The supervisor is Fred Lief (800-845-8450), followed by John Nicholson (602-417-2431) at 5 p.m., and Simmi Buttar (800-845-8450) at 1 a.m. For sports photos, call 800-845-8450, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For reruns, call the Service Desk (800-838-4616) or your local AP bureau.
WASHINGTON — The NFL could be heading to its first work stoppage since 1987, with the labor contract set to expire by day’s end. The league and union are before a mediator again, still far apart on how to divide $9 billion in annual revenues. By Howard Fendrich.
AP Photos. AP Video.
Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka has been unable to reach his grandmother in Japan. A’s slugger Hideki Matsui is praying for the victims. The Yankees’ Kei Igawa was excused from workouts. All across spring training, Japanese players are worried about those at home. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker.
— TOKYO — Japan-Earthquake-Sports Canceled. Sent.
NEW YORK — Ben Hansbrough, the conference player of the year, leads No. 4 Notre Dame into the Big East tournament semifinals against No. 14 Louisville. The Fighting Irish routed No. 25 Cincinnati on Thursday night while the Cardinals beat Marquette. By Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — No. 11 Syracuse meets No. 21 Connecticut for the first time in the Big East tournament since their six-overtime thriller two years ago. The Huskies have won three games in three days, including an upset of No. 3 Pittsburgh. The Orange are coming off a win over No. 17 St. John’s. By Dave Skretta. Game starts 7 p.m.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 5 Duke starts its bid for a 10th title in 13 years when it faces Maryland in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The Terrapins are coming off a first-round win against North Carolina State. By Joedy McCreary. Game starts 7 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — Jimmer Fredette and No. 8 BYU play New Mexico in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament. The Cougars escaped against TCU and will be facing a New Mexico team that sent them to two of their three losses this season — and by an average of 13.5 points. By Arnie Stapleton. Game starts 9 p.m.
— Automatic spots in men’s NCAA tournament: Patriot League title (Lafayette-Bucknell)
— Automatic spots in women’s NCAA tournament: Southland Conference title (Central Arkansas-McNeese St.)
— CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — BKC–Two-Bid Ivies. By Jimmy Golen.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State’s Jamelle McMillan always understood the game a little better than his teammates, playing like a coach on the floor. He’s not alone, either. As one of at least a dozen sons of NBA players in college basketball, McMillan has seen the game up close at its highest level. By Basketball Writer John Marshall.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Mark Prosser has relished his past two years at Wofford, helping the Terriers to two Southern Conference titles and NCAA tournaments. He only wishes his late father, Skip, was around to enjoy it, too. By Pete Iacobelli.
DORAL, Fla. — Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa, awakening to news of the devastation at home, manages to keep his mind on golf and completes a first round of 7-under 65 at Doral. He is one shot behind leader Hunter Mahan in the Cadillac Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Sent.
AP Photos by Lynne Sladky.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams ends his legal battle with the NFL over a failed drug test. His lawyer say Williams is “just tired of litigation” in a case that began more than two years ago. Teammate Pat Williams, however, intends to keep going. Sent.
SKI–WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
SPINDLERUV MLYN, Czech Republic — Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg wins the season’s next-to-last World Cup giant slalom and Lindsey Vonn finishes third to gain on overall World Cup leader Maria Riesch. By Karel Janicek. Sent.
AP Photo by Giovanni Auletta.
LONDON — The U.S. Olympic Committee’s top leaders, Larry Probst and Scott Blackmun, are appointed to two key IOC commissions in another sign of the American body’s return to the international fold after years of strained relations. By Stephen Wilson. Sent.
AP Photo by Charles Dharapak.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Leading Kentucky Derby contender Uncle Mo won all three of his races as a 2-year-olds by a combined 23¼ lengths. His 3-year-old debut comes Saturday in the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park. By Steve Wine. Sent.
LAS VEGAS — Miguel Cotto is the featured attraction and Ricardo Mayorga again plays the foil. The real stars of Saturday night’s boxing card, though, might be two guys watching from ringside — Don King and Bob Arum, together again in search of a few more bucks. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. Sent.
AP Photos by Nick Ut.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Some two weeks into his new job and 1,500 fan e-mails later, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black is getting an appreciation of the mood is around town and learning something about these passionate hockey fans. By John Wawrow.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kasey Kahne doesn’t need a week off, not this early in a season and not when the Sprint Cup star is so good racing trucks at Darlington Raceway. By Pete Iacobelli.
— JUPITER, Fla. — BBA–Tigers-Cabrera. Sent.
— TAMPA, Fla. — BBA–Yankees-Berra. Sent.
— ARLINGTON, Texas — BBA–Rangers-Greenberg. Sent.
— WESTWEGO, La. — BKN–Hornets-Paul. Sent.
— INDIANAPOLIS — FBN–Super Bowl 2012. By Hasan Dudar.
— INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — TEN–Indian Wells.
— GENEVA — TEN–Davis Cup-Federer. Sent.
— CHARLESTON, S.C. — TEN–Family Circle Cup. Sent.
— RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — GLF–Puerto Rico Open.
— NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — GLF–Champions Tour.
— PROVIDENCE, R.I. — BKC–Providence-Davis Fired. Sent.
— MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — BKW–Middle Tennessee-Player Killed. By Teresa M. Walker.
— COLLEGE STATION, Texas — ATH–NCAA Indoors. By Chris Duncan.
— NEW YORK — People-Lachey. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. Sent.
— KVITFJELL, Norway — SKI–Men’s World Cup. By Paul O’Mahony. Sent.
— KHANTY-MANSIYSK, Russia — BIA–Biathlon Worlds. Sent.
— BARDONECCHIA, Italy — SBD–Snowboard World Cup. Sent.
— ARE, Sweden — SKI–Freestyle World Cup. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY–Doping Rules-Merritt. By Stephen Wilson. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY–Britain-Water Polo. Sent.
— STOCKHOLM — OLY–Obit-Anderberg. Sent.
— AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — CYC–Paris-Nice. Sent.
— PERUGIA, Italy — CYC–Tirreno-Adriatico. Sent.
— NEW YORK — BOX–Martinez-Dzinziruk. By Dave Skretta.
— LOUISVILLE, Ky. — RAC–Life At Ten-Velazquez. Sent.
— ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Iditarod. By Mary Pemberton.
— BKN–NBA Capsules.
— HKN–NHL Capsules.
— BKC–Top 25 Capsules.
— BKW–Top 25 Capsules.
— BBO–Spring Training Capsules.
— GLF–Golf Capsules.
|Friday’s Time Schedule (EST)|
Portland at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Utah at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Orlando at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
New Jersey at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Colorado, 9 p.m.
|College Basketball (Top 25)|
No. 1 Ohio State vs. Northwestern at Indianapolis, noon
No. 2 Kansas vs. Colorado at Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m.
No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Louisville at New York, 9 p.m.
No. 5 Duke vs. Maryland at Greensboro, N.C., 7 p.m.
No. 6 North Carolina vs. Miami at Greensboro, N.C., noon
No. 7 San Diego State vs. UNLV at Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m.
No. 8 BYU vs. New Mexico at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
No. 9 Purdue vs. Michigan State at Indianapolis, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. Texas A&M at Kansas City, Mo., 9:30 p.m.
No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 21 Connecticut at New York, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Florida vs. Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Wisconsin vs. Penn State at Indianapolis, 9 p.m.
No. 15 Kentucky vs. Mississippi at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.
No. 16 Arizona vs. Southern California at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.
No. 18 Xavier vs. Dayton at Atlantic City, N.J., noon
No. 23 Utah State vs. San Jose State at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
No. 24 Temple vs. La Salle at Atlantic City, N.J., 6:30 p.m.
No. 2 Stanford vs. Arizona at Los Angeles, 3 p.m.
No. 3 Baylor vs. Kansas State at Kansas City, Mo., 1 p.m.
No. 7 UCLA vs. California at Los Angeles, 5:30 p.m.
No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 21 Oklahoma at Kansas City, Mo., 3:30 p.m.
No. 13 Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. Wright State at Green Bay, Wis., 9 p.m.
No. 22 Houston vs. Tulane at El Paso, Texas, 1:30 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Boston (ss) vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Detroit vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Atlanta vs. N.Y. Yankees (ss) at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Boston (ss) vs. Houston (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Florida vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Oakland (ss) at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Arizona vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Cincinnati vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Oakland (ss) vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
Kansas City vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.
Houston (ss) vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 6:05 p.m.
San Francisco vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.