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

April 2, 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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ARLINGTON, Texas _ Justin Verlander goes for a second straight win to open the season for Houston in the middle game of a series against the Rangers. Shelby Miller is set to be the fourth straight starter making his Texas debut. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.





SAN ANTONIO _ Trae Young will try to help the Hawks get their first win in San Antonio in 22 years. The Spurs, winners of 20 straight at home against Atlanta, are battling for playoff seeding in the West. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Houston Rockets visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. CDT.



NEW YORK -- Wichita State plays Lipscomb and TCU takes on Texas in the NIT semifinals Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words, with photos. Games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. CDT, respectively.


Texas Tech has gotten to its first Final Four with contrasting guards Jarrett Culver and Matt Mooney. Culver is the sophomore standout who stayed home to play after Chris Beard became coach of the Red Raiders. Mooney is a graduate transfer from South Dakota who filled a huge void at point guard after Tech’s previous best season. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.


The season did not end as Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett intended. The fabulous freshmen came to Duke to win a national championship and their bid came up short with a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. Williamson and Barrett still managed to make a bit of history. The Duke duo was named to The Associated Press All-America team on Tuesday, becoming the second freshman teammates to make the first team in the same season. They were joined by Tennessee’s Grant Williams, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Ja Morant of Murray State. Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall were the only other freshman teammates to take first-team AP honors in 2010. By John Marshall. SENT: 990 words, with photos.





NEW YORK _ Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies will face a familiar foe in Notre Dame on the game’s grandest stage. The two teams will square off on Friday night in Tampa in the Final Four. It’s the second consecutive year that they will play in the national semifinals. The Irish won a thriller last year, topping UConn in overtime on a last-second shot by Arike Ogunbowale. Baylor will play Oregon in the first game of the Final Four. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 910 words, with photos.


_ BKW--NCAA-UCONN RALLY. Upcoming 400 words, photos.


Baylor’s Kim Mulkey is finally back in the NCAA Final Four, and facing first-timer Oregon. The other national semifinal matchup has a couple of mainstays, with UConn playing Notre Dame. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.





DALLAS _ The Stars can clinch their first playoff berth since 2016 with a win over Philadelphia, an extra-time loss or an Arizona loss in a later game. Dallas moved to the brink of the postseason with a 3-0-1 swing through Canada. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.





HOUSTON _ Prosecutors say house alarms and motion detectors indicate a Houston teenager whose father was a standout linebacker for Texas A&M before a brief NFL career fatally shot his parents. Jurors were told during opening statements Tuesday that no one forced their way into the home and that Antonio Armstrong Jr. was the only person detected inside just moments before the shooting in July 2016. The 19-year-old is charged with capital murder. SENT: 130 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


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