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HOUSTON _ Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans overcame a big early deficit to get a 121-116 win over the Houston Rockets in their first game since star Anthony Davis’ agent said he wanted to be traded. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SAN ANTONIO _ Rudy Gay hit a 21-footer at the buzzer and the San Antonio Spurs overcame Devin Booker’s 38 points to escape with a 126-124 victory over Phoenix and extended the Suns’ losing streak to nine straight. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Dallas’ Luka Doncic were among the 20 players announced as participants in this year’s Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend. Simmons is the reigning rookie of the year, and Doncic is the favorite to win that award this season. SENT: 210 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas _ Dylan Osetkowksi scored 16 points and Texas used stifling defense to snap a 10-game losing streak to No. 11 Kansas with a 73-63. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 840 words, photos.
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AMES, Iowa _ Bridget Carleton scored 27 points to move into fourth place on Iowa State’s all-time scoring list and the 23rd-ranked Cyclones walloped Texas Tech 105-66. SENT: 200 words.
HOUSTON _ Deshaun Watson’s mother spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams. Now that Watson has achieved one of his biggest goals of reaching the NFL, the Houston Texans quarterback is giving back to her by renovating the home he grew up in. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 540 words, with photos.
Marathon overtime games in college football, such as the one LSU and Texas A&M played last season, are already rare. The NCAA would like them to become extinct. Concerned about increased injury risk to players, the football rules committee later this month will consider tweaks to the overtime format. The goal is to make it less likely for games to go beyond two extra possessions for each team. Among the more radical ideas set to be discussed is going to a 2-point-conversion shootout after teams have played two full OT possessions. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ Veteran reliever Shawn Kelley signed a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers that guarantees the right-hander $2.75 million and includes a club option for a second season. The Rangers made room for Kelley on the roster by designating outfielder John Andreoli for assignment. SENT: 300 words, photos.
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