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ATLANTA — The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to strengthen their hold on the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference when they face the Atlanta Hawks, currently third in the conference, on Friday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers play their first game in their home ballpark since last year’s ALDS. It’s against Cleveland in a spring training game. UPCOMING. 500 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — New York’s young fireballing rotation led the Mets back to the World Series at last. Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz are eager for an encore after missing a chance at a championship — and they’re not the only ones expecting big things from the starters, just ask the every-other-year champion San Francisco Giants. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BKC–FINAL FOUR-BIG EAST BACK
HOUSTON — The Big East is back in the Final Four, reinvented and re-establishing itself as one of the best basketball conferences in the country. The Wildcats play Oklahoma in Saturday night’s first national semifinal, making Villanova the first Big East team to reach the Final Four since the conference essentially dropped major college football after the 2013 season. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon.