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HOUSTON _ James Harden scored a season-high 57 points to carry the short-handed Houston Rockets to a 112-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SAN ANTONIO _ Kemba Walker had 33 points and Tony Parker enjoyed a triumphant return as the Charlotte Hornets upended San Antonio 108-93, snapping the Spurs’ seven-game home winning streak. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 750 words, photos.
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NEW YORK _ Maya Moore and Tina Charles aren’t going anywhere. Two people familiar with the deals told The Associated Press that the former UConn teammates were given the franchise tag by Minnesota and New York for the upcoming WNBA season. It’s no real surprise that the perennial All-Stars won’t hit the free-agent market. Other tagged players include Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago), Jasmine Thomas (Connecticut), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix) and Glory Johnson (Dallas). The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 260 words.
LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Lagerald Vick scored 21 points, Marcus Garrett added a career-high 20, and No. 7 Kansas held on to beat Texas 80-78 when Jase Febres’ 3-pointer at the buzzer never came close. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
STILLWATER, Okla. _ King McClure had a career-high 29 points as Baylor edged past Oklahoma State 73-69. SENT: 650 words, photos.
AMES, Iowa _ Iowa State looked like one of the favorites to win the Big 12 a week ago. These days, the Cyclones are struggling to stay afloat in a league that rarely lets anyone off the hook. Iowa State (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) dropped a pair of games last week to two of the league’s less-imposing teams; Baylor and Kansas State, and dropped out of the latest Top 25. The losses came by just four combined points, but they put Iowa State in a tough spot with road games at No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 7 Kansas and No. 18 Mississippi looming over the next two weeks. The Cyclones also lost power forward/center Solomon Young for the season with a groin injury that has nagged him for months, more bad news ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Red Raiders. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 540 words, photos.
BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB BOLL
NEW YORK _ Notre Dame remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll after beating then-No. 2 Louisville last week. The Fighting Irish has received 23 first-place votes from the 30-member national media panel. Louisville fell to fourth, swapping places with Baylor, which received six first-place votes. UConn moved into a tie with the Lady Bears for the No. 2 slot. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 380 words, photos.
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Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback from the Dallas suburbs, has declared himself eligible for the NFL draft. Murray announced his decision in a tweet, ending his brief and storied college career. What’s next for the Murray is not yet known. The Oakland Athletics made the speedy outfielder the ninth overall selection last June and agreed to $4.66 million signing bonus. The A’s agreed to let him continue playing football, and he made the most of it by winning the Heisman in his only season as a starter for the Sooners. He passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in FBS history. As Murray dominated, his draft stock improved. Jim Callis, a senior writer on MLB.com, said the A’s couldn’t have foreseen Murray would be a potential first-round NFL draft pick because of his size. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Murray would be a small quarterback in the NFL by any standard. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 780 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas _ Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had two different answers for whether oft-criticized offensive coordinator Scott Linehan would return next season. The first was on his morning radio show, when Garrett responded, “I do,” when asked if he thought Linehan would be back for a sixth season with the Cowboys. The coach added he didn’t expect any significant changes to his staff. At a news conference several hours later, Garrett wasn’t even close to definitive. He said discussions about the coaching staff hadn’t happened after spending most of his time in player interviews coming off the 30-22 divisional playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday. In between, executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said on his radio show that it was too early to speculate about the future of coaches or players. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 720 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ Mel Stottlemyre made his mark on the mound: He started Game 7 of the World Series, earned five championship rings as a pitching coach, wound up with a plaque at Monument Park. But his most enduring impression might have come with the bat _ more than a half-century later, he remains the last pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam. Stottlemyre, the ace who later oversaw stellar staffs for the New York Yankees and Mets, as well as the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners, has died. He was 77. SENT: 650 words, photos.
How much information is too much, especially on a golf telecast? For NBC and the Golf Channel the answer is there’s no limit. The NBC Sports Group and Dallas-based Topgolf Entertainment are unveiling a new technology partnership which they are hoping will bring golfers and casual fans closer to the sport. The new multi-year agreement includes the expansion of Toptracer as the network’s ball-tracking technology for PGA Tour telecasts on NBC and The Golf Channel. By Joe Reedy. SENT. 420 words. Moved on national sports news services.
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