BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX
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WASHINGTON _ The San Antonio Spurs know they’re headed to the playoffs, but what’s not clear as they face the eliminated Washington Wizards on Friday night is who their first-round opponent will be. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CDT.
HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets look for their fifth straight victory when they host the New York Knicks. By Jordan Godwin. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CDT.
DALLAS _ Dirk Nowitzki faces Memphis in his second to last home game in what is expected to be the 40-year-old star’s final season with the Mavericks. The 14-time All-Star set a record with 21 seasons with the same franchise. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.
BKW--FINAL FOUR-OREGON-BAYLOR PREVIEW
TAMPA, Fla. _ Kim Mulkey rejects the notion that being the No. 1 overall seed makes Baylor the team to beat in the women’s Final Four. The Lady Bears (35-1), who are riding a 27-game winning streak and have trounced four opponents in the NCAA Tournament by an average of 38 points, face Final Four newcomer Oregon (33-4) in Friday’s national semifinals. The winner advances to Sunday’s championship against either UConn or Notre Dame. Mulkey, who’s won titles as a player and an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech in addition to guiding Baylor to a pair of NCAA crowns, said it would be a mistake to assume the Lady Bears are clearcut favorites. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 970 words, with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CDT.
BKW--FINAL FOUR-UCONN-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW
TAMPA, Fla. _ There’s a different vibe around Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies at this year’s Final Four. Unlike the previous two years, they don’t have the burden of a record winning streak or an unbeaten season. One thing is familiar for the Huskies, however: They have to beat rival Notre Dame to reach the championship game. Heading into their showdown with rival Irish on Friday night, the Huskies have already lost two games this season and don’t have as Auriemma put it “the fear of losing” this year. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 800 words, with photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CDT.
_ BKW--FINAL FOUR-GOTTLIEB’S ANALYSIS. By Lindsay Gottlieb. SENT: 1,000 words, with photo.
_ BKW--FINAL FOUR-IONESCU’S DECISION. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. 400 words.
_ BKW--FINAL FOUR-DAVENPORT-MOVING FORWARD. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. Upcoming: 500 words.
BKC--AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MINNEAPOLIS _ Duke freshman Zion Williamson is The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson made headlines with his highlight-reel dunks and athleticism. He was the runaway choice for the award, claiming 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 800 words and photos.
MINNEAPOLIS _ Fans lined up early for entry Friday into U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Final Four teams hold open-to-the-public workouts. Auburn takes the court first, followed by Virginia, Texas Tech and Michigan State. U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, the home of the Minnesota Vikings and the host of the Super Bowl after the 2017 NFL season. The seating capacity has been expanded for the Final Four to 72,000. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-THE LATEST
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH-MICHIGAN ST. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 700 words, with photos.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA PREVIEW. By Ralph D. Russo. 700 words, with photos.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-NUTRITION. By John Marshall. 880 words, with photos.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-MICHIGAN ST-IZZO. By Larry Lage. 950 words, with photos.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-DEFENSES-HOW THEY WORK. By Aaron Beard. 800 words, with photos.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-BIG TEN BLUEPRINT. By Dave Skretta. 880 words, photos.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 700 words, with photos.
_ BKC--FINAL FOUR-DEFENSIVE MASTERMIND. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. 700 words, with photos
_ BKC--Final Four-Diakite’s Shot. By Boubacar Diallo. 970 words, with photos.
HOUSTON _ Houston’s Collin McHugh opposes Oakland’s Frankie Montas as the Astros look to get on track in their home opener after opening the season with a 2-5 road trip. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.
ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Texas Rangers play Los Angeles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:07 p.m. CDT.
CHICAGO _ The Dallas Stars on Friday night visit the Chicago Blackhawks. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
GLF--VALERO TEXAS OPEN
SAN ANTONIO _ Second day of coverage of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
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