President Obama fills out his NCAA bracket

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President Obama fills out his NCAA bracket

From Comcast SportsNet
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- President Barack Obama likes North Carolina's chances of winning the NCAA title. Obama picked the Tar Heels to win it all in his 2012 NCAA bracket, which was revealed Wednesday on ESPN. He correctly picked North Carolina to win the 2009 NCAA championship. Obama has North Carolina -- a swing state in this year's presidential election -- beating Kentucky in the title game. The Wildcats are the tournament's overall No. 1 seed. Ohio State and Missouri rounded out the president's Final Four. In the Sweet 16, Obama is picking two Cinderella teams -- No. 5 seed New Mexico in the West and No. 11 seed North Carolina State in the Midwest. The past two seasons, Obama picked Kansas as the tournament winner. The Jayhawks were eliminated early both times.

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP