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February 26, 2019

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TOP STORIES

BKN--HAWKS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden isn’t exactly lamenting the end of his impressive scoring run. Harden had 28 points, snapping his 32-game streak with at least 30 while the Houston Rockets beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-111. He says he is glad it’s over, too _ especially since he had no expectation of matching Wilt Chamberlain’s 65-game streak, the longest in NBA history. Harden’s stretch with 30 or more points ranks second. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 890 words, photos.

BKC--KANSAS ST-KANSAS

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Kansas got exactly what it needed after a humiliating loss at Texas Tech when the schedule produced a high-profile showdown with Big 12-leading Kansas State inside raucous Allen Fieldhouse. Playing with a newfound sense of urgency, the Jayhawks took advantage of the opportunity, too. By Basketball Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HKN--TRADE DEADLINE

The Vegas Golden Knights made the boldest move around the league and paid a steep price in their bid to take another step this postseason by hoisting the Stanley Cup. Columbus, Winnipeg and Nashville were among the teams that made moves to bolster their chances to chase a championship. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 3 a.m.

With:

_ HKN--BLUE JACKETS-ALL IN _ The Columbus Blue Jackets made it clear they don’t want to wait to make a serious Stanley Cup run. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 590 words, photos by 3 a.m.

_ HKN--WILD-EVOLVING WILD _ The Minnesota Wild emerged from the trade deadline above the cut for the playoffs. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

_ Other trade deadline stories on Golden Knights, Predators, Penguins.

FBN--COMBINE SNUBS

More than 330 of college football’s finest players are gathering in Indianapolis this week for the NFL’s annual combine, where they’ll be poked and prodded, timed and tested, quizzed and questioned. Not all the players who will get drafted in April are on the invite list. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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: 935 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

HAMPTON, Ga. _ The verdict is still out on NASCAR’s new competition package following its innocuous debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race was not the best in NASCAR history, nor was it unwatchable. It was, if nothing else, better than last year’s race at Atlanta and that is a win for NASCAR right now. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--SUNS-HEAT

MIAMI — Devin Booker came into his final matchup against Dwyane Wade looking to be the next player on the list of those who have snared a retirement-season jersey from the Miami star. Turns out, the jersey wasn’t even the biggest prize. Booker scored 20 points, Phoenix played a nearly flawless fourth quarter and the Suns snapped their club-record 17-game losing streak by topping the reeling Heat 124-121. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BKN--LAKERS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Los Angeles Lakers got a triple-double from LeBron James and 32 points from Brandon Ingram, yet still suffered another dent to their playoff hopes. SENT: 740 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

No. 24 Wofford is playing its first games with an AP Top 25 ranking this week at Chattanooga and Samford. The Terriers are trying to close a perfect regular-season record in Southern Conference play. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.

With:

_ BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL ¬_ Gonzaga jumps to No. 1 in the men’s poll for the second time this season, both times replacing Duke. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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: 600 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ BKC-TEXAS-ROACH SUSPENDED _ Suspended Texas guard Kerwin Roach could return this season. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 370 words.

Women:

BKW--T25-TEXAS-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas _ Kalani Brown and No. 1 Baylor aren’t letting up even though they have already locked up another Big 12 regular season title. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 830 words, photos.

BKW--T25-RUTGERS TURMOIL

The Rutgers women’s basketball team overcame some off the court turmoil over the past few days to beat Wisconsin. The school announced on Sunday that Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer would step away from the program to rest on the advice of doctors. That news was sandwiched between two players being dismissed from the team. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos by 3 a.m.

Also:

_ BKW--WOMEN’S BKB POLL _ Baylor is a unanimous No. 1 in the women’s poll, having already clinched a ninth straight Big 12 title By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 350 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL BASKETEBALL

BKO--US-POPOVICH

NEW YORK _ Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich’s team. He’s been the Americans’ national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he’d actually get to lead them in competition. The U.S. first had to qualify for the Basketball World Cup, where the Americans can then play their way into the 2020 Olympics. With that done, Popovich can lobby players to go to China with him. He won’t. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.

Also:

_ BKO--WORLD CUP-ARGENTINA-US _ United States beats Argentina in final World Cup qualifying game for both. SENT: 800 words.

NHL

HKN--KINGS-LIGHTNING

TAMPA, Fla. _ The Tampa Bay Lightning stood pat at the NHL deadline, then went out and showed why they’re confident they have all the pieces necessary to win a championship. Including the resiliency to overcome a third-period lapse that nearly cost them Monday night. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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. _ Yusei Kikuchi made his debut for the Seattle Mariners throwing two innings against the Cincinnati Reds in a start that featured a little bit of everything, from moments of dominance to Kikuchi working out of a jam. By Tim Booth. SENT: 710 words, photos.

BBA--WHITE SOX-MADRIGAL

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Listed at 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, Nick Madrigal doesn’t look like a major leaguer. Then he takes the field. Madrigal is right at home in his first training camp with the Chicago White Sox. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 680 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: 730 words, photos.

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

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

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

_ BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP _ Florida hopes series win over Miami pulls it out of funk. By Eric Olson. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

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

Boston at Toronto, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Calgary vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Boston, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Washington, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Florida at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Vegas, 10 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 3 Duke at No. 20 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Kentucky vs. Arkansas, 9 p.m.

No. 5 North Carolina vs. Syracuse, 9 p.m.

No. 13 LSU vs. Texas A&M, 9 p.m.

No. 19 Wisconsin at Indiana, 9 p.m.

No. 21 Buffalo vs. Akron, 7 p.m.

No. 22 Iowa at Ohio State, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 2 UConn at Wichita State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 20 Iowa State at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

PRESEASON BASEBALL

Houston vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (ss) vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

Boston vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Detroit vs. N.Y. Mets (ss) at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Arizona vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Kansas City (ss) vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

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