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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

April 9, 2019

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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BASKETBALL:

NCAA Tournament

BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

MINNEAPOLIS _ By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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_ BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST

BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-GLOBAL GOALS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The plains of West Texas are a long way from the bustling piazzas and porticos of northern Italy, where Davide Moretti was raised in a soccer culture and basketball was just a niche. NBA fans in Italy can now look to the likes of Danilo Gallinari and his 20-point scoring average for the Los Angeles Clippers in a league that has made major strides in Europe since Moretti was born in Bologna 21 years ago. The college game, however, has been a decidedly foreign concept overseas, with the term March Madness likely to elicit strange looks even if correctly translated. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 960 words, photos.

Women

BKW--BAYLOR CELEBRATION

WACO, Texas _ Kalani Brown walked in carrying the national championship trophy, with Chloe Jackson right by her side. Baylor’s two departing players, one who got to Baylor as a highly touted freshman and the other a graduate transfer who wanted to win a title, led the Lady Bears into their home arena for an on-campus celebration. Coach Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears, who beat Notre Dame 82-81 on Sunday night, returned home from Florida and went directly from the airport to the Ferrell Center to celebrate their third national title with their fans. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 560 words, photos.

HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--STARS-MONTGOMERY’S DEBUT

DALLAS _ Jim Montgomery jumped right into the NHL from college coaching with the Dallas Stars, joining a team with immediate playoff expectations and finding himself in the middle of an unexpected drama after the surprising midseason rip job on star players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin by the CEO. The first-year coach had some strong words of his own along the way, and the Stars never lost their grip on a postseason spot after a decade of mostly missing out. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 a.m.

HKN--PREDATORS’ CHEMISTRY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators mixed up the roster in February by bringing in four new players. It turns out the biggest addition may have come in the final week of the regular season. Coach Peter Laviolette slid Austin Watson back into the third line alongside Colton Sissons and Nick Bonino for the final three games and the forward has helped solidify the Predators’ lines heading into their first-round playoff matchup with the Dallas Stars. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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_ HKN--PLAYOFFS-WEST PREVIEW _ By Larry Lage. SENT: 1030 words, photos.

HKN--WILD-BROWN’S ARREST

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota Wild forward J.T. Brown was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication in Dallas hours before the Wild’s season finale. Police reports indicate the incident happened at British Beverage Company early Saturday. Brown did not play in the Wild’s final game that night against the Dallas Stars, who beat the Wild 3-0 to take the Western Conference’s top wild-card spot. The Wild announced he was out because of illness. Brown apologized to the Wild, his teammates, family and fans for making a “poor decision.” He said in a statement to the Minneapolis Star Tribune he put himself in “a bad situation” and takes full responsibility. The Wild said the team is aware of the report and has no comment. SENT: 280 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBA--YANKEES-ASTROS

HOUSTON _ Carlos Correa’s broken-bat infield RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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_ BBA--YANKEES-SEVERINO _ New York Yankees ace Luis Severino is returning to New York to have more tests on his injured right shoulder. SENT: 240 words, photos.

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