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

May 7, 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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HOCKEY:

HKN--Faceoff

DALLAS _ St. Louis and Dallas meet Tuesday night in Game 7 of a second-round series three years the Blues routed the Stars to advance to the West finals. There are three significant differences: key players, coaches and the site. The Blues will be at home after a winner-take-all win in Dallas. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 820 words, photos by 3 p.m. CT.

BASKETBALL:

BKN--Warriors-Rockets

HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets look to even their Western Conference semifinals series against the Golden State Warriors after winning Game 3 in overtime. Stephen Curry will try and bounce back after a tough shooting night in Game 3 to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead before the series returns to California for Game 5. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words. Photos.

TEXAS TECH-HOCUTT EXTENSION

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has gotten a contract extension into late 2027 that includes annual raises. The two-year extension announced Monday for Hocutt, who has been Texas Tech’s AD since 2011, goes until Aug. 31, 2027. It includes an increase in compensation to $1.5 million on Sept. 1, with 3 percent increases each year after that. SENT 220 word

SOUTH CAROLINA-LITTLETON

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Former Texas guard Destiny Littleton is transferring to South Carolina. Littleton is a 5-foot-9 guard who came to the Longhorns as a McDonald’s All-American and five-star recruit. She announced her latest college choice Monday on Twitter, posing in a South Carolina uniform alongside Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley.

BASEBALL:

BBA--Royals-Astros

HOUSTON _ The Houston Astros return from a series in Mexico for a seven-game homestand starting with the first of three games against the Kansas City Royals. By Jeremy Rakes. 700 words. Photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

COUNTERFEIT SUPER BOWL TICKETS

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say a man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison in the sale of counterfeit tickets to sporting events, including the Super Bowl. Prosecutors said 45-year-old Eugene Smith of Lithonia, Georgia, was sentenced Monday to 51 months after being convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods. SENT: 132 words

SOCCER:

WWCup-Different Fights--For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean any playing field. Players in Latin America face clear economic and cultural challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle is entirely different from that faced by the U.S. women’s national team and its fight for equitable pay. With the Women’s World Cup in France less than a month away, Latin American women are increasingly calling attention to the game’s gender disparities _ and they’re starting to see some results. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos

HORSE RACING:

RAC--Preakness-Maximum Security

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The owner of Maximum Security says the horse will not run in the Preakness and will appeal his disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner. Gary West confirms the decision by phone to The Associated Press. He says “there’s really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks.” Maximum Security became the first Derby winner to be disqualified for interference. Country House, a 65-1 shot, was elevated to first. By Gary Graves. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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