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ARLINGTON, Texas _ Starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs over seven innings and reliever Shawn Kelley earned the save after learning that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3. By Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ BBA--RANGERS-KELLEY _ Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley learned that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign, and the 35-year-old right-hander was activated from the 10-day injured list. SENT: 180 words.
_ BBA--MARINERS MOVES _ The Seattle Mariners placed second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Ryon Healy on the 10-day injured list and signed right-hander Anthony Bass to a one-year contract with a $950,000 salary while in the major leagues. SENT: 280 words, photos.
HOUSTON _ Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 12 to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ BBO--CLEMENS’ SON-DRUNKEN DRIVING _ The 30-year-old son of retired pitcher Roger Clemens has been arrested on a drunken driving charge. SENT: 110 words. Moved on general and sports news services.
_ BBC--SEC-FLORIDA-TEXAS A&M _ Jonathan Ducoff delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th and also had a three-run homer to lift Texas A&M to an 8-7 victory over Florida in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. SENT: 150 words, photos.
_ BBC--SEC-MISSOURI-MISSISSIPPI _ Will Ethridge allowed one run in seven innings and Mississippi beat Missouri 2-1 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. SENT: 140 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
_ BBC--SEC-TENNESSEE-AUBURN _ Judd Ward bunted home the go-ahead run and hit a two-run homer as No. 8 seed Auburn defeated No. 9 seed Tennessee 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. SENT: 150 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
_ BBC--SEC-SOUTH CAROLINA-LSU _ SENT: 150 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
BBC--BIG 12 TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
OKLAHOMA CITY _ West Virginia just claimed some big-time awards, with Randy Mazey named Big 12 Coach of the Year and Alek Manoah named the league’s Pitcher of the Year. Now, the Mountaineers are looking for a team honor. Fourth-seeded West Virginia (34-18) opens play in the Big 12 Tournament against No. 5 seed Kansas (31-24) Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 520 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ With Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Atlanta’s Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season. Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team just announced. Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, Memphis’ Jaren Jackson and Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league. Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the last year’s draft. SENT: 320 words.
_ FBC--EX-AGGIES PLAYER SLAIN _ A Texas teenager is set to be tried again on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and his father, who was a standout linebacker for Texas A&M University before having a short NFL career. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and sports news services.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Haley Moore delivered again for Arizona, making a 15-foot birdie for a 1-up victory that lifted the defending champions to a 3-2 victory over Southern California and a spot in the semifinals at the rain-delayed NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. A six-hour storm delay meant only the quarterfinals were played at Blessing Golf Club. Auburn, which barely got the final spot in match play, was 3 down in all but one of its matches where it rallied to stun Texas, the top seed from stroke play. SENT: 470 words.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Nothing drives Maria Fassi of Mexico like failure. Fassi was the Annika Award last year as the best player in women’s golf as a junior at Arkansas, only to play some of her worst golf in the NCAA championships. She returned for her senior season, motivated to atone for the way last year ended, especially with the NCAAs at Blessings Golf Club, the home course of the Razorbacks. Fassi, with her high energy and a powerful swing, delivered a bogey-free round of 68 to win the NCAA individual title by four shots. She is the first woman from Arkansas to win the NCAA title since Stacy Lewis in 2007. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1300 words, photos.
_ SOC--DYNAMO-BEASLEY _ DaMarcus Beasley says he will retire after 20 years in professional soccer when the Houston Dynamo finish their season. SENT: 200 words, photos.
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