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DALLAS _ Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks celebrated the final home game of the 40-year-old’s record 21st season with the same franchise with a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.
DALLAS _ Dirk Nowitzki strolled past the crowd of cameras saying “it’s like the NBA Finals” for what had all the appearances of his last arrival for a home game. The Dallas Mavericks were making good on owner Mark Cuban’s promise to make a big deal about the final home game of Nowitzki’s record 21st season with the same franchise. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 510 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-RATINGS _ An average of 19.6 million people watched as Virginia beat Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament championship game, an increase of 23% over last year. SENT: 160 words, photos.
BKC--TEXAS TECH WRAPUP
MINNEAPOLIS _ Brandone Francis plopped down in front of the Texas Tech locker room stalls where Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens were seated, their eyes red and wet as they clasped hands in consolation and solidarity while Virginia was celebrating on the court. Three of the team’s four seniors were still trying to process the fresh agony of losing in overtime of the national championship game with the life-changing and program-lifting season the Red Raiders (31-7) had just finished. In this rawest of moments they experienced, the sadness was too strong to push aside. “It’s so hard to come up short, man,” Mooney said in the softest of his voices, staring straight down at the floor after Texas Tech lost 85-77 in Minneapolis. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 770 words, photos.
PHOENIX _ By Jose Romero. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HOUSTON _ By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ BBA--YANKEES-SEVERINO _ Yankees ace Luis Severino has a Grade 2 lat strain and will stop throwing for six weeks. SENT: 110 words.
BBA--ASTROS-MASCOT CANNON SUIT
HOUSTON _ A woman has sued the Houston Astros for more than $1 million, saying that a T-shirt cannon by the team’s mascot at a game last season broke her finger. The Houston Chronicle reports that Jennifer Harughty alleges that the mascot, who is named Orbit, “shattered” her left index finger during a game last July when a T-shirt fired from a “bazooka style” cannon into the stands struck her finger. SENT: 300 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars already are due to meet in the next Winter Classic, and the Central Division teams have a chance to add to a growing rivalry with the first postseason series between them starting Wednesday night with Game 1. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 820 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas _ DeMarcus Lawrence may not be the highest-paid Dallas Cowboys player in history for long. Doesn’t mean the club’s best defensive end can’t enjoy the distinction while it lasts. The 26-year-old Lawrence has signed a five-year, $105 million contract, with $65 million guaranteed. He then was asked repeatedly to try to reflect on what it means to have a $21 million-per-year average that tops retired quarterback Tony Romo, pass rushing predecessor and franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware and receiver Dez Bryant before him. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 790 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ The first NFL exhibition game in Hawaii in 43 years highlights the league’s preseason schedule just announced. Dallas will play the Los Angeles Rams at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Aug. 17. The last preseason match there featured the 49ers and Chargers in 1976. SENT: 210 words.
AUGUSTA, Ga. _ As the man in the green jacket recounted the incredulous events of the past week, Corey Conners cocked his head to one side and smiled ever so slightly. Almost as if he couldn’t believe it, either. A little over a week ago, Conners snatched the last spot in the Valero Texas Open by the skin of his teeth. Then he won the tournament with 10 birdies in the final round, claiming the last opening at the Masters. So here he is at Augusta National. Ready to compete for a green jacket. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 830 words, photos.
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