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CLEVELAND — Johnny Football has been tossed aside. Quarterback Johnny Manziel, the scrambling, Heisman Trophy-winning college star who hasn’t come close to matching his hype in the NFL, was released Friday by the Cleveland Browns following two turbulent and troubling seasons. By Tom Withers. SENT: 1,100 words.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Oakland Athletics and a Cincinnati Reds split squad play a spring training game. By stringer Gary Schatz. UPCOMING: Game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET.
MESA, Ariz. — John Lackey starts for the Chicago Cubs as they take on the Cincinnati Reds. Robert Stephenson starts for Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 3:05 p.m.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Cody Anderson, perfect in two innings in his spring training debut takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians and Chad Bettis, the No. 1 pitcher in the Colorado rotation, goes for the Rockies when the teams meet in spring training action. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words. 3:10 p.m., ET.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Women’s college basketball coaches believe a set of rule changes that included switching to a four-quarter format has improved the game’s pace and increased the level of strategy. At least one prominent coach wouldn’t mind seeing her male counterparts make a similar move. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 980 words.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
ORLANDO, Fla. — Cincinnati faces Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, compiled by the College Desk. Game starts at 2 p.m.
NEW YORK — Fifth-ranked Xavier had a much easier Big East Tournament quarterfinal than its next opponent, Seton Hall. The second-seeded Musketeers (27-4) and third-seeded Pirates (23-8) split their two regular-season meetings. By Rachel Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.
NEW YORK — Top seed Dayton begins its Atlantic 10 Tournament with No. 9 seed Richmond, which beat Fordham in the second round. The Flyers lost in the A-10 finals last year at Barclays Center. Game starts at noon p.m. ET
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INDIANAPOLIS — After surviving against Penn State on Thursday, Ohio State will try to keep its NCAA tourney hopes alive when it faces No. 2 Michigan State in Friday’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. The Buckeyes still need another win, or two, to solidify their resume. Michigan State, the most successful team in Big Ten tourney history, will try to take another step toward another title. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time is 6:30 p.m. ET.
COLUMBUS — The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:
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Friday, March 11, 1 p.m.: Division IV Girls Semifinal, Waterford (26-1) vs. Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (23-4), Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.
BKH_DIV-Semifinal-St. Wendelin-Jackson Center
Friday, March 11, 3 p.m.: Division IV Girls Semifinal, Fostoria St. Wendelin (25-) vs. Jackson Center (21-7), Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.
Friday, March 11, 6 p.m.: Division I Girls Semifinal, Wadsworth (26-1) vs. Reynoldsburg (23-5), Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.
Friday, March 11, 8 p.m.: Division I Girls Semifinal, Solon (18-8) vs. Mason (25-2), Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.