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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

May 2, 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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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--BLUES-STARS

DALLAS _ By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--ASTROS-TWINS--HOUSTON

MINNEAPOLIS _ Martin Perez pitched eight scoreless innings for Minnesota in his longest start in two seasons, and the Twins used a two-run homer by Jonathan Schoop to build an early lead and beat the Houston Astros 6-0. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBO--PIRATES-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Rookie Bryan Reynolds is closing in on teammate Gregory Polanco for a little piece of Pittsburgh Pirates history. Polanco is enjoying the view. Reynolds kept up his impressive start, hitting a three-run double as the Pirates completed a two-game sweep in Texas by topping the Rangers 7-5. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-ROSAS

MINNEAPOLIS _ With just one appearance in the playoffs over the last 15 years, the Minnesota Timberwolves are seeking progress. They turned to one of the NBA’s most forward-thinking organizations to find their next front office leader. The Timberwolves have decided to hire current Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make the announcement. The 40-year-old Rosas had a three-month stint as general manager of the Dallas Mavericks in 2013, working under president Donnie Nelson and owner Mark Cuban, before resigning because he didn’t feel like it was a good fit for him. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 500 words, photos.

College

Men

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ A former aspiring business manager for NBA players has taken the witness stand at a college basketball bribery trial to deny charges that he paid off coaches at major programs to get their help in landing clients with potential for lucrative pro contracts. “I never paid a coach with the intent of bribing or influencing anyone,” Christian Dawkins told a jury in federal court in Manhattan. Dawkins, 26, described resisting pressure from FBI agents posing as investors in his fledging sports management company to make payouts to coaches at schools including the University of Arizona, University of Southern California, Creighton and Texas Christian University. By Tom Hays. SENT: 470 words, photos. Moved on national general, financial and sports news services.

FOOTBALL:

College

FBC--EX-TEXAS A&M PLAYER-SLAYING

DALLAS _ A former Texas A&M football player has been sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of a Dallas jogger who was hacked to death with a machete in 2015. A Dallas County jury found Thomas Johnson guilty of murder Tuesday for the seemingly random killing of David Stevens and returned the sentence. Johnson was accused of waiting on a trail in East Dallas four years ago and attacking the 53-year-old mechanical engineer as he ran by. SENT: 270 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.

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