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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EST on Wednesday, Feb. 13

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Feb. 13 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Wednesday:

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The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427

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National Football League

Top QB prospects Smith, Barkley to throw at Scouting Combine

West Virginia's Geno Smith and Southern Cal's Matt Barkley, the top two senior quarterback prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, plan to participate in position drills at the Scouting Combine next week, which could bring needed clarity to the pecking order of prospects at the position. (FBN-NEWS/DRAFT, expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Rob Rang, 400 words)

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Rams find defensive coordinator

The St. Louis Rams finally settle on a defensive coordinator, passing on Dick Jauron and Mike Singletary for Detroit Lions assistant coach Tim Walton. (FBN-RAMS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

See also: Arizona Cardinals running back Javarris James is suspended for the first four games of 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. (FBN-CARDINALS-NEWS/)

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NFL draft spotlight

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler says no position benefits from great workouts at the Scouting Combine as much as the top wide receivers. This is the second part of a position-by-position series looking at the top prospects and what they have to gain or lose next week at the Scouting Combine. (FBN-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Dane Brugler, 1,100 words)

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NFL notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (FBN-NOTES/, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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National Basketball Association

Showcase games highlighted below; the Sports Xchange covers every NBA game

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Bulls at Celtics

BOSTON - The hits keep coming for the Boston Celtics, who lost another point guard, Leandro Barbosa, to a torn ACL, but they'll try to keep their winning ways rolling with the Chicago Bulls in town. (BKN-CELTICS-BULLS-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0300 GMT/10 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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NBA notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTES/, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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College Basketball

Showcase games highlighted below; the Sports Xchange covers all Top 25 games

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Duke, North Carolina: Rivalry or mismatch?

DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina would be hard-pressed to think of a time when it was desperate to beat its archrival, but No. 2 Duke has won 12 straight at home since losing the regular-season finale to the Elite Eight Tar Heels team of a year ago. (BKC-NORTHCAROLINA-DUKE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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UConn, Syracuse face off for final time as Big East foes

HARTFORD, Conn. - Syracuse can take a third straight road game against the Huskies for the first time since 1988 in the final meeting between the classic rivals as Big East counterparts. (BKC-CONNECTICUT-SYRACUSE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0230 GMT/9:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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State of things: No. 3 Miami treks to Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes are new to the top five, but they're no stranger to ACC and instate rival Florida State. The Hurricanes can improve to 11-0 in the conference but have a 3-12 record in the past 15 games in the series. (BKC-MIAMI-FLORIDASTATE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0230 GMT/9:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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CBK Notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (FBN-NOTES/, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Golf

Donald and Mickelson to hold news conferences at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California - British world No. 3 Luke Donald and 10th-ranked American Phil Mickelson, who clinched his 41st PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open two weeks ago, hold news conferences in the build-up to Thursday's opening round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. (GOLF-PGA/ (PIX), expect first story by 2300 GMT/6 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words)

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LPGA: Korda out to defend Aussie Open title

American Jessica Korda, 19, takes on a loaded field at the LPGA Tour's kickoff event in Australia where she looks to defend her title against a rested Yani Tseng and seven-time major winner Karrie Webb. (GLF-NEWS/PREVIEW/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 650 words)

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Major League Baseball

Indians sign Matsuzaka

The Cleveland Indians sign free-agent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invitation to the team's major-league camp in spring training. (BBO-INDIANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

See also: New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli denies using performance-enhancing drugs, saying that he only went to a south Florida wellness clinic linked to PEDs for consultation. (BBO-YANKEES-NEWS/)

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Mariners sign LHP Saunders

The Seattle Mariners finalize their one-year, $6.5 million deal with left-hander Joe Saunders and designate outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp for assignment. (BBO-MARINERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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MLB notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTES/, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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National Hockey League

Showcase games highlighted below; the Sports Xchange covers every NHL game

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Senators at Penguins

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins try to start a new winning streak after their five-game run ended Saturday in a 3-1 loss at New Jersey. (HKN-PENGUINS-SENATORS-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0300 GMT/10 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Jackets hire Kekalainen as general manager

The Columbus Blue Jackets will import Jarmo Kekalainen from Finland to take over as general manager after firing Scott Howson. (NHL-BLUEJACKETS/KEKALAINEN, moved, 325 words)

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NHL notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (HKN-NOTES/, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Olympics

IOC plays down wrestling's exit after uproar

LAUSANNE - The surprise recommendation to drop wrestling from the Olympics is angering athletes, officials and fans around the world and the International Olympic Committee plays down the finality of its decision. (OLYMPICS-WRESTLING/ (PIX) (UPDATE 1), moved; may be led, by Karolos Grohmann, 750 words)

See also: LONDON - Andy Hunt steps down as British Olympic Association chief executive just six months after guiding the host nation to its most successful Games medal haul in 104 years. (OLYMPICS-BRITAIN/HUNT)

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Soccer

Henry 'saddened' by Arsenal's Wenger critics

NEW YORK - Arsenal's record scorer Thierry Henry is saddened by criticism of manager Arsene Wenger but hopes he can return to the London club in some role after his spell in Major League Soccer ends. (SOCCER-ARSENAL/HENRY-WENGER, moved, by Simon Evans, 600 words)

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Beckham trains with PSG for the first time

PARIS - Former Los Angeles Galaxy captain David Beckham trains for the first time with his new French club Paris St Germain, two weeks after signing for the wealthy Ligue 1 leaders until the end of the season. (SOCCER-FRANCE/PSG-BECKHAM (PIX), moved, 200 words)

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BOXING

Edwards opponent suspended for taking dive

Nicholas "Turbo Tax" Capes, knocked out in 13 seconds by former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, is suspended indefinitely after video of last Saturday night's fight shows no evidence of Edwards actually landing a punch. (FBN-VIKINGS-FALCONS-NEWS/, moved, 325 words)

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Lance Armstrong Fallout

Embattled UCI boss McQuaid has IOC support

LAUSANNE - International Cycling Federation president Pat McQuaid enjoys the support of the International Olympic Committee despite the sport's tarnished image and the UCI's bitter dispute with the World Anti-Doping Agency. (OLYMPICS-CYCLING/ (PIX), moved, by Karolos Grohmann, 250 words)

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