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HOUSTON _ James Harden scored 31 points for his 30th straight 30-point game despite dealing with a shoulder injury to lead the Houston Rockets to a 120-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ NBA players once again will be sharing personal stories this weekend during All-Star festivities _ and using basketball shoes as a platform to get their message out. When Kevin Durant takes the floor on Sunday he’ll be wearing pink Nike KD 11 Aunt Pearls shoes bearing the names of 59 cancer survivors with inspiring stories. By Steve Reed. SENT: 920 words, photos.
_ BKN--ALL-STAR-SHOE FASHION-LIST
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Devon Dotson has 25 points to lead Kansas to an 82-77 overtime win over TCU. By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.
WACO, Texas _ Devonte Bandoo had 19 points as Baylor topped Oklahoma 59-53. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ BKC--WEST VIRGINIA-PLAYERS DISMISSED _ West Virginia starters Esa Ahmad and Wes Harris have been dismissed from the team for undisclosed violations of athletic department policies. SENT: 140 words, photos.
BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL
NEW YORK _ South Dakota has been on the rise since moving up to Division I in 2008. Now the Coyotes can add an appearance in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll to their achievements. Riding a nine-game winning streak, coach Dawn Plitzuweit’s team entered the AP Top 25 at No. 25 on Monday for the first time in school history. Baylor is still No. 1. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BKW--T25-TOP 16 REVEAL
HARTFORD, Conn. _ Baylor, Louisville, Oregon and Mississippi State are the No. 1 seeds in the first NCAA Top 16 reveal. The Lady Bears would be the top team in the Greensboro Region, according to the potential seedings revealed Monday night. The Cardinals would be the No. 1 seed in Chicago. Oregon would stay near home as the top team in Portland, and Mississippi State would have to travel to Albany to be the top seed there with a potential matchup against second-seeded UConn in the regional finals. Other No. 2 seeds in the reveal are Notre Dame, Stanford and N.C. State. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 470 words, photos.
_ BKH--TABC RANKINGS
FBO--ON FOOTBALL-ALLIANCE’S DEBUT
There clearly is an appetite in America for more football. Why else would the NFL combine, draft and minicamps get almost as much attention as regular-season or even playoff games in other sports? There also is quite the gridiron void once the Super Bowl is over and the next NFL contests to pay attention to — if you really care about exhibition matches _ kick off in August. Calling it spring football when it’s below freezing in so many cities might be a misnomer, but no matter how you describe it, what the Alliance of American Football presented to America in its debut weekend was impressive. Well, impressive enough to warrant continued attention and even anticipation for the remaining 2½ months of its initial season. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 680 words, photos.
_ FBN--OBIT-RED CASHION _ Former NFL referee Red Cashion, known for his vociferous calls of “FIRST DOWN,” has died. He was 87. SENT: 170 words.
CAR--INDYCAR-RACING INTO 2019
AUSTIN, Texas _ IndyCar heads into 2019 with everything going in the right direction. The series has a new long-term sponsor in Japanese communications giant NTT. Tire manufacturer Firestone has extended its supplier deal for five more years. A new broadcast deal with NBC is set to launch. On the track, an already deep driver pool keeps adding veteran and rookie talent. And the series has added a new stop in Texas while bringing back an old favorite in California. IndyCar has even been exploring a return to Australia and possibly adding another international event to the American open-wheel series. The series was in Austin, Texas, for its preseason media day Monday, and for two days of testing on the 3.4 mile (5.5 kilometer) road course that was built for Formula One and has been hosting that series’ U.S. Grand Prix since 2012. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 800 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas _ IndyCar drivers are watching Robert Wickens’ determined recovery from a horrific crash last season and cheering him on in hopes he will be able to return to racing. Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash last August at Pocono Raceway. He has been updating his recovery with videos on social media during his rehabilitation. Wickens has vowed to return to racing. SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-WATT _ Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will serve as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, making him the first NFL player to give the command for drivers to starts their engines before NASCAR’s most famous race. SENT: 170 words, photos.
_ BBO--ARBITRATION-COLE _ Pitcher Gerrit Cole has gone to arbitration with the Houston Astros, asking to be given $13.5 million rather than the team’s offer of $11,425,000. SENT: 130 words.
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