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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EST on Tuesday, Feb. 26

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Feb. 26 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Tuesday:

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

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National Football League

Scouting Combine wrap

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine comes to a close with several top-ranked cornerbacks running faster 40 times than expected. (FBN-NEWS/, expect by 0030 GMT/7:30 PM. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Teams pressing to define who, what of Honey Badger

Tyrann Mathieu failed three drug tests, was kicked off of LSU's football team and was arrested again in October. Now he says he wants to be trusted. At 5-7, even teams that appreciate his talent must firmly define who and what they believe Mathieu will be in the NFL. (FBN-COLUMN/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Jeff Reynolds, 700 words)

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'Team friendly' Brady deal includes $30M bonus

Tom Brady's contract extension creates significant salary cap room for the next two years, but Brady made out better than reported because of a $30 million signing bonus. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, expect by 2100 GMT/4 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Rams RB Jackson to void deal, test market

Steven Jackson voids the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams and will venture to the open market for the first time in his career. (FBN-RAMS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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NFL Notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (FBN-NOTES/, expect by 0030 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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National Basketball Association

The Sports Xchange covers all NBA games; key matchup highlighted below

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Warriors at Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS - Two teams rooted in defense clash with Indiana looking to stretch its current streak to five consecutive wins. (BKN-WARRIORS-PACERS-WRITERTHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0230 GMT/9:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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'The Worm' arrives in North Korea

Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea to film a television documentary with representatives of the Harlem Globetrotters, North Korean state television reports. (KOREA-NORTH-RODMAN/, moved, 450 words)

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NBA Notebook

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

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College Basketball

The Sports Xchange covers all Top 25 games; key matchups highlighted below

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Upset alert? Hoosiers hit the Barn, face quality-win hungry Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Golden Gophers have fallen on hard times after peaking as a top-10 team in January. At 6-8 in the conference, the only path that could lead them to the NCAA Tournament involves beating Indiana or winning the Big Ten conference tournament. (BKC-INDIANA-MINNESOTA-WRITERTHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0230 GMT/9:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Gators eye improved NCAA Tournament seed at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Florida is projected as a possible No. 1 seed in the South region but to land on that line, the Gators have to close out the season and conference tournament unblemished. (BKC-FLORIDA-TENNESSEE-WRITERTHRU/ (PIX), expect by 11:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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CBK Notebook

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

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Golf

Defending champ McIlroy looks ahead to Honda Classic PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida - Defending champion and world number one Rory McIlroy looks ahead to this week's Honda Classic at the PGA National where he will again come up against Tiger Woods in a strong field. (GOLF-PGA/MCILROY, moved, by Simon Evans, 450 words)

See also: Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang, who will become the youngest player to compete at the Masters, is attempting to get into this year's British Open at Asian International qualifying on Thursday. (GOLF-OPEN/QUALIFYING-GUAN)

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McIlroy and Woods go head to head after WGC exit

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida - Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy respond to their surprise early exit from last week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship by going head to head in their own private challenge. (GOLF-MCILROY/WOODS, moved, by Simon Evans, 200 words)

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Bradley 'sick' of cheating jibes over long putters

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida - Keegan Bradley says he's sick of being called a 'cheat' by fans for using a long putter, as the controversy over the rules on anchoring intensifies. (GOLF-PGA/BRADLEY, moved, by Simon Evans, 450 words)

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McIlroy urges PGA to avoid rules split over long putters

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida - World No. 1 Rory McIlroy urges the PGA Tour to back whatever decision the game's governing bodies reach over the thorny issue of banning the anchoring of long putters. (GOLF-PGA/MCILROY-PUTTER, moved, by Simon Evans, 650 words)

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Olazabal wants more South African-like talent in Spain

PRETORIA, South Africa - Jose Maria Olazabal is longing for Spanish golf to produce a similar conveyor belt of talent to the one on show in South Africa, the 2012 Ryder Cup-winning captain says. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/OLAZABAL, moved, 450 words)

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Asian turf war one to avoid, says HSBC

SINGAPORE - The political turf war between the Asian Tour and rival OneAsia creates a messy environment that rules out the involvement of global golf sponsor HSBC, the bank's head of sponsorship says. (GOLF-ASIA/HSBC (INTERVIEW), moved, by Patrick Johnston, 800 words)

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Major League Baseball

Papelpon expects to be Phillies' leader

The Philadelphia Phillies lacked leadership last season, according to Jonathan Papelbon, who says he's planning to be the team's leader in 2013. (BBO-PHILLIES-NEWS/FEATURE, expect by 0030 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Fading frenzy a non-factor for Nationals' Gonzalez

Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is marching forward with the aim of matching his stellar 2012 season and leaving the offseason PED distractions behind. (BBO-NATIONALS-NEWS/FEATURE, expect by 0045 GMT/7:45 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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MLB Notebook

The latest news and notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues. (BBO-NEWS/NOTES, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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National Hockey League

The Sports Xchange covers all NHL games; key matchup highlighted below

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Rested Bruins out to remain beast of the East

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins (11-2-2) lead the Eastern Conference in winning percentage and in rest - thanks to a blizzard-caused postponement early in February - but now must endure a full month without consecutive off days, beginning Tuesday against the New York Islanders. (HKN-BRUINS-ISLANDERS-WRITERTHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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NHL Notebook

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

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Soccer

Toronto FC captain calls it a career

TORONTO - Former Germany international and Toronto FC captain Torsten Frings announces his retirement, saying he was unable to return to fitness following off-season hip surgery. (SOCCER-MLS/FRINGS, moved, 250 words)

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Tennis

Djokovic and Del Potro go through in Dubai

DUBAI - Novak Djokovic trounces fellow Serb Viktor Troicki 6-1 6-4 in the Dubai Championships first round as the world No. 1 extends his unbeaten run to 14 matches.(TENNIS-MEN/DUBAI (PIX), moved, by Matt Smith, 400 words)

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Olympics

Russian wrestler returns Olympic gold in protest

MOSCOW - Russia's Sagid Murtazaliev becomes the second wrestler in the last few days to return his Olympic gold medal in protest against the sport's possible exclusion from the Games. (OLYMPICS-WRESTLING/RUSSIA-MEDAL, moved, 300 words)

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Istanbul bid chief says Euro 2020 not on Turkish agenda

LONDON - Istanbul Olympic bid organizers say the country's sole aim is to win the right to host the 2020 Games despite being earmarked as one of the potential hosts for soccer's European Championship being held the same year. (OLYMPICS-TURKEY/ISTANBUL, moved, 300 words)

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