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

April 1, 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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BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBA--ASTROS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Drew Smyly is set for his Rangers debut in his first major league start since September 2016 in a series opener against Houston. Texas took two of three from the Cubs to open the season while the Astros lost three of four at Tampa Bay. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--76ERS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS _ Philadelphia is all but settled into the third seed in the East for a visit to the Mavericks, who have four home games left in what is expected to be star Dirk Nowitzki’s final season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--NCAA-FINAL FOUR RESET

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Final Four features multiple tough defenses, a surging team that hasn’t lost in five weeks and one Hall of Fame coach. Virginia, Michigan State, Texas Tech and Auburn earned their trips to Minneapolis for this weekend’s national semifinals by emerging from regions filled with high seeds. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 820 words and photos.

BKC--NCAA-FINAL FOUR COACHES

Tom Izzo will know what to expect this weekend in Minneapolis. The other three coaches will have to figure things out on the fly in their first Final Four. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

BKC--NCAA-NIT

NEW YORK _ It’s the second-tier Final Four when Lipscomb plays Wichita State and TCU faces Texas in the NIT on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.

COLLEGE/WOMEN:

BKW--AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM

NEW YORK _ Napheesa Collier has had an incredible senior year so far, leading UConn back to the Final Four for a 12th consecutive year. The senior forward averaged 20.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 61.4% during the regular season for the Huskies to earn a spot on The Associated Press women’s basketball All-America team. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1,260 words, with photos.

BKW--NCAA-IOWA-BAYLOR

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ No. 1 overall seed Baylor tries to slow one of the top national player of the year candidates when the Bears face Megan Gustafson and second-seeded Iowa in the Greensboro Regional final. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CDT.

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OTHER/GOLF:

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-GOLF COURSE-PARK

BELTON, Texas _ Nearly a decade ago, nature took back the Leon Valley Golf Course in Belton when it shuttered. The Temple Daily Telegram reports brush hid maintenance trails used by course employees. Concrete golf cart trails were covered by dirt. Grass was tall and unkempt. Now that brush is gone. The trails are being dusted off. And the grass has been cut. This is no longer the Leon Valley Golf Course. It is now Heritage Park. By Jacob Sanchez, Temple Daily Telegram. SENT: 1,200 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.

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