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MINNEAPOLIS _ Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame James Harden’s 42 points to beat the Houston Rockets 121-111. By Andres Ybarra. SENT: 700 words, photos.
DALLAS _ Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in what figures to be his final game on the court where he won his first championship, helping the Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-101. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MANHATTAN, Kan. _ Chloe Jackson scored 16 points and No. 1 Baylor used a good shooting night and solid defense to rout Kansas State 71-48. By Avery Osen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Lauren Heard scored a career-high 27 points, including two clinching free throws with 26 seconds left, and TCU upset No. 18 Iowa State 76-69. SENT: 250 words.
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STILLWATER, Okla. _ Jarrett Culver scored 19 points as No. 15 Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma State 78-50. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.
_ BKC--SMU-TEMPLE _ Shizz Alston Jr. had 28 points as Temple topped SMU 82-74. SENT: 130 words.
_ BKC--McNEESE ST-STEPHEN F AUSTIN _ Kevon Harris had 22 points as Stephen F. Austin defeated McNeese State 67-57. SENT: 160 words.
_ BKC--ABILENE CHRISTIAN-NICHOLLS ST _ Jaren Lewis posted 15 points as Abilene Christian topped Nicholls State 64-48. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKC--HOUSTON BAPTIST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS _ Ty Dalton had a season-high 21 points plus 10 rebounds as Houston Baptist narrowly defeated Central Arkansas 75-71. SENT: 170 words.
_ BKC--SAM HOUSTON STATE-TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI _ Kai Mitchell split a pair of free throws with four seconds left as Sam Houston State edged Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 70-69 for its 13th straight win. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKC--NORTHWESTERN ST-LAMAR _ Nick Garth scored 23 points to lead Lamar to a 75-70 win over Northwestern State. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKC--INCARNATE WORD-SE LOUISIANA _ Moses Greenwood scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Southeastern Louisiana beat Incarnate Word, 70-64. SENT: 140 words.
SURPRISE, Ariz. _ Chris Woodward thinks long-term and appreciates the everyday grind of the game, having been a utility infielder over a dozen seasons and serving as a third base coach in the World Series each of the past two years. Still, Woodward allowed himself to consider where he had come from to being a first-time manager when the Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 640 words, photos.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole and Alex Wood have won their salary arbitration cases, giving players a 6-3 advantage over teams to ensure a winning record in consecutive years for the first time since 1989-90. Bauer won his hearing for the second straight year and was awarded $13 million by James Darby, James Oldham and Sylvia Skratek instead of the Cleveland Indians’ $11 million offer. Cole was given a $13.5 million salary by Gil Vernon, Steven Wolf and Walt De Treux rather than the Houston Astros’ offer of $11,425,000. Wood will get $9.65 million instead of the Cincinnati Reds’ $8.7 million offer, Dan Brent, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte decided. SENT: 740 words, photos.
Alliance of American Football
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Almost no one knows the players and there’s virtually no history to look back on. But that’s not stopping gamblers from making _ and bookmakers from taking _ bets on America’s newest professional football league, the Alliance of American Football (AAF). With one weekend of games under its belt, the league has already drawn interest from some bettors _ not nearly the action of a typical NFL game but enough to encourage sportsbooks that the fledgling league’s games are worth offering on a betting menu. Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has the Arizona Hotshots and the Orlando Apollos as the co-favorites to win the AAF championship at 2-1; the San Antonio Commanders and the Birmingham Iron at 6-1; the Salt Lake Stallions at 8-1; the San Diego Fleet at 12-1, and the Memphis Express and the Atlanta Legends at 40-1. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 830 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and sports news services.
The Alliance of American Football was a ratings winner in its inaugural weekend, but founder Charlie Ebersol realizes it is a small sample size. “We feel really good about them and that our theory that Americans want more football tends to be true,” Ebersol said in a phone interview. “However, we still have to remain slow and steady in building things. We are going to be facing stiff competition as soon as next month (with the NCAA Tournament).” The games Saturday on CBS averaged 3.25 million viewers, which was more than ABC’s broadcast of the Houston Rockets against the Oklahoma City Thunder (2.67 million), according to Nielsen. Most of the country could see San Diego at San Antonio while the rest could see Atlanta at Orlando. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 640 words, photos.
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