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--DODGERS, DIAMONDBACKS ARRIVE DOWN UNDER, FIRST WORKOUTS HELD

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers arrived to a very low-key welcome in Australia for their Major League Baseball season-opening series this weekend after 15-hour flights from the U.S. west coast.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BBN-DODGERS-DIAMONDBACKS-AUSTRALIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-03-18-00-08-39

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--STEPHENSON SCORES 25 AS PACERS HAND 76ERS THEIR FRANCHISE-RECORD 21ST STRAIGHT LOSS, 99-90

Lance Stephenson scored 25 points as the Indiana Pacers came back from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia 99-90, handing the 76ers their club-record 21st straight loss.

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--HALL OF FAMER JULI INKSTER WILL BE SOLHEIM CUP CAPTAIN FOR US TEAM IN GERMANY IN 2015

Juli Inkster, the most prolific American in Solheim Cup history, has been selected captain of a team that has lost the last two times to Europe.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GLF-SOLHEIM-CUP-INKSTER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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--LATE EQUALIZER GIVES BILBAO 1-1 DRAW AT 10-MAN VILLARREAL IN SPANISH LEAGUE

Aritz Aduritz made up for a penalty miss with a late equalizer to give Athletic Bilbao a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in the Spanish league.

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--BRUINS FINALLY BEAT WILD AT HOME, EXTEND OVERALL WINNING STREAK TO 9 GAMES

Jarome Iginla scored two goals and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots as the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

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