BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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HOUSTON _ Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points with a season-high 21 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks withstand a 42-point performance from James Harden and get a 116-109 win over the Houston Rockets. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
DALLAS _ Luka Doncic scored 30 points as the Dallas Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak against Phoenix with a 104-94 victory against the last-place Suns. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Marc Gasol had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a six-game slide with a 96-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. By Clay Bailey. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Dedric Lawson had a season-high 31 points plus 14 rebounds as No. 7 Kansas won its 13th straight home game, defeating No. 25 TCU 77-68. By Shaun Goodwin. SENT: 600 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA _ Quinton Rose scored 22 points and Temple handed No. 17 Houston its first loss of the season, 73-69. By Dave Zeitlin. SENT: 650 words, photos.
_ BKC--STEPHEN F AUSTIN-NICHOLLS STATE _ Brandon Moore scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Nicholls State to a 78-73 win over Stephen F. Austin. SENT: 150 words.
_ BKC--NEW ORLEANS-LAMAR _ Ezekiel Charles had a career-high 22 points as New Orleans defeated Lamar 78-71 in overtime. SENT: 150 words.
_ BKC--SAM HOUSTON ST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS _ Zach Nutall had 18 points off the bench to lift Sam Houston State to a 78-69 win over Central Arkansas, ending the Bearkats’ seven-game road losing streak. SENT: 130 words.
_ BKC--ABILENE CHRISTIAN-McNEESE _ Payten Ricks hit five 3-pointers, scored 19 points and made six assists, Jaren Lewis added 15 points with five assists, and Abilene Christian held off McNeese 73-72 for coach Joe Golding’s 100th career win. SENT: 150 words.
_ BKC--TEXAS A&M-CC-NORTHWESTERN ST _ Kareem South scored 19 points, including the game-winning free throw, Elijah Schmidt blocked a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Northwestern State 62-61. SENT: 150 words.
WACO, Texas _ Kalani Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds, Lauren Cox added 13 points and 10 rebounds and No. 4 Baylor beat Kansas State 65-50 after momentarily falling behind in the third quarter. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ BKW--T25-OKLAHOMA-TEXAS _ Destiny Littleton scored 15 points and Joyner Holmes had her first double-double of the season to help No. 11 Texas beat Oklahoma 73-63 for the Longhorns’ sixth win in a row. SENT: 220 words.
_ BKW--T25-TCU-IOWA ST _ Bridget Carleton had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 20 Iowa State to a 92-54 victory over TCU for its seventh straight win. SENT: 200 words,
FRISCO, Texas _ Tavon Austin’s fresh start with the Dallas Cowboys wasn’t much different than the stale final season the versatile receiver endured with the Los Angeles Rams. The difference is that Austin has a chance to change the feeling _ against his former team, in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Cowboys traded for Austin during the draft, but he missed nine games after injuring a groin. While he was out just one game last season under first-year Rams coach Sean McVay, Austin was hampered by wrist and hamstring issues while simply getting buried on the depth chart. He’s trying not to view Saturday night’s game in LA as a matchup of a team that wanted him against a team that didn’t. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 590 words, photos.
FBN--ZEKE AND TODD
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ Todd Gurley roots for running backs when he watches football. A playoff duel between arguably the two best ball-carriers in the NFL would be irresistible to him as a fan. Gurley won’t be watching the Los Angeles Rams’ playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys from his couch, however. He’ll be in the Coliseum on Saturday night to go up against Ezekiel Elliott in a tantalizing matchup that should play a large role in deciding which team moves on to the NFC championship game. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 850 words, photos.
_ FBC--BEAR BRYANT AWARD _ Dabo Swinney won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year award for the third time in four years, two days after leading Clemson to its second national championship in three years. SENT: 150 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28, the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day. The Chicago Cubs will open at Texas that day, and the Houston Astros will open on the road at Tampa Bay. SENT: 400 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ Free agent right-hander Shelby Miller has signed a $2 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers and can make another $3 million in performance bonuses. The Rangers expect Miller to be fully healthy by the start of spring training. The 28-year-old had Tommy John surgery in May 2017 while with Arizona, and he made four only starts last year with the Diamondbacks before going on the disabled list in mid-July with right elbow inflammation. He made one relief appearance at the end of last season. SENT: 400 words.
SOC--COLUMBUS CREW-NEW OWNERS
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Columbus Crew has new owners and management, and the team plans a summer groundbreaking for a $230 million downtown stadium. The Save the Crew movement gained momentum last year after the team owner, Precourt Sports Ventures, announced plans to move the franchise to Austin, Texas. The incoming ownership group includes Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, and former Crew team physician Peter Edwards, whose family owns a Columbus-based development/construction business. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 460 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
HONOLULU _ Jordan Spieth showed up in Hawaii three years ago hopeful that a new year would be more of a continuation than a fresh start. Back then, he was coming off two majors, five victories, the FedEx Cup and he was No. 1 in the world. The Texan is in a different spot at the Sony Open. Spieth went through an entire year without a trophy for the first time as a pro. He didn’t have even a mathematical chance at the FedEx Cup because he didn’t make it to the Tour Championship for the first time. Spieth starts the year at No. 17. So is this a fresh start or a continuation? In his case, a little of both. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 840 words, photos.
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