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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX

March 26, 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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HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--STARS-JETS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba _Tyler Seguin and Radek Faska each scored twice as the Dallas Stars ended a two-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

College

Men

BKC--NCAA-BUSTED BIG 12

Bill Self stood in a room just off the court in Allen Fieldhouse on Selection Sunday and lamented that the Big 12 managed to squeak only six schools into the NCAA Tournament. The Hall of Fame coach of Kansas pointed to the impressive nonconference wins that the league racked up in November and December. He highlighted the fact that the league had four of the top seven teams when it came to strength of schedule, including his Jayhawks at No. 1. Well, so much for all of that. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--TEXAS SOUTHERN-TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY _ Jeremy Combs had 27 points and 17 rebounds as Texas Southern defeated Texas Rio Grande Valley 94-85 in the CIT second round. SENT: 160 words.

Women

BKW--NCAA-CALIFORNIA-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas _ Juicy Landrum scored 20 points with four 3-pointers and No. 1 overall seed Baylor advanced to the women’s NCAA Sweet 16 for the 11th season in a row with a 102-63 win over California. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBO--OPENING DAY STARTERS

Even in this data-driven age in baseball, when analytics and analysis are supposed to be replacing “gut feel” and sentiment when it comes to making any and all decisions, granting an opening day start to a particular pitcher because of his status rather than his statistics is something of a remnant of a bygone era. So what if your team, say, is facing an all-righty lineup? If a right-hander seems like the proper guy to send out there for Game 1, managers tend to do it. “There’s still a hierarchy on your pitching staff. And certainly when you have established, veteran guys, it still matters to them,” said Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who will use Justin Verlander on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays and 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. “It also matters to your team. People want to name guys ‘aces.’” By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 770 words, photos.

Spring Training:

BBA--INDIANS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Rookie shortstop Eric Stamets hit a grand slam, his first home run of the spring, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 10-1. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BBO--PIRATES-ASTROS

HOUSTON _ Touted prospect Forrest Whitley will start the season in the minors but has certainly showed why he could factor into the Houston Astros’ plans at some point. SENT: 500 words, photos.

GOLF:

Match Play

GLF--MATCH PLAY

AUSTIN, Texas _ Tiger Woods is at another new golf course for a World Golf Championships event and faces another player he doesn’t know. Woods opens the Dell Technologies Match Play against Aaron Wise, an NCAA champion from Oregon and the PGA Tour rookie of the year. Wise will be the 21st player who had never played with Woods since he returned from back surgeries that kept him out of golf for most of two years. Woods, the No. 13 seed, also has Patrick Cantlay and Brandt Snedeker in his group. The only other time Woods played against Cantlay was in the 2011 Frys.com Open when Cantlay was a sophomore at UCLA. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 570 words, photos.

AUTO RACING:

NASCAR

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

IndyCar made its debut Sunday at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and NASCAR fans want to see stock cars on the picturesque road course. They also want the Cup Series to race on dirt at Tony Stewart’s speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and return to historic Nashville, a 0.596-mile short track that hosted NASCAR from 1958 to 1984. All of it sounds great, but it can’t be done without other tracks relinquishing their spot on the schedule, and that won’t happen until the sanctioning contracts expire and NASCAR regains its leverage. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Admissions-Bribery

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

BOSTON _ Athletic coaches charged in a sweeping college admissions scam have pleaded not guilty to taking bribes from wealthy parents in exchange for helping students get into elite universities such as Georgetown. They appeared in Boston’s federal court nearly two weeks after they were arrested in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scheme ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, which also ensnared prominent parents like actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Authorities say the coaches were paid tens of thousands of dollars to help falsify student’s athletic credentials and get them admitted as recruits for sports they didn’t play. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 660 words, photos. Moved on national general and sports news services.

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