BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 7 am, TX
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ST PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Yonny Chirinos covered splendidly for Tampa Bay’s taxed bullpen, Austin Meadows hit his second homer and the Rays took three of four games from the Houston Astros with a 3-1 victory Sunday. The Rays had planned to use an opener for the first time this season, but manager Kevin Cash instead turned to the 25-year-old Chirinos rather than push his fatigued relievers. Chirinos pitched seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks while striking out six. The only run came on Jake Marisnick’s homer in the sixth. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 440 words, with photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ Two straight days facing their former aces, two straight early deficits. And now two straight wins for the rebuilding Texas Rangers against the World Series-or-bust Chicago Cubs. Joey Gallo scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Rangers outscored the Cubs 11-10 on Sunday after falling behind Cole Hamels much the same way they did against Yu Darvish a day earlier. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 780 words, with photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Without their best player and supposedly playing out the string of a disappointing season, the Dallas Mavericks figured to be one of the less-difficult opponents as playoff-bound Oklahoma City looked to improve its postseason seed. The Mavericks were having none of that. Trey Burke had 25 points and eight assists, Dwight Powell scored the winning basket on a dunk with 21 seconds left and Dallas stunned the Thunder 106-103 on Sunday despite the absence of star rookie Luka Doncic, who missed the game with a right thigh contusion. By Murray Evans. SENT: 910 words, with photo photos.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Sacramento Kings will miss the playoffs for the 13th straight season, yet they are seeing definitive signs of progress. Completing the franchise’s first sweep of San Antonio a day after being eliminated from the postseason is a big step forward for the young Kings. Buddy Hield scored 26 points and the Kings snapped an 11-game skid in San Antonio, holding on in the fourth quarter and beating the Spurs 113-106 Sunday night. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 760 words, with photos.
BKC--TEXAS TECH-THE SMALL TIME
ANAHEIM, Calif. _ It’s fair to say there would be no Final Four for Texas Tech if there weren’t plenty of places like Fort Scott. Fort Scott Community College in Kansas is one of the 11 stops Red Raiders coach Chris Beard made before he landed the top job in Lubbock, Texas, where he’s built the Red Raiders into a title contender in a mere three years. Arnold Arena is more like a big metal barn with a huge wall in the middle that separates the rodeo arena from the basketball court. Later this year, Beard is expected back at the barn; Fort Scott is inducting him into its sports Hall of Fame. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 630 words, with photos.
BKW--NCAA WOMEN’S TIPPING OFF
The cream of women’s basketball has risen to the top. For the fourth time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, all the No. 1 and 2 seeds advanced to the regional finals. It last happened in 2012, when Baylor won the national championship. The Lady Bears are in position to reach their first Final Four since that season when they face second-seeded Iowa on Monday night. Notre Dame, which Baylor beat for the title that season, will play Stanford in the other Elite Eight game Monday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 660 words, with photos.
GREENSBORO, N.C. _ For the first time in this NCAA Tournament, top overall seed Baylor might actually face a challenge: Finding a way to slow Megan Gustafson. The nation’s leading scorer has second-seeded Iowa in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. By Joedy McCreary. 500 words, file photos.
CHICAGO _ Defending national champion Notre Dame on Monday meets Stanford in the Chicago Region final in a matchup between storied programs with Hall of Fame coaches. The top-seeded Fighting Irish beat Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, while the No. 2 seed Cardinal took out Missouri State. By Andrew Seligman. 600 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas _ Kevin Kisner can’t think of another tournament that made him grind so hard. He began the Dell Technologies Match Play with a loss in the opening round. He had to play 120 holes over five days. Three matches were decided on the 18th hole. He had to play three sudden-death playoff holes just to get to the weekend. And on Sunday morning, he faced a cold wind that made temperatures feel like the upper 30s. Kisner outlasted British Open champion Francesco Molinari in the semifinals, and then let Matt Kuchar make the untimely mistakes Sunday afternoon until Kisner closed him out with a 20-foot putt for a 3-and-2 victory. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 870 words, with photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Denny Hamlin had such a fast car at Texas that he was able to win even after two penalties on pit road and some other issues during green flag conditions. While Hamlin was reviewing all that happened, crew chief Chris Gabehart interrupted — “I think you passed 327 cars by my count, but maybe not,” he said. Hamlin, who once missed the entry to pit road and also ran out fuel during the race, did do a lot of passing to get to Victory Lane on Sunday. He led the final 12 laps and 45 overall to overcome those miscues and the penalties — one when he exited pit road too fast early in the day and another for a debatable tire violation against his team during a stop just past the halfway point. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 980 words, with photos.
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