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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EST on Friday, March 8

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March 8 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Friday:

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

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National Basketball Association

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

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Heat shoot for sweet 17 against Sixers

MIAMI - This season has been all about streaks for the Heat. Miami has won 12 in a row over Philadelphia in the regular season and has a current 16-game winning streak overall. (BKN-HEAT-76ERS-WRITERTHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/10:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

See also: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose receives medical clearance to return to the lineup, but remains hesitant until he feels he's completely ready. (BKN-BULLS-NEWS)

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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)

See also: Former NBA player Renaldo Balkman (Knicks, Nuggets) chokes teammate in Philippines (BKN-NEWS)

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National Hockey League

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

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Hawks repay visit to Avalanche with streak intact

DENVER - Chicago handled Colorado earlier in the week, and now the Blackhawks hit the road with a 21-0-3 record. (HKN-BLACKHAWKS-AVALANCHE-WRITERTHRU/ (PIX), expect by 11:30 p.m. 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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Golf

WGC-Cadillac Championship, Miami (to March 10)

Woods part of leading quintet in round two at Doral

MIAMI - World number two Tiger Woods is one of five men holding the lead heading into Friday's second round of the elite 60-man World Golf Championship event - Spain's Sergio Garcia and Masters champion Bubba Watson are also hoping to hold on to top spot. (GOLF-PGA/ (PIX), expect first copy by 2300 GMT/06:00 PM ET, by Simon Evans, 500 words)

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Puerto Rico Open (to March 10)

Romero, Percy look to hold off pack at Puerto Rico Open

Australian Cameron Percy and Argentina's Andres Romero carry a one-shot lead into Friday's second round of the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club. (GOLF-PGA/PUERTORICO, expect by 0100 GMT/8 PM ET, 250 words)

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Consistent Siddikur takes lead in India

NEW DELHI - Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman cards a third straight four-under-par 68 to take a one-shot lead over India's defending champ holder Anirban Lahiri at the SAIL-SBI Open. (GOLF-ASIA/INDIA, moved, 300 words)

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Major League Baseball

The Chicago White Sox locked up left-hander Chris Sale with a new contract. What does it mean for the franchise moving forward under new GM Rick Hahn? (BBO-WHITESOX-NEWS/FEATURE, expect by 0100 GMT/8 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Detroit's ongoing closer encounter

The Detroit Tigers thought they could be a problem-free team when spring training began. But at the midway point, a trouble spot has emerged: the Tigers have no clue who'll handle the ninth inning. (BBO-TIGERS-NEWS/FEATURE, expect by 0045 GMT/7:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Indians taking closer look at Pestano

Chris Perez has a strained right shoulder and might not start the season on the active roster. That's put extra attention on the fallback plan, Vinnie Pestano. (BBO-INDIANS-NEWS/, expect by 0030 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 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 Football League

Pro day: A&M offensive tackle Joeckel center of attention

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Almost every team in the NFL is present to get an up-close look at offensive tackle Luke Joeckel at Texas A&M's pro day. (FBN-NEWS/, expect by 2245 GMT/4:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Dane Brugler, 650 words)

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Packers primed to pay Rodgers

David Dunn is sure to be seeing a lot of the 920 - the Green Bay area code - popping up on his cell phone this offseason, if it hasn't been already. Dunn represents Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji, who rate 1-2-3 on the Packers' offseason priority list for contract extensions. (FBN-PACKERS-NEWS/, expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Dolphins reel in WR Hartline

The Miami Dolphins complete a five-year, $30.6 million deal with Brian Hartline and re-sign backup quarterback Matt Moore. They were scheduled to hit free agency March 12. (FBN-DOLPHINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Palmer's future grows uncertain in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders have been silent on the subject, and for the most part, so has quarterback Carson Palmer. But the fact remains that in advance of the new league year, the Silver and Black have salary-cap issues and Palmer has a $13 million salary and a cap number of $15 million. (FBN-RAIDERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Browns' Cribbs fears he'll be phased out

With a new regime in place, Cleveland Browns' receiver and return specialist Josh Cribbs has noticed the silence from the front office and expects to play elsewhere next season. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Seahawks scouting for Branch's replacement

The Seattle Seahawks are focused on building through the draft, and could be eyeing Alabama NT Jesse Williams as Alan Branch's replacement if a deal can't be reached with the free agent. (FBN-SEAHAWKS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 475 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)

See also: Jacksonville Jaguars release veteran safety Dawan Landry and cornerback Aaron Ross. (FBN-JAGUARS-NEWS)

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Tennis

Sharapova and Kvitova in second round action at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California - Russian world No. 3 Maria Sharapova takes on Italy's Francesca Schiavone while former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova faces Olga Govortsova of Belarus in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. (TENNIS/INDIAN-WOMEN (PIX), expect first story by 2100 GMT/4 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words)

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Djokovic talks about his title bid at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California - Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, a two-time former winner of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, holds a news conference ahead of his first match at the elite ATP Masters 1000 event. (TENNIS-INDIAN/MEN-DJOKOVIC (PIX), expect by 0030 GMT/7:30 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words)

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Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius challenges strict bail conditions

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers acting for "blade runner" Oscar Pistorius, accused of shooting dead his girlfriend, want his bail conditions relaxed and passports returned so he can travel overseas. (SAFRICA-PISTORIUS, moved; may be led, 300 words)

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