BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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ST PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Yonny Chirinos covered splendidly for Tampa Bay’s taxed bullpen, Austin Meadows hit his second homer and the Rays took three of four games from the Houston Astros with a 3-1 victory Sunday. The Rays had planned to use an opener for the first time this season, but manager Kevin Cash instead turned to the 25-year-old Chirinos rather than push his fatigued relievers. Chirinos pitched seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks while striking out six. The only run came on Jake Marisnick’s homer in the sixth. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 440 words, with photos.
BKC--TEXAS TECH-THE SMALL TIME
ANAHEIM, Calif. _ It’s fair to say there would be no Final Four for Texas Tech if there weren’t plenty of places like Fort Scott. Fort Scott Community College in Kansas is one of the 11 stops Red Raiders coach Chris Beard made before he landed the top job in Lubbock, Texas, where he’s built the Red Raiders into a title contender in a mere three years. Arnold Arena is more like a big metal barn with a huge wall in the middle that separates the rodeo arena from the basketball court. Later this year, Beard is expected back at the barn; Fort Scott is inducting him into its sports Hall of Fame. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 630 words, with photos.
BKW--NCAA WOMEN’S TIPPING OFF
The cream of women’s basketball has risen to the top. For the fourth time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, all the No. 1 and 2 seeds advanced to the regional finals. It last happened in 2012, when Baylor won the national championship. The Lady Bears are in position to reach their first Final Four since that season when they face second-seeded Iowa on Monday night. Notre Dame, which Baylor beat for the title that season, will play Stanford in the other Elite Eight game Monday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 660 words, with photos.
GREENSBORO, N.C. _ For the first time in this NCAA Tournament, top overall seed Baylor might actually face a challenge: Finding a way to slow Megan Gustafson. The nation’s leading scorer has second-seeded Iowa in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. By Joedy McCreary. 500 words, file photos.
CHICAGO _ Defending national champion Notre Dame on Monday meets Stanford in the Chicago Region final in a matchup between storied programs with Hall of Fame coaches. The top-seeded Fighting Irish beat Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, while the No. 2 seed Cardinal took out Missouri State. By Andrew Seligman. 600 words, photos.
_ GLF--MATCH PLAY
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