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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

March 15, 2019

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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Bribery scandal


AUSTIN, Texas _ Gordie Ernst’s Georgetown tennis teams didn’t win any Big East championships. At Wake Forest, Bill Ferguson’s volleyball teams struggled near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings every year. At Stanford, John Vandemoer’s sailing teams competed at a varsity level but in a sport that isn’t sanctioned by the NCAA. But whether winning or losing, the head coaches had the keys to some of the most exclusive campuses in America and the leverage to use them to enrich themselves or their programs. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 850 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.




DENVER _ By Michael Kelly. SENT: 650 words, photos.




KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _Talen Horton-Tucker hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points and Iowa State beat Baylor 83-66 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. By Avery Osen. SENT: 550 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Kamau Stokes had just been hammered by TCU on the way to the basket, and Kansas State’s senior guard was still lying face-down on the floor when a scratchy voice rang out inside Sprint Center. “Make your free throws!” Wildcats coach Bruce Weber yelled. So much for sympathy. Stokes made the first and clanked the second, but the Wildcats secured the rebound and Stokes buried a 3-pointer to atone for the miss. The four-point play allowed Kansas State to edge ahead, and the regular-season champs never trailed down the stretch in a 70-61 victory over the Horned Frogs in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 790 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Two down, two to go. That’s the mindset of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins after his Mountaineers upset No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74. By Avery Osen. SENT: 600 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 650 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Florida ended its slump just in time to rescue its hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. Keyontae Johnson scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as No. 8 seed Florida snapped a three-game skid by defeating No. 9 seed Arkansas 66-50 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 690 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Auburn guard Bryce Brown had to wait until his senior season to experience a victory at the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Now he and his teammates want more. Brown scored all 17 of his points in the second half, and No. 22 Auburn beat Missouri 81-71 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Alabama kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive by delivering its biggest come-from-behind victory of the season. John Petty stuffed in a putback with a minute left to put Alabama ahead for good as the 10th-seeded Crimson Tide rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat No. 7 seed Mississippi 62-57 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.


_ BKC--SMU-TULSA _ Jahmal McMurray had 27 points as SMU defeated Tulsa 74-65 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. SENT: 110 words.

_ BKC--LOUISIANA TECH-OLD DOMINION _ Ahmad Caver made a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift Old Dominion past Louisiana Tech 57-56 in a Conference USA Tournament quarterfinal. SENT: 130 words.

_ BKC--UAB-UTSA _ Zack Bryant had 24 points as UAB defeated UTSA 85-76 in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals. SENT: 130 words.

_ BKC--SOUTHLAND-LAMAR-NEW ORLEANS _ Scott Plaisance Jr. posted 16 points and seven rebounds as New Orleans narrowly beat Lamar 76-72 in the Southland Conference Tourney quarterfinals. SENT: 100 words.

_ BKC--WAC-CS BAKERSFIELD-TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY _ Tyson Smith had 19 points to lead five Texas Rio Grande Valley players in double figures as the Vaqueros beat Cal State Bakersfield 85-70 in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tourney. SENT: 130 words.



FRISCO, Texas _ Nancy Mulkey scored 20 points, Erica Ogwumike added 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 24 Rice pulled away from ninth-seeded North Texas for its 19th straight victory 61-43 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament. SENT: 250 words.




MINNEAPOLIS _ Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L’Esperance scored goals for Dallas in a span of 2:22 early in the second period, and the Stars hung on after goalie Ben Bishop was hurt for a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photos.


IBF Welterweight


ARLINGTON, Texas _ Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia are both undefeated champions. Garcia, already a champion in four divisions, is moving up two weight classes to take on Spence, whose third IBF Welterweight title defense comes at home. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 760 words, photos.


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