Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 11

Reuters

June 11 (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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The Donald Sterling saga

Shelly Sterling asks court for backing as Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES - Shelly Sterling asks a Los Angeles court to confirm her as the controlling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in an attempt to block estranged husband, Donald Sterling, from possibly stopping the $2 billion sale of the NBA team. (NBA-CLIPPERS/ (PIX), expect by 3 PM ET/1900 GMT, by Eric Kelsey, 400 words)

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Silver says Clippers sale delay a concern

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admits that he's worried the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer will be slowed down in the courts. (BKN-CLIPPERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 1,025 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Heat shrug off Game 3 loss

MIAMI - The San Antonio Spurs were not perfect, but they rarely missed in handing Miami a Game 3 loss, but the Heat are not expecting a repeat performance Thursday. (BKN-HEAT-SPURS-NEWS/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Busy Dalton impresses Bengals coaches

CINCINNATI - All eyes have been on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, on and off the field this offseason. Still, his contract negotiations have been just that. What he could control on the field makes everyone around the building more comfortable shelling out the cash. (FBN-BENGALS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Sidelined Steelers LB Worilds wants deal

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers' highest-salaried player, outside linebacker Jason Worilds, watches OTA practice on the sideline for the seventh time, nursing a calf injury he will not talk about. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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49ers playing it safe with WR Crabtree

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - To avoid a situation like last season, when offensive struggles eventually cost them home-field advantage in the NFC Championship Game, the San Francisco 49ers are taking a cautious approach with receiver Michael Crabtree. (FBN-49ERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Boiling Browns want word on WR Gordon

Head coach Mike Pettine allows for the first time that the Cleveland Browns know wide receiver Josh Gordon is headed for another suspension. It's the wait over the length and timing of that ban that has the first-year coach boiling. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Play or pay: Cowboys await Orton's decision

VALLEY RANCH, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys got played by defensive tackle Jay Ratliff last year. They don't intend to let Kyle Orton do the same again this year. (FBN-COWBOYS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Falcons' youth gets call without Witherspoon

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Late last season, when it became apparent the campaign was slipping away, the Atlanta Falcons made a point to give their younger players more action. That could pay off in spades with Sean Weatherspoon lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles. (FBN-FALCONS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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Oh, there's a game going on??

ORLANDO, Fla. - The losing Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to lure fair-weather fans to the stadium by offering two field-size swimming pools and cabana seating. Additional enticements include the two largest video boards in the business, so big they will light up downtown Jacksonville. (FOOTBALL-POOL/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, by Barbara Liston, 350 words)

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Chicago Bears minicamp report

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The latest news and notes from Chicago Bears minicamp. (FBN-BEARS-NEWS/, expect ASAP after media availability, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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New York Jets minicamp report

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The latest news and notes from New York Jets minicamp. (FBN-JETS-NEWS/, expect ASAP after media availability, The Sports Xchange, by Jerry Beach, 450 words)

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Minnesota Vikings minicamp report

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The latest news and notes from Minnesota Vikings minicamp. (FBN-VIKINGS-NEWS/, expect ASAP after media availability, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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GOLF

Scott still puzzled by his poor U.S. Open record

PINEHURST, N.C. - Adam Scott has been a perennial contender in major championships over the past three years but, for reasons which he finds difficult to explain, he has mainly struggled at the U.S. Open. (GOLF-OPEN/SCOTT (PIX), moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 625 words)

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McIlroy targets two major wins before year-end

PINEHURST, N.C. - Having regained his love of golf after enduring a turbulent 2013 campaign on and off the course, Rory McIlroy is setting his sights on winning at least two of the last three majors this year. (GOLF-OPEN/MCILROY (PIX), moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 675 words)

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Relaxed Rory to drop cell, gets pep talk from Jack

Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open winner, will limit his own cell phone time this week. He learned by unplugging and listening to his elders - namely Jack Nicklaus - that it's time to hush all distractions from his golf pursuits. (GLF-NEWS/, expect by 1930 GMT/3:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

*The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Key matchups highlighted below.

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Athletics 3B Donaldson hits skids

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Josh Donaldson got off to such a hot start, he was being mentioned as an early-season candidate to make a run at the American League MVP award. Though the Oakland A's third baseman still has impressive numbers overall, he is slumping at the plate and in the field. (BBO-ATHLETICS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Haakenson, 425 words)

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Mets GM: Manager Collins safe

NEW YORK - If New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't look or sound like a man under siege, well, it's because he's not. (BBO-METS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Jerry Beach, 375 words)

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Rockies optimistic Gonzalez's tumor benign

DENVER - Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez has a small tumor removed from his left index finger during exploratory surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. (BBO-ROCKIES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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Tigers at White Sox

CHICAGO - Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers match up with John Danks in the Chicago White Sox after Tuesday's rainout. (BBO-WHITESOX-TIGERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 0010 GMT/8:10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Brian Hedger, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Cardinals at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Scoreless for the past 28 innings, the Tampa Bay Rays hope to break out the bats against right-hander Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a two-game series. (BBO-RAYS-CARDINALS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after 7:10 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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MLB Wrap: Orioles host Red Sox with eye on division lead

The Baltimore Orioles will try to close the gap on the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays when they host the division rival Boston Red Sox in one of 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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The full MLB schedule

American League

Minnesota at Toronto, 12:37 PM ET

Cleveland at Kansas City, 2:10 PM ET

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 PM ET

Oakland at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 PM ET

New York Yankees at Seattle, 10:10 PM ET

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 PM ET

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National League

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 PM ET

San Diego at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM ET

Milwaukee at New York Mets, 7:10 PM ET

Atlanta at Colorado, 8:40 PM ET

Washington at San Francisco, 10:15 PM ET

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Interleague

St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM ET

Miami at Texas, 8:05 PM ET

Arizona at Houston, 8:10 PM ET

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Stanley Cup Final: Kings at Rangers

NEW YORK - The Los Angeles Kings look to complete the sweep of the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (HKN-RANGERS-KINGS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after 8 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Everett Merrill, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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SOCCER

World Cup, Brazil (June 12-July 13)

We continue the build-up to the World Cup that starts on Thursday with reports on all the warmup matches and the latest injury and squad news. (SOCCER-WORLD/, expect throughout)

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Talk of U.S. World Cup win 'unrealistic,' says Klinsmann

The chant "I believe that we will win" has become the trademark of the American Outlaws fan group and has even been incorporated into marketing hype for broadcasts of the United States team's World Cup campaign. But one person who is not buying into the far-fetched notion of the U.S. winning the World Cup is head coach Juergen Klinsmann. (SOCCER-WORLD/USA-KLINSMANN/, moved, 425 words)

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FIFA Congress, Sao Paulo

Blatter tenure under spotlight at FIFA congress

SAO PAULO - FIFA's annual congress gets down to business. Sepp Blatter is likely to seek approval from the majority of FIFA's 209 member countries as he weighs standing for a fifth term as president. Michael Garcia, who has investigated claims of corruption involving world soccer's governing body, will address delegates but is unlikely to reveal much about his two-year probe. (SOCCER-FIFA/CONGRESS (PIX, TV), expect stories throughout the day, by Mike Collett)

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Brazil police fear protest violence at World Cup opener

SAO PAULO - Brazilian police fear street demonstrations will erupt in violence prior to the World Cup's opening game, as intelligence indicates a few hundred protesters will try to block roads leading to the stadium. (BRAZIL-WORLDCUP/SECURITY (PIX, TV), moved, by Brian Winter, 650 words)

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Hackers claim attacks on World Cup-related websites

SAO PAULO - Hackers claim they have carried out attacks against dozens of Brazilian websites linked to the soccer World Cup, including those of tournament sponsor Hyundai. (BRAZIL-WORLDCUP/HACKERS, moved, by Esteban Israel, 500 words)

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Brazilians slow to show up at their own World Cup party

SAO PAULO - After inviting the world to its party and spending billions of dollars to put on a show, Brazil suddenly seems reluctant to dance. (BRAZIL-WORLDCUP/MOOD (PIX, TV), moved, by Asher Levine and Esteban Israel, 850 words)

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AUTO RACING

Gordon, Kenseth neck-and-neck entering Michigan

Driver-by-driver capsules previewing the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (CAR-SPRINT-DRIVERCAPSULES/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Bob Moore and Jerry Bonkowski, 275 words per driver)

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Eye on Michigan

A preview of the weekend ahead at Michigan International Speedway. (CAR-SPRINT-NEWS/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, special from NASCAR Wire Service, 400 words)

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TENNIS

Hingis granted Wimbledon doubles wildcard

LONDON - Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis is awarded a wildcard for the Wimbledon doubles competition as she continues her second comeback following her retirement in 2007. (TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/WILDCARD, moved, 100 words)

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Wawrinka ready to banish French Open horrors

LONDON - Stanislas Wawrinka put his tennis rackets away for 12 days after a stunning first-round defeat at the French Open but is happy to get back into action at Queen's Club. (TENNIS-MEN/QUEENS-WAWRINKA, moved, by Tom Hayward, 450 words)

See also: Murray begins new chapter with same winning routine (TENNIS-MEN/QUEENS)

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OLYMPICS

Rising costs force review of Tokyo 2020 venue plans

TOKYO - Rising labor and construction costs are forcing a review of Tokyo's venue plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and could lead to a scaling back of facilities, Japanese officials say. (OLYMPICS/JAPAN, moved, by Elaine Lies, 500 words)

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EXTREME SPORTS

Kayaker who tried to reach Hawaii 'lucky to be alive'

A man who had to be rescued far from the Californian coast after attempting to kayak almost 2,400 miles to Hawaii is "very lucky to be alive," the Coast Guard says. (USA-CALIFORNIA/KAYAK, moved, 200 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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