BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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ATLANTA _ LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs pulled away in the closing minutes for their fourth straight victory, beating the Atlanta Hawks 111-104. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 780 words, photos.
WASHINGTON _ Bradley Beal dunked over 7-foot-2 Salah Mejri then stared him down, the most dramatic part of a 30-point performance that led the Washington Wizards past the Dallas Mavericks 132-123. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 690 words, photos.
WACO, Texas _ Isaac Likekele scored 23 points as Oklahoma State rallied to beat Baylor 67-64. SENT: 650 words, photos.
_ BKC--MIDDLE TENNESSEE-UTEP _ Antonio Green had 26 points as Middle Tennessee defeated UTEP 69-53. SENT: 150 words.
_ BKC--TEXAS A&M-CC-MCNEESE ST _ Kareem South registered 17 points as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defeated McNeese State 59-50. SENT: 150 words.
_ BKC--CENTRAL ARKANSAS-SAM HOUSTON ST _ DeAndre Jones made six straight free throws along with a steal and a key rebound in the final 24 seconds to help Central Arkansas hold off Sam Houston State 91-87 in an upset. SENT: 210 words.
_ BKC--RICE-CHARLOTTE _ Drew Peterson posted 15 points on perfect 6-for-6 shooting, including three 3-pointers, as Rice beat Charlotte 79-70. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKC--UTSA-WESTERN KENTUCKY _ Jhivvan Jackson had 29 points as UTSA edged past Western Kentucky 81-76 in overtime. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKC--INCARNATE WORD-HOUSTON BAPTIST _ Jalon Gates scored 25 points as Houston Baptist beat Incarnate Word 118-111. SENT: 150 words.
_ BKW--BIG 12 AWARDS _ Iowa State senior guard Bridget Carleton has been named the Big 12 women’s basketball player of the year. Baylor’s Kim Mulkey was selected as the top coach for the second year in a row, and the seventh time since 2005. SENT: 150 words, photos.
SURPRISE, Ariz. _ Right-hander Jose Leclerc and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $14.75 million, four-year contract, a deal that covers the seasons the closer would be eligible for salary arbitration. Leclerc gets a $2 million signing bonus and salaries of $1 million this year, $2.25 million in 2020, $4 million in 2021 and $4.75 million in 2022. The Rangers has a 2023 option for $6 million with a $750,000 buyout and a 2024 option at $6.25 million with a $500,000 buyout. SENT: 200 words, photos.
CAR--INDYCAR-FOYT AND WICKENS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ The first IndyCar race of the season will see both A.J. Foyt and paralyzed driver Robert Wickens back at the track. Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash last August and has been rehabilitating in Denver the last several months. The Canadian said he will be part of IndyCar’s driver autograph session and participate in a fan event Sunday before the race in St. Petersburg, Florida. Foyt, meanwhile, has not been to an IndyCar race since June. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner had back surgery in July and then a staph infection, the third for the 84-year-old Texan. He attended last month’s Daytona 500 and acknowledged he has been slowed by poor health and a dislike for hearing aids, but his workload remains about the same. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 480 words, photos.
HOUSTON _ U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter is monitoring Efrain Alvarez, the 16-year-old midfielder who had an assist in his LA Galaxy debut last weekend and is eligible to play for both the Americans and Mexico. Alvarez, who turns 17 on June 19, was born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. He played for the U.S. under-15 team in 2016, Mexico’s under-15 team in 2017 and for Mexico’s under-17 team last year. He has not played for the senior team for either nation. Hired in December, Berhalter had an all-Major League Soccer roster when he coached the Americans’ wins over young Panama and Costa Rica teams early this year. He will have Europe-based players available for the first time when the Americans play exhibitions against Ecuador at Orlando, Florida, on March 21, and Chile in Houston five days later. SENT: 480 words.
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