BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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OAKLAND, Calif. _ By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ BKN--CAVALIERS-COACHING SEARCH _ A person familiar with the meeting tells The Associated Press that the Cavaliers interviewed longtime Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina. By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words, photos.
PITTSBURGH _ In a game full of monster shots, Hunter Pence hit the biggest home run of all. Pence connected for a pinch-hit grand slam and the Texas Rangers rallied late, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6. The Rangers trailed 6-2 before three walks by reliever Michael Feliz loaded the bases for Pence. He sent the first pitch off the foul pole in left field to tie it. By Alan Saunders. SENT: 800 words, photos.
HOUSTON _ Michael Brantley homered twice, Brad Peacock pitched seven innings and Josh James completed the 3-hitter in Houston’s 9-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.
DALLAS _ Goaltender Ben Bishop talked somberly about the end of the season. Defenseman John Klingberg described his emotions as pretty empty. After a double-overtime loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals, it was hard for the Dallas Stars to reflect on just how far they had come in coach Jim Montgomery’s first season and the positive effect it should have moving on to next season. “Yeah, I’m sure it can,” top-line center Tyler Seguin said, though the sting was still fresh after a 2-1 loss in St. Louis. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 830 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS _ Jordan Binnington still doesn’t look nervous. Sure, the standout rookie goalie for the St. Louis Blues admitted he got a little tired late in the double-overtime win over Dallas in Game 7. But he said he is ready to keep his strong play going as St. Louis advanced the Western Conference final for the first time since 2016. “I was pretty happy to see that puck go in, and in front of a home crowd, the atmosphere was crazy,” Binnington said. “It was a fun experience.” By Joe Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.
DALLAS _ Brooks Koepka has won three majors since he last played at the Byron Nelson two years ago, before the tournament moved to a new links-style course south of downtown Dallas. A week before defending his title at the now-earlier PGA Championship, the third-ranked Koepka and No. 19 Patrick Reed are the only top-20 players in the field. They are among 14 of the top 50 in the world ranking at soggy Trinity Forest this week. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 540 words, photos.
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