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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

March 15, 2019

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

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BRIBERY-SCANDAL:

BKC--COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-SPORTS

Not always, but most of the time they compete in nearly empty venues where only friends and family show up to support them. A lot of times no ticket is required and parking is a breeze. The experiences of these tennis players, soccer players, rowers and other athletes in the so-called non-revenue sports are vastly different from those we typically envision when we think of big-time sports. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-ETHICS

NEW YORK _ In some ways, the college-admissions bribery scheme newly revealed by federal prosecutors seemed almost inevitable. Ethics experts say Americans these days are barraged with accounts of corruption, greed and amoral behavior to the point that many likely wonder, “Why should I play by the rules?” Whether it’s gaming the system to secure entry to an elite college, or circumventing laws and ethical norms to evade taxes, swindle customers or pocket illicit gains, unethical behavior has always been among America’s national pastimes. Yet a strong case can be made that this moment is distinctive, with its stream of high-profile scandals entangling bankers, drug companies, sports organizations, government officials and others. By David Crary. SENT: 870 words, with photos.

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BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--SUNS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets look to bounce back after a loss to the Warriors snapped a nine-game winning streak when they host the Phoenix Suns. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CDT.

BKN--KNICKS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs try to keep pace in their tight battle for seeding in the West playoffs in a visit from the lowly Knicks. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--T25-B12-IOWA ST-KANSAS ST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ No. 15 Kansas State tries to advance to the Big 12 Tournament title game for the third time when the regular-season champions and No. 1 seed face fifth-seeded Iowa State. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CDT.

BKC--T25-B12-W VIRGINIA-KANSAS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ No. 17 Kansas takes on West Virginia in the Big 12 semifinals. The Jayhawks beat Texas in the quarters while the No. 10 seed Mountaineers are comign off an upset of No. 2 seed Texas Tech. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m. CDT.

BKC--T25-SEC-FLORIDA-LSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Ninth-ranked LSU, the Southeastern Conference’s regular season champ, opens the tournament Friday with coach Will Wade still suspended and playing Florida, which could use another victory to improve the Gators’ NCAA Tournament bid. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at noon CDT.

BKC--T25-SEC-SOUTH CAROLINA-AUBURN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No. 22 Auburn, the fifth seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, has a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 seed South Carolina. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts around 2:30 p.m. CDT.

BKC--T25-SEC-MISSISSIPPI-KENTUCKY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The fourth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats start their quest for a fifth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title Friday night playing Mississippi. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CDT.

BKC--T25-SEC-MISSISSIPPI STATE-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 8 Tennessee is the third seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and faces sixth-seeded Mississippi State in a quarterfinal matchup. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts around 8:30 p.m. CDT.

BKC--T25-AAC-UCONN-HOUSTON

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Houston Cougars on Friday beat UConn 84-45 in the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKC--T25-AAC-SMU-CINCINNATI

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ No. 24 Cincinnati, seeded second in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, plays SMU on Friday night in the quarterfinals. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CDT.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night visit the Dallas Stars. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CDT.

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--JAGUARS-SWAIM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free agent tight end Geoff Swaim. The move gives them another option at one of their most depleted positions. Swaim was a seventh-round pick by Dallas in the 2015 NFL draft. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder has 35 receptions for 336 yards and one touchdown in four seasons. He is expected to serve primarily as a blocking tight end with the Jaguars. Jacksonville opted not to keep Austin Seferian-Jenkins, James O’Shaughnessy and Blake Bell after last season. SENT: 120 words.

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