time it’ll be in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open. Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 and Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) to set up the old rivals’ 39th career meeting and first in 16 months. By Beth Harris. SENT: 840 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--CHIEFS-HILL

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ The Chiefs are investigating an incident involving Tyreek Hill after their star wide receiver was involved in a domestic battery incident in suburban Kansas City earlier this week. The team said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed Thursday by the Overland Park Police Department that lists Hill’s address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is identified among “others involved.” By Dave Skretta. SENT: 500 words, photos.

Also:

_ FBN--TITANS-DOLPHINS TRADE _ By Steven Wine. SENT: 531 words, photos.

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ALSO

_ BBN--PHILLIES-HARPER HURT _ SENT: 288 words, photos.

_ SOC--FIFA MEETING _ By Rob Harris. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

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Saturday’s Time Schedule

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Top 25

Men

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 8 Tennessee at Nashville, Tenn., 3:30 p.m.

No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 Florida State at Charlotte, N.C., 8:30 p.m.

No. 6 Michigan State vs. No. 19 Wisconsin at Chicago, 1 p.m.

No. 10 Michigan vs. Minnesota at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.

No. 11 Houston at Memphis, 3 p.m.

No. 17 Kansas vs. Iowa State at Kansas City, Mo., 6 p.m.

No. 18 Buffalo vs. Bowling Green at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

No. 22 Auburn vs. Florida at Nashville, Tenn., 1 p.m.

No. 24 Cincinnati vs. Wichita State at Memphis, Tenn., 5:30 p.m.

No. 25 Villanova vs. Seton Hall at New York, 6:35 p.m.

Women

No. 21 Drake vs. Illinois State at Moline, Ill., 2:30 p.m.

No. 24 Rice vs. Middle Tennessee at Frisco, Texas, 5:30 p.m.

NBA

Atlanta at Boston, 12:30 p.m.

Memphis at Washington, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Utah, 9 p.m.

Indiana at Denver, 9 p.m.

NHL

St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 2 p.m.

Florida at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.

Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Boston, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Washington at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Nashville at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

PRESEASON BASEBALL

Atlanta vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Houston vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

N.Y. Mets vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Baltimore vs. Toronto (ss) at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Colorado vs. Milwaukee (ss) at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee (ss) vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego (ss) vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Cleveland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Kansas City (ss) vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Seattle vs. Yomiuri (Japan) at Tokyo, 11:05 p.m.

MLS

Seattle at Chicago, 1 p.m.

FC Dallas at Columbus, 2 p.m.

Vancouver at Houston, 3 p.m.

San Jose at New York, 3:30 p.m.

Montreal at Orlando City, 4 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at D.C. United, 8 p.m.

Minnesota United at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.