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

April 3, 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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BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--ASTROS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--ROCKETS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKN--HAWKS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs defeated Atlanta 117-111 Tuesday night for their 21st straight win at home over the Hawks. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 750 words, photos.

College

Men

BKC--NIT SEMIFINALS

NEW YORK -- By Dan Gelston. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH GUARDS

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. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-CBS-FISHMAN

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has the most Final Four experience of any of the coaches in this year’s NCAA Tournament finale. He still doesn’t have anything on Bob Fishman. While Izzo is coaching in his eighth Final Four, Fishman will be in the director’s chair for his 37th. He’s been the lead director for CBS for the NCAA Tournament since 1982. Texas Tech will be one of the Final Four competing for the NCAA Championship this weekend. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 810 words, photos. Moved on entertainment and sports news services.

Women

BKW--FINAL FOUR COACHES

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. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

AAF

FBO--AAF SUSPENDED

SAN DIEGO _ The Alliance of American Football has ended its first season prematurely and told most employees that they will be terminated as of Wednesday. Employees were notified of the decision in a letter from the AAF board on Tuesday afternoon. The board essentially is majority owner Tom Dundon, who also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The league had teams in Orlando, Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Birmingham and Memphis. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 690 words, photos.

HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--FLYERS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Dallas Stars clinched their first trip to the playoffs in three years Tuesday night, getting two goals and two assists from Alexander Radulov in a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.

GOLF:

PGA Tour

GLF--ON THE FRINGE

AUSTIN, Texas _ The Masters can’t get here soon enough. Not because Tiger Woods is only six months removed from a victory in Georgia (East Lake) as he tries to end 11 years without a major and 14 years since he last won a green jacket. Or because Rory McIlroy won The Players Championship, hasn’t finished out of the top 10 in all seven of his tournaments this year and is poised for maybe his best shot at completing the career Grand Slam. There’s nothing like the soothing sights and ground-shaking sounds at Augusta National to get minds off far too many contentious moments this year. The opening act to the golf season has not been dull, just not always for the right reasons. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1320 words, photos.

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