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BAYLOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION
WACO, Texas _ A federal judge has ruled that a law firm must turn over hundreds of records that lawyers say are expected to give a fuller accounting of how Baylor University responded to sexual assault allegations made by students. Judge Robert Pitman in an order issued Thursday says Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton must produce all materials related to its internal review that resulted in a 2016 summary report finding an “institutional failure at every level.” Jim Dunnam, an attorney for plaintiffs who’ve filed federal claims against the school, says the order is a “monster step forward in revealing the truth of what happened.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400-500 words. Moving on news & sports lines.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros open the season with AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell facing the runner-up for the award, Justin Verlander. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m. CDT.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Rangers, with new manager Chris Woodward, play their season opener at home against the Cubs. Chicago’s rotation includes two of the Rangers’ former aces, though Jon Lester starts the opener. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:05 p.m. CDT.
MIAMI _ The Miami Heat have little room left for error in their chase for a playoff spot in Dwyane Wade’s final season. They play host to the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CDT.
HOUSTON _ The Houston Rockets look to bounce back from a loss to the Bucks when they host the Denver Nuggets, who are just 1/2 game behind the first-place Warriors in the Western Conference. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CDT.
SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs face Cleveland to open a three-game homestand against teams that won’t make the playoffs. San Antonio is comfortably in the postseason picture but has lost three of four to drop to the final spot in the West. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.
BKC--NCAA-MIDWEST REGION PREVIEW
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Two of college basketball’s true blue bloods could be destined for a memorable Midwest Region finale. But first, North Carolina must beat red-hot Auburn and Kentucky must handle giant-killer Houston in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
BKW--NCAA-BAYLOR-KALANI’S FINAL CHANCE
WACO, Texas _ Kalani Brown has a long list of accomplishments at Baylor, with Big 12 regular-season titles and NCAA Tournament trips in each of her four seasons. The 6-foot-7 senior center also has plenty of well-deserved individual awards. While the Lady Bears want to reach the Final Four, this is Brown’s final chance and Baylor (33-1) still has to win two more games to get there. The Lady Bears, the No. 1 overall seed in the Women’s NCAA Tournament, are in the Sweet 16 for the 11th season in a row and play South Carolina on Saturday. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 830 words, with photos.
STORRS, Conn. _ The new media rights deal between the American Athletic Conference and ESPN will be a financial boon for UConn, but the school and its fans are concerned that people may be paying extra to stream games they had been getting on television. By Pat Eaton-Robb. 500 words, with photos.
EDMONTON, Alberta _ The Stars look for a third straight win on a four-game Canadian swing that’s going a long way toward solidifying a West playoff berth after victories in Winnipeg and Calgary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CDT.
AUSTIN, Texas _ Elimination could come one day early for some players in the Dell Technologies Match Play. Among those who cannot afford to lose Thursday at Austin Country are Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Patrick Reed. Players can win their group with one loss, but no more than that. Only two players in the four previous years of group play have advanced with just one win — Patton Kizzire and Byeong Hun An in 2016 each won a match and tied two others. Tiger Woods, a winner in his opening match, faced Brandt Snedeker. Mickelson played Jim Furyk. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
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