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NEW ORLEANS _ The playoff-contending Houston Rockets seek their fifth victory in six games when they visit the Pelicans on Sunday night. New Orleans has lost seven of eight as it plays out a non-playoff season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CDT.
BOSTON _The Celtics return home coming off their third straight loss, which included squandering an 18-point, fourth-quarter lead at Charlotte. They host a Spurs team that is also slumping. San Antonio has lost two straight and is eighth in the West with nine games play. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CDT.
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TULSA, Okla. _ No. 3 seed Texas Tech faces No. 6 seed Buffalo in the West Region for a spot in the Sweet 16. Each team has an elite scorer. Tech features Big 12 Player of the Year Jarrett Culver. Buffalo’s star is MAC Player of the Year CJ Massinburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m. CDT.
TULSA, Okla. _ No. 3 seed Houston faces surprising No. 11 seed Ohio State in the Midwest Region for a spot in the Sweet 16. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Avery Johnson brought attention, more fans and several highly rated recruits to Alabama’s basketball program. He could not, however, win enough to stick around. Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Sunday that Alabama and Johnson “made the decision to mutually part ways” after his fourth season coaching the Crimson Tide. Johnson’s buyout under a contract extension reached in August 2017 would be $8 million. As a player, he helped the San Antonio Spurs win an NBA championship in 1999. He also played for Golden State, Seattle, Denver, Dallas and Houston during a 16-year professional career.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas _ No. 4 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon looks to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season when the Aggies host a second-round game with Marquette, which eyes its first-ever trip to the round of 16. By Kristie Rieken. 700 words.
EUGENE, Ore. _ While Indiana may have surprised Texas in the opening round of the NCAA, second-round opponent Oregon will pose a much greater challenge when the two teams meet on Sunday night. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CDT.
WACO, Texas _ Baylor and California have been in this spot before. For the third time in six years, they will meet in a second-round women’s NCAA Tournament game in Waco. Both teams have dominating post players. The Big 12 champion Lady Bears will be trying to get to their 11th Sweet 16 in a row. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas _ Team Penske’s Will Power will start from pole position to lead the field into the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Power has 35 career race wins and Sunday offers an extra $100,000 bonus if he can win from pole position, something he has done 16 times. Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay will start second and third. The top rookie qualifier is Colton Herta of Harding Steinbrenner Racing in fourth. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Developing.
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