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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX

March 19, 2019

Good morning! 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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NEW YORK _ One of the joys of March Madness is the surprising things that can happen during the NCAA Tournament. For the women, there was an unpleasant surprise before the tournament even began when the field was revealed early thanks to a production error. The bracket was mistakenly broadcast by ESPN hours before the network had its selection show revealing Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville as the No. 1 seeds in the women’s NCAA Tournament on Monday. ESPN apologized and scrambled to air an early selection show to release the brackets while screenshots of the picks were shared across social networks. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 880 words, photos.



NEW YORK _ Baylor coach Kim Mulkey knew her team was going to be pretty good this season. She just didn’t know how good because the Lady Bears had too many unknowns. They turned out to be the best team in the country before the NCAA Tournament, finishing as a unanimous No. 1 in the last Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the season released Monday. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 460 words, photos.



DALLAS _ Dirk Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, but Elfrid Payton had his fifth straight triple-double to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-125 in overtime. SENT: 750 words, photos.


_ BKN--MAVERICKS-NOWITZKI _ Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks became the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer Monday night with another of his signature long-range jumpers. Nowitzki took Luka Doncic’s handoff and backed down New Orleans’ Kenrich Williams before hitting a turnaround from the top of the free-throw circle with 8:35 left in the first quarter. By Dave Jackson. SENT: 420 words, photos.


SAN ANTONIO _ DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 for their ninth straight win. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 750 words, photos.


Spring Training


SURPRISE, Ariz. _ The Texas Rangers’ fear that pitcher Yohander Mendez would miss the entire 2019 season was allayed on Monday when an MRI revealed the 24-year-old had a Grade 1 sprain of the left ulnar collateral ligament. That timetable calls for an April 29 return to throwing, beginning on flat ground from a close distance. By the time Mendez is ready to pitch in a game, it is likely to be another six weeks, probably in mid-June. By Theresa Smith. SENT: 400 words.



_ FBC--FOOTBALL PLAYERS SHOT _ Authorities say two Texas A&M University-Commerce football players are recovering in a Florida hospital after being shot during a robbery. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and sports news services.


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