BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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LOS ANGELES _ By Greg Beacham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NEW ORLEANS _ Julius Randle had 27 points and 18 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Dallas Mavericks 132-106. By Brett Martel. SENT: 750 words, photos.
DALLAS _ By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BKC--T25-ARK-PINE BLUFF-TEXAS TECH
LUBBOCK, Texas _ Defense cures a lot of problems and not many teams operate at that end of the court better than 13th-ranked Texas Tech right now. The Red Raiders stayed unbeaten by pulling away from pesky Arkansas-Pine Bluff 65-47 at United Supermarkets Arena, and their customary defensive performance was a big reason why. SENT: 550 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas _ Marcus Evans scored 16 points and De’Riante Jenkins added 12, helping VCU hand Texas its second straight loss at home against a mid-major opponent 54-53. By Mark Rosner. SENT: 600 words.
_ BKC--NORTH DAKOTA-TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY _ Javon Levi scored 15 points and made a career-high six steals to lead four Vaqueros in double-digit scoring and UT Rio Grande Valley got 21 steals and forced 30 turnovers to beat North Dakota 70-56 for the Fighting Hawks’ fourth straight loss. SENT: 190 words.
_ BKC--NORTH TEXAS-INDIANA STATE _ Jorden Duffy scored a season-high 23 points, Ryan Woolridge had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and North Texas beat Indiana State 80-69. SENT: 160 words.
_ BKC--TEXAS STATE-TEXAS A&M-CC _ Alonzo Sule had 22 points as Texas State beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 61-55. SENT: 200 words.
_ BKC--TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN-PACIFIC _ SENT: 150 words.
BKW--T25-INCARNATE WORD-MINNESOTA _ Destiny Pitts scored 15 points and No. 14 Minnesota stayed unbeaten, topping Incarnate Word 75-39. SENT: 200 words.
FRISCO, Texas _ DeMarcus Lawrence isn’t on pace to match last season’s 14½ sacks that earned him the franchise tag and $17.1 million this year. For his Dallas teammates and coaches, the defensive end’s encore is a success by any measure. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 680 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has agreed to become Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California. Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. He went 35-40 in six seasons in charge of his alma mater, but the Red Raiders consistently had one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ FBC--SEC COACHES-AWARDS _ Southeastern Conference coaches have named Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen as offensive and defensive players of the year. Texas A&M’s Braden Mann is the pick as top special-teams player and Crimson Tide receiver Jaylen Waddle is freshman of the year. SENT: 130 words, photos.
_ FBC--TEXAS TECH-COACHES _ New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has brought six more of his assistant coaches from Utah State to be on his staff with the Red Raiders. SENT: 130 words.
_ FBH--HS PLAYOFFS
USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival. The embattled organization has filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition as it attempts to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to forestall its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics filed the petition in Indianapolis, where it is based. It faces 100 lawsuits representing 350 athletes in various courts across the country who blame the group for failing to supervise Larry Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them. USA Gymnastics’ former president, Steve Penny, has not guilty in a Texas courtroom to evidence tampering in the sexual assault investigation of the now-imprisoned sports doctor. Prosecutors said he destroyed or hid documents related to Nassar’s activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the ex-national training center near Huntsville, Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them. By Will Graves. SENT: 950 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
_ DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-FALLOUT
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