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Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet this month in Mesa, Ariz. By Beth Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— SWM--Phelps Comeback-Legacy. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BBO--PATERNITY LEAVE IN SPORTS
The Mets' Daniel Murphy was criticized on talk radio for spending three days with his family after the birth of his son. His team leapt to his defense. The four major North American sports leagues are becoming increasingly open to paternity leave as more players want to be around when a baby arrives. By Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 850 words, photos.
GLF--ON GOLF: BUBBA'S ENCORE
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Much is expected of major champions. Win two of them and the expectations grow. Augusta National suits Bubba Watson perfectly. That doesn't mean his game is limited to the Masters. That's the next step for one of golf's most exciting players. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
PRETORIA, South Africa — The prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial tries to show that the Olympic runner is lying when he says he killed his girlfriend by mistake. He points to what he says are Pistorius' numerous inconsistencies in his account of the fatal shooting. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 800 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Barry Trotz, who has coached one team longer than anyone currently in the NHL, will not be back for a 16th season with the Predators. Nashville, which has been coached only by Trotz, is not renewing his contract. The team missed the playoffs the last two seasons. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 550 words, photos.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers go for their 10th in a row when they play the Cardinals. Milwaukee is 10-2 and off to its best start since opening the 1987 season at 13-0. Matt Garza starts for the Brewers against Lance Lynn of St. Louis. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
PHOENIX — The Memphis Grizzlies look to clinch the final playoff berth in the West and eliminate the Phoenix Suns from postseason contention when the teams meet in their next-to-last game. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The WNBA holds its draft, with the Connecticut Sun expected to take Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford or Odyssey Sims of Baylor with the first pick. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Draft starts 8 p.m.
CAR--INDYCAR-IN THE PITS
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ed Carpenter's decision in November to race only on ovals and turn his car over to a more skilled driver on road and street courses is validated by Mike Conway's victory at Long Beach. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 650 words, photos.
HKN--NHL PLAYOFFS-10 THINGS
Ten things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin this week with a new format, some stars trying to return from injuries and renewed rivalries. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for having the NHL's best record during the regular season. Next up are the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CHICAGO — With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane expected back from their injuries, the Chicago Blackhawks begin what they hope will be another Stanley Cup run. The defending champions open against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Forget the 109 points. The scoring title for Sidney Crosby. The steady play of Marc-Andre Fleury. The long slog through the regular season will be forgotten if the Pittsburgh Penguins don't make a deep run through the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Penguins know it. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.