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Posted March 18, 2011, at 5:06 p.m.

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MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT:

Friday Games:

BKC–NCAA-HAMPTON-DUKE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After more than three months away, Kyrie Irving returns for top-seeded Duke. The defending champion Blue Devils hope they won’t need much from the electrifying point guard when they take on 16th-seeded Hampton in the second round of the West Regional. Game starts 30 minutes after end of Tennessee-Michigan.

AP Photos.

— With:

— BKC–NCAA-Tennessee-Michigan. Game started 12:40 p.m.

— BKC–NCAA-LIU-NCarolina. Game starts 7:15 p.m.

— BKC–NCAA-Georgia-Washington. Game starts 30 minutes after LIU-NCarolina.

BKC–NCAA-VILLANOVA-GEORGE MASON

CLEVELAND — Villanova hopes to end a five-game losing streak when it opens the NCAA tournament as the No. 9 seed in the East against George Mason (26-6). The Patriots made the field this year as an at-large team for the first time since reaching the Final Four in 2006. By Dan Gelston. Game started 2:10 p.m.

AP Photos.

— With:

— BKC–NCAA-UTSA-Ohio St. By Tom Withers. Game starts 30 minutes after Villanova-George Mason.

— BKC–NCAA-Marquette-Xavier. By Dan Gelston. Game starts 7:27 p.m.

— BKC–NCAA-Indiana St-Syracuse. By Tom Withers. Game starts 30 minutes after Marquette-Xavier.

BKC–NCAA-VCU-GEORGETOWN

CHICAGO — Georgetown point guard Chris Wright is ready to return, and the timing couldn’t be better. After losing their last four games, the sixth-seeded Hoyas take on “First Four” winner Virginia Commonwealth. By National Writer Nancy Armour. Game starts 30 minutes after end of St. Peters-Purdue.

AP Photos.

— With:

— BKC–NCAA-Akron-Notre Dame. Game started 1:40 p.m.

— BKC–NCAA-Florida St-Texas A&M. Game starts 30 minutes after Akron-Notre Dame.

— BKC–NCAA–St Peters-Purdue. Game starts 7:20 p.m.

BKC–NCAA–MEMPHIS-ARIZONA

TULSA, Okla. — Pac-10 player of the year Derrick Williams leads fifth-seeded Arizona against former Wildcats assistant coach Josh Pastner and No. 12 seed Memphis on Friday in the NCAA tournament. Both teams are back in the tournament after a one-year absence. Game starts 30 minutes after end of Oakland-Texas.

AP Photos.

— With:

— BKC–NCAA-Oakland, Mich-Texas. Game started 12:15 p.m. Sent.

— BKC–NCAA-Boston-Kansas. Game starts 6:50 p.m.

— BKC–NCAA-Illinois-UNLV. Game starts 30 minutes after Boston-Kansas.

Advances on Saturday’s eight games:

— TAMPA, Fla. — West-Virginia-Kentucky; UCLA-Florida.

— WASHINGTON — Butler-Pittsburgh; Cincinnati-Connecticut.

— DENVER — Morehead St-Richmond; Gonzaga-BYU.

— TUCSON, Ariz. — Temple-San Diego St.; Kansas St.-Wisconsin.

UNCLE TOMS

Jalen Rose and Grant Hill are going head to head, but not on the court. Rose said he considered black Duke players like Hill “Uncle Toms,” and Hill responded with a column that exposed a nerve among African-Americans. If blacks succeed in a white man’s world, are they less black? By National Writer Jesse Washington.

AP Photos.

BKC–NCAA-ON BASKETBALL-FAMILIAR NAMES

Butler and Gonzaga have formed their own niche in the college basketball world. They’re not superpowers. They’re not mid-majors. They are very good basketball programs who save their best for March. By Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell.

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VIDEO:

— NCAA tournament highlights.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

FBN–NFL LABOR

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — The NFL players’ union says negotiations broke down last week because the owners’ last proposal would have made salaries a fixed cost and eliminated the players’ chance to share in higher-than-projected revenue growth. Sent.

SKI–WCUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn loses her lead for the overall World Cup title and trails Maria Riesch by three points after the German finishes fourth in a slalom won Tina Maze. Vonn, the three-time defending champion, gets a last chance to take the crown in Saturday’s giant slalom. By Graham Dunbar. Sent.

AP Photos.

— With:

— SKI–Men’s World Cup. By Graham Dunbar. Sent.

GLF–GLF–TAMPA

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Paul Casey has a two-shot lead over Nick Watney and three others going into the second round of the Transitions Championship. To move about 7 p.m.

AP Photos.

GLF–LPGA TOUR

PHOENIX — The LPGA Tour opens its U.S. schedule with the LPGA Founders Cup, a tournament in which the players are not paid and $1 million goes to charity. Top-ranked Yani Tseng is joined in the field Jiyai Shin, Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, 50-year-old Juli Inkster and teen star Jessica Korda.

AP Photos.

TEN–INDIAN WELLS

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic try to join Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals. Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki plays Maria Sharapova for a berth in the women’s final.

AP Photos.

BKN–BULLS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls go for their ninth straight victory when they play an Indiana Pacers team fighting for the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls, with the best record in the East, are on their longest winning streak in six years. Game starts 7 p.m.

AP Photos.

BBO–HALL OF FAME-TALKIN’ BASEBALL

The Hall of Fame will honor “Talkin’ Baseball” composer and singer Terry Cashman this summer as part of induction weekend, 30 years after his song became a ballpark favorite. The song that forever linked Willie, Mickey and the Duke almost had another name in the refrain — Joe DiMaggio. Sent.

AP Photo.

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT:

Saturday Games:

BKW–NCAA-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. — The top-seeded Stanford women have a 61-game home winning streak at Maples Pavilion. They also have the talent, Final Four experience and pedigree. Most everyone expects the Cardinal to get through the first two rounds unscathed, starting with UC Davis.

AP Photos.

BKW–NCAA-KNOXVILLE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is undefeated in Knoxville this season and has never lost a first- or second-round NCAA tournament game on its home court. No. 16 seed Stetson, eighth-seeded Marquette and ninth-seeded Texas hope to change those streaks.

BKW–NCAA–ALBUQUERQUE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After a strong start with the return of Jessica Breland from a bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, North Carolina struggled down the stretch, dropping four in a row before making a run to the championship game of the ACC tournament.

AP Photos.

Advances from Saturday’s five other first-round sites: University Park, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; Spokane, Wash.

— WASHINGTON — BKW–Obama NCAA-Brackets. Sent.

FEATURES:

CAR–NASCAR-BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the top 10 in points for the first time since early last season. NASCAR’s most popular driver believes he is finally making strides after three rocky years at Hendrick Motorsports.

AP Photos.

RAC–F1-SEASON PREVIEW

PARIS — Sebastian Vettel and four former champions are on the grid for the opener in Melbourne in what is expected to be an open Formula One season. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have credentials, and 42-year-old Michael Schumacher has an outside chance to add to his seven titles. By Jerome Pugmire. Sent.

AP Photos.

BOX–KLITSCHKO-SOLIS

FRANKFURT, Germany — Former Olympic champion Odlanier Solis challenges WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne on Saturday with an unbeaten record and his best physical shape in years. By Nesha Starcevic.

AP Photos.

BKN–HEAT-A SOLDIER’S CALLING

MIAMI — Center court. All eyes on him. Fans coming to their feet in a raucous ovation. Tim James never had that moment when he played for the Miami Heat. He will this weekend, when the Heat celebrate him for wearing a different uniform — the one of the U.S. Army. By Tim Reynolds.

SOC–MLS VANCOUVER DEBUT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The hair will be shorter and the shorts longer, but when the Vancouver Whitecaps take the field for their first Major League Soccer game on Saturday, Bob Lenarduzzi will have a 1970s flashback.

MMA–UFC 128

NEW YORK — It’s been a busy week for the UFC. The company purchased rival promoter Strikeforce, lobbied again in support of mixed martial arts in New York, and now caps it off with a show in New Jersey. Jon Jones faces Shogun Rua in the main event of a card that also features Urijah Faber. By Dave Skretta. Sent.

SKATEBOARDING FUNDRAISER

SAN DIEGO — Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, Pierre-Luc Gagnon and other top skateboarders will compete in a contest Saturday to raise money for Grind for Life, a non-profit that helps cancer patients.

OTHER NEWS:

Baseball:

— PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — BBN–Mets-Castillo Released. Sent.

— PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — BBN–Mets-Beltran. Sent.

— JUPITER, Fla. — BBN–Astros-Myers. Sent.

College:

— PHILADELPHIA — WRE–NCAA Championships.

— AUSTIN, Texas — SWM–NCAA Women’s Championships.

— SALEM, Va. — BKC–NCAA III-Wooster-Williams. Game starts 6 p.m.

— SALEM, Va. — BKC–NCAA III-Middlebury-St. Thomas.

Boxing:

— HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — BOX–Solomon-Hopkins. Fight starts 10 p.m.

— NEW YORK — BOX–Bute-Magee. By Dave Skretta. Sent.

Soccer:

— ALEXANDRIA, Va. — SOC–Davies-Accident. Sent.

— HELSINKI — SOC–Finland-Match Fixing. Sent.

— AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — SOC–Gonzalez-Robbery. Sent.

— NYON, Switzerland — SOC–De Rossi Banned. Sent.

Winter Sports:

— ROME — FIG–Japan-Worlds Postponed. By Andrew Dampf. Sent.

— VALMALENCO, Italy — SBD–Snowboard World Cup. Sent.

— FALUN, Sweden — XXC–Cross Country World Cup. Sent.

— HOCHZIRL, Austria — SKI–Grugger’s Future. Sent.

Doping:

— COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — ATH–BALCO-Agent Suspended. Sent.

— AIGLE, Switzerland — CYC–Doping-Sinkewitz. Sent.

— MADRID — CYC–Doping-Fuentes. Sent.

Also:

— LONDON — OLY–IOC-British Dispute. By Stephen Wilson. Sent.

— RAGUSA, Sicily — GLF–European Tour. Sent.

— STOCKHOLM — TEN–Johansson Retires. Sent.

— CHELTENHAM, England — RAC–Cheltenham Festival. Sent.

Capsules:

— BKC–NCAA Tournament Capsules.

— BKN–NBA Capsules.

— HKN–NHL Capsules.

— BBO–Spring Training Capsules.

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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Men’s NCAA Tournament
Second Round
East Regional
Charlotte, N.C.

North Carolina (26-7) vs. Long Island University (27-5), 7:15 p.m.

Washington (23-10) vs. Georgia (21-11), 30 minutes following

At Cleveland

George Mason (26-6) vs. Villanova (21-11), 2:10 p.m.

Ohio State (32-2) vs. Texas-San Antonio (20-13), 30 minutes following

Xavier (24-7) vs. Marquette (20-14), 7:27 p.m.

Syracuse (26-7) vs. Indiana State (20-13), 30 minutes following

Southwest Regional
At Chicago

Notre Dame (26-6) vs. Akron (23-12), 1:40, p.m.

Texas A&M (24-8) vs. Florida State (21-10), 30 minutes following

Purdue (25-7) vs. St. Peter’s (20-13), 7:20 p.m.

Georgetown (21-10) vs. Virginia Commonwealth (24-11), 30 minutes following

At Tulsa, Okla.

Kansas (32-2) vs. Boston University (21-13), 6:50 p.m.

UNLV (24-8) vs. Illinois (19-13), 30 minutes following

West Regional
At Tulsa, Okla.

Texas (27-7) vs. Oakland, Mich. (25-9), 12:15 p.m.

Arizona (27-7) vs. Memphis (25-9), 30 minutes following

At Charlotte, N.C.

Michigan (20-13) vs. Tennessee (19-14), 12:40 p.m.

Duke (30-4) vs. Hampton (24-8), 30 minutes following

NIT
Second Round

California (18-14) at Colorado (22-13), 9:30 p.m.

NBA

Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Denver at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

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

Charlotte at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

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

Boston at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

New Jersey at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Golden State at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Washington at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Detroit vs. Boston (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

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

St. Louis vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Arizona vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

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

Cincinnati vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Boston (ss) vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 7:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Cleveland (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

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