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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

March 31, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ The Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon try to salvage a split of a four-game series when they send lefty Wade Miley to the mound against opener Yonny Chirinos and the Tampa Bay Rays. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas _ Cole Hamels is the second former Rangers ace to pitch against Texas in consecutive days, when the lefty and the Chicago Cubs wrap up a season-opening three-game series. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:05 p.m. CDT.





OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Thunder have clinched a playoff spot, but they have been struggling and need to build momentum as Dallas visits. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m. CDT.


SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs continue the jostling for seeding near the bottom of the playoff race with all the West postseason spots already set. Sacramento is the opponent. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CDT.



ANAHEIM, Calif. _ It’s fair to say there would be no Final Four for Texas Tech if there weren’t plenty of places like Fort Scott. Fort Scott Community College in Kansas is one of the 11 stops Red Raiders coach Chris Beard made before he landed the top job in Lubbock, Texas, where he’s built the Red Raiders into a title contender in a mere three years. Arnold Arena is more like a big metal barn with a huge wall in the middle that separates the rodeo arena from the basketball court. Later this year, Beard is expected back at the barn; Fort Scott is inducting him into its sports Hall of Fame. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 630 words, with photos.


BKW--NCAA Women’s Tipping Off

TIPPING OFF: Women’s Elite Eight features all top seeds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The cream of women’s basketball has risen to the top. For the fourth time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, all the No. 1 and 2 seeds advanced to the regional finals. It last happened in 2012, when Baylor won the national championship. The Lady Bears are in position to reach their first Final Four since that season when they face second-seeded Iowa on Monday night. Notre Dame, which Baylor beat for the title that season, will play Stanford in the other Elite Eight game Monday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 660 words, with photos.


GREENSBORO, N.C. _ For the first time in this NCAA Tournament, top overall seed Baylor might actually face a challenge: Finding a way to slow Megan Gustafson. The nation’s leading scorer has second-seeded Iowa in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. By Joedy McCreary. 500 words, file photos.


CHICAGO _ Defending national champion Notre Dame on Monday meets Stanford in the Chicago Region final in a matchup between storied programs with Hall of Fame coaches. The top-seeded Fighting Irish beat Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, while the No. 2 seed Cardinal took out Missouri State. By Andrew Seligman. 600 words, photos.





AUSTIN, Texas _ Final day of coverage of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. By Doug Ferguson. 750 words, photos.




FORT WORTH, Texas _ Jimmie Johnson, his career-long winless streak up to 65 races, starts from the pole at Texas, where he is a seven-time winner. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Race starts 2 p.m. CDT.


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