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The Bulls' Kris Dunn drives to the basket against Washington's Jabari Parker during the second half of Wednesday's game in Chicago. Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists as the Bulls won, 126-120. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert made all seven shots and added 18, and the Utah Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the New York Knicks 137-116

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Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy stops the puck during the third period of the team's game against the Capitals on Wednesday in Washington. Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves in Tampa Bay's 5-4 win in overtime. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Andrei Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning won their sixth consecutive game by beating the Washington Capitals 5-4 in overtime in a potential playoff preview

Embiid gets 37 and 22 to lead 76ers past Celtics 118-115

The 76ers' Jimmy Butler, center, celebrates after scoring a basket against Boston's Kyrie Irving during the second half of Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 118-115. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Joel Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Boston Celtics 118-115 for their sixth...

Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agent

Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox connects on a solo home run in a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves on March in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.

Led by deGrom, new-look Mets gear up for rugged NL East

In this Feb. 14 file photo, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, left, talks with teammate Zack Wheeler while stretching during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

New York added five recent All-Stars in second baseman Robinson Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos, infielder Jed Lowrie and reliever Jeurys Familia.

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Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agent

Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox connects on a solo home run in a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves on March in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.

Led by deGrom, new-look Mets gear up for rugged NL East

In this Feb. 14 file photo, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, left, talks with teammate Zack Wheeler while stretching during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

New York added five recent All-Stars in second baseman Robinson Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos, infielder Jed Lowrie and reliever Jeurys Familia.

Defending World Series champion Red Sox hope to repeat

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora talks with Minnesota Twins players before the start of a spring training game on March 13 at Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Somehow, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora looked at Mookie Betts' MVP season and saw room for improvement.

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Newly signed Le'Veon Bell feels 'amazing' about joining Jets

Then-Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell smiles during an Oct. 29, 2017 game against the Lions in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

Le'Veon Bell says he feels "amazing" about becoming a member of the New York Jets and looks forward to doing everything he can to make quarterback Sam Darnold's life easier on the field

Pats trade for Bennett, lose two starters to open free agency

Then-New England wide receiver Josh Gordon runs for a touchdown after catching a pass during the second half of a Dec. 2, 2018 game against Minnesota in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots aren’t ready to give up on the possibility of Gordon playing football again in New England. The team extended qualifying offers to the restricted free agent receiver as well as defensive back Jonathan Jones on Wednesday. Gordon could rejoin New England only if he’s reinstated from his latest suspension for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

Patriots lose starters Trey Flowers and Trent Brown, add Michael Bennett as free agency opens

Beckham gone, Giants' turn of fortunes stunning

Then-Giants' wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates a catch against Carolina during the first half of an Oct. 7, 2018 game in Charlotte, N.C.The Giants agreed to trade Beckham to Cleveland on Tuesday. (Jason E. Miczek/AP Photo)

After their first season under general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur, the New York Giants entered the offseason thinking a couple of pieces in free agency might help them get back to the playoffs for only the second time since 2011

What happened to Raiders' and Jets' rebuilding plans?

Then-Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gestures prior to the team's Dec. 2, 2018 game against Chicago at MetLife Stadium. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

What happened to Raiders and Jets rebuilding plans? Maybe they should be switched to Steelers and Giants.

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The Bulls' Kris Dunn drives to the basket against Washington's Jabari Parker during the second half of Wednesday's game in Chicago. Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists as the Bulls won, 126-120. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert made all seven shots and added 18, and the Utah Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the New York Knicks 137-116

Embiid gets 37 and 22 to lead 76ers past Celtics 118-115

The 76ers' Jimmy Butler, center, celebrates after scoring a basket against Boston's Kyrie Irving during the second half of Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 118-115. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Joel Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Boston Celtics 118-115 for their sixth...

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Brooklyn's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, center, receives congratulations from his teammates after he scored the game-winning basket to give the Nets a 123-121 victory over the Kings on Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo)

D'Angelo Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining, and Brooklyn rallied to beat Sacramento 123-121 Tuesday night

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Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy stops the puck during the third period of the team's game against the Capitals on Wednesday in Washington. Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves in Tampa Bay's 5-4 win in overtime. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Andrei Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning won their sixth consecutive game by beating the Washington Capitals 5-4 in overtime in a potential playoff preview

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Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes the save against New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) during the second period of Tuesday's game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Kuraly, Rask lead Bruins to 5-0 win over Islanders

Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Sean Kuraly scored twice and Tuukka Rask earned his 45th career shutout as the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 5-0 on Tuesday night.

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Defending World Series champion Red Sox hope to repeat

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora talks with Minnesota Twins players before the start of a spring training game on March 13 at Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Somehow, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora looked at Mookie Betts' MVP season and saw room for improvement.

100-win Yankees limp into season with many injuries

In this Feb. 14, photo, New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez bats at the spring training baseball facility in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The New York Yankees open the season with likely baseball's most accomplished injured list.

Ichiro cheered at Tokyo Dome as Mariners win MLB opener

Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki shakes hands with first baseman Jay Bruce (32) while leaving the field for defense substitution in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Wednesday in the Major League Baseball opener.

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Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes the save against New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) during the second period of Tuesday's game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

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Baseball

5:30 a.m., ESPN — MLB: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics from Tokyo.

1 p.m., SNY — Exhibition: Miami Marlins at New York Mets from Port St. Lucie, Fla.

6 p.m., NESN Plus, WEEI (103.7-FM) — Exhibition: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox from Fort Myers, Fla.

Basketball

12:15 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Louisville vs. Minnesota in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

12:40 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Louisiana State vs. Yale in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

1:30 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Auburn vs. New Mexico State in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

2 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Florida State vs. Vermont in Division I tournament from Hartford.

2:45 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Bradley vs. Michigan State in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

3:10 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Belmont vs. Maryland in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

4 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Kansas vs. Northeastern in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

4:30 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Marquette vs. Murray State in Division I tournament from Hartford.

6:50 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Florida vs. Nevada in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

7:10 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Abilene Christian vs. Kentucky in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

7:20 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Gonzaga in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

7:20 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Saint Mary's vs. Villanova in Division I tournament from Hartford.

9:20 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Michigan vs. Montana in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

9:40 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Seton Hall vs. Wofford in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

9:50 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Old Dominion vs. Purdue in Division I tournament from Hartford.

9:57 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Baylor vs. Syracuse in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

Bowling

8 p.m., FS1 — PBA: World Championship from Allen Park, Mich.

Figure Skating

1 p.m., NBCSN — World Championships pairs free skate from Saitama, Japan. (taped today)

3 p.m., NBCSN — World Championships men's short program from Saitama, Japan. (taped today)

Golf

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Valspar Championship from Palm Harbor, Fla.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Founders Cup from Phoenix.

3:30 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Maybank Championship from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN, MSG — NHL: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils.

Lacrosse

5 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Maryland at Penn State.

Soccer

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 — UEFA Euro 2020: Russia at Belgium in a qualifier from Brussels.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — Men's exhibition: Ecuador at United States from Orlando, Fla. 

Tennis

11 a.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open. 

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open.

Wrestling

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA Championships from Pittsburgh.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA Championships from Pittsburgh.