>>NFL Salary Cap Increasing More Than 10-Million, Tag Deadline Tuesday

(New York, NY) — The NFL’s salary cap for the 2018 season is increasing more than 10-million-dollars. Multiple sources says the cap will rise from 167-million to 177.2-million per team. That’s down from a 12-million-dollar jump the season before, but still the fifth straight year the salary cap has increased by at least 10-million-dollars.

>>NFL Franchise Tags Have To Be Applied By Today

(Undated) — The deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise tag is 4 p.m. Eastern today. Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell tells ESPN he expects to be tagged for the second straight year. NFL Network reports the Rams will tag either wide receiver Sammy Watkins or defensive back Lamarcus Joyner. Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence signed his franchise tender on Monday.

>>NCAA Conference Tournament Roundup

(Undated) — Two more tickets are punched to the NCAA Tournament. UNC Greensboro topped East Tennessee State 62-47 in the Southern Conference title game. Iona is also going dancing after beating Fairfield 83-71 in the MAAC championship game. The ACC Tournament starts today. Cleveland State tries to finish off a magical run in the Horizon League Tournament tonight against Wright State.

>>Nance Has Career Night In First Cavs Start

(Cleveland, OH) — Larry Nance Junior’s first start for the Cavaliers is a smashing success. Nance posted a career-high 22 points and 15 rebounds as Cleveland crushed the Pistons 112-90 at Quicken Loans Arena. He moved into the first unit due to Tristan Thompson’s ankle injury. LeBron James paced the Cavs with 31 points, seven boards and seven assists.

>>Canelo Fails Drug Test Before Triple-G Fight

(Undated) — The status of the Canelo Alvarez-“GGG” rematch is up in the air. Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. ESPN reports urine samples collected February 17th and 20th both contained the prohibited substance. The Alvarez camp claims clenbuterol showed up on his test due to a meat contamination. The fight is scheduled for May 5th in Las Vegas.

>>MONDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Indiana Pacers 92, Milwaukee Bucks 89
Cleveland Cavaliers 112, Detroit Pistons 90
Miami Heat 125, Phoenix Suns 103
Boston Celtics 105, Chicago Bulls 89
San Antonio Spurs 100, Memphis Grizzlies 98
Utah Jazz 94, Orlando Magic 80
Portland Trail Blazers 108, Los Angeles Lakers 103

NHL
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Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Calgary Flames 3 (OT)
Buffalo Sabres 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Ottawa Senators 3, Dallas Stars 2 (OT)
Edmonton Oilers 4, Arizona Coyotes 3 (OT)
Vancouver Canucks 4, New York Islanders 3 (OT)

MLB Grapefruit League
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St. Louis Cardinals 2, Washington Nationals 1 (at Jupiter, FL)
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Minnesota Twins 3 (at Clearwater, FL)
Houston Astros 5, Miami Marlins 3 (at West Palm Beach, FL)
Atlanta Braves 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (at Kissimmee, FL)
New York Mets 4, Detroit Tigers 2 (at Port St. Lucie, FL)

MLB Cactus League
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Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Cleveland Indians 1 (at Glendale, AZ)
Los Angeles Angels 7, Cincinnati Reds 5 (at Goodyear, AZ)
Texas Rangers 5, San Francisco Giants 4 (at Surprise, AZ)
Chicago White Sox 9, Oakland Athletics 9 (at Mesa, AZ)
Chicago Cubs 5, Colorado Rockies 4 (at Scottsdale, AZ)
Arizona Diamondbacks 10, San Diego Padres 3 (at Peoria, AZ)

Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 88, San Francisco Dons 60 (West Coast Conference Tournament at Las Vegas, NV)
BYU Cougars 85, #19 Saint Mary’s Gaels 72 (West Coast Conference Tournament at Las Vegas, NV)

>>TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Hornets
7:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors
7:00 p.m. – Miami Heat at Washington Wizards
8:00 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder
8:30 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks
10:00 p.m. – New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers
10:30 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at LA Clippers
10:30 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets at Golden State Warriors

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers
7:00 p.m. – Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils
7:00 p.m. – Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins
7:30 p.m. – Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning
8:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild
8:00 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
8:30 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks
10:00 p.m. – Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks

MLB Grapefruit League
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1:05 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays (at Port Charlotte, FL)
1:05 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins (at Jupiter, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Houston Astros (ss) at Washington Nationals (at West Palm Beach, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins (at Fort Myers, FL)
1:05 p.m. – New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (at Lakeland, FL)
1:07 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Toronto Blue Jays (at Dunedin, FL)
1:10 p.m. – Houston Astros (ss) at New York Mets (at Port St. Lucie, FL)

MLB Cactus League
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3:05 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds (at Goodyear, AZ)
3:05 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (at Mesa, AZ)
3:05 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics (at Mesa, AZ)
3:05 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago White Sox (at Glendale, AZ)
3:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels at Arizona Diamondbacks (at Scottsdale, AZ)
8:05 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Kansas City Royals (at Surprise, AZ)
8:40 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at Seattle Mariners (at Peoria, AZ)

Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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9:00 p.m. – #6 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. BYU Cougars (West Coast Conference Championship at Las Vegas, NV)