BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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HOUSTON _ Jake Marisnick and Tyler White homered and Brad Peacock had another solid start to lead the Houston Astros over the Chicago White Sox 3-0. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ Asdrúbal Cabrera hit two of the five Texas homers, Mike Minor struck out 11 over six innings and the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 10-9 in a series opener. By Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BBA--JOSH HAMILTON-RANGERS HALL
ARLINGTON, Texas _ Josh Hamilton hasn’t really thought much about baseball since knee issues ended his career, though he does miss playing at times. The 2010 AL MVP’s moments on the diamond these days are watching and sometimes coaching his daughters playing softball. “I’ve been making up for lost time with my girls, being Dad. Got a ranch towards College Station, spending time there,” Hamilton said after the Texas Rangers said he would be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. “Hadn’t really thought much of baseball. It’s one of things where I never cared too much about watching the game, but I loved playing it more than anything.” By Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 680 words, photos.
BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP
Automatic bids for the NCAA Tournament are on the line in 25 conference tournaments this week. The 16 NCAA regional hosts will be announced on Sunday and the rest of the 64-team field next Monday. Baylor and West Virginia have some work to do to join Texas Tech and Oklahoma State as regional hosts. Though the Bears finished second in the regular season, they lost twice to Oklahoma State over the weekend and probably need at least one win to host. West Virginia is playing its best ball right now and is poised to play at home for regionals for the first time if it can win two or three in OKC. Texas Tech appears to have locked up a top-eight national seed for the third time in four years. By Eric Olson. SENT: 850 words, photos.
BBC--SEC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
Vanderbilt’s blazing second half of the season has turned it into one of the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference tournament this week in Hoover, Alabama. Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi State are also among the top seeds when the games begin Tuesday. By David Brandt. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS _ Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed by police, but not arrested, after a scuffle involving event staff at a Las Vegas music festival, officials said. The 23-year-old running back was detained briefly about 3 a.m. Saturday near a gate to the overnight Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after police officers saw him “push a security officer to the ground,” Officer Laura Meltzer said in a statement. “The security guard who was the victim of the misdemeanor battery refused to press charges,” the statement said, and the officers released Elliott. He was not charged with a crime. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 320 words, photos.
_ FBC--CONFERENCE USA-NFL NETWORK _ The NFL Network and Conference USA have agreed to a four-year partnership that will put 10 of the league’s Saturday football games on the network each season. SENT: 150 words.
_ GLF--US OPEN QUALIFYING _ Former Masters champion Mike Weir is headed back to the U.S. Open for the first time in six years as one of 10 players who advanced from the first of 12 sectional qualifiers in Dallas.
_ GLF--NCAA WOMEN _ Arkansas senior Maria Fassi won the NCAA title on her home course and gave the Razorbacks a shot at the team title as one of eight teams that advanced to match play. Hailee Cooper had a 69, the only other sub-70 score. That was part of a big day for Texas, however, as the Longhorns claimed the No. 1 seed for team play. SENT: 190 words.
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