AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX
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CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The worst sex-abuse case in sports history has ended with a third long prison sentence for Larry Nassar, and his victims vowed to keep fighting for accountability in the scandal that upended the gymnastics world and raised alarms about the sport’s ask-no-questions culture. Long after the disgraced doctor is locked up in a federal prison, investigations into his misconduct will go on, perhaps for years. An astonishing 250-plus women and girls gave statements in two Michigan courtrooms over 10 days of proceedings. The focus will soon shift to lawsuits and multiple probes of Nassar’s actions and those of people around him when he worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body. Those inquiries include a special prosecutor and a legislative probe in Michigan, a law firm investigating the U.S. Olympic Committee and a Texas Rangers review of claims that Nassar assaulted some of the world’s best gymnasts while they trained at a ranch southeast of Huntsville. By David Eggert. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. Moved on general and sports news services.
— GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-INVESTIGATIONS — Larry Nassar’s final sentence for serial sexual assault now turns the scandal’s spotlight toward major institutions, including the Karolyi Ranch in Texas and Michigan State University, where many of his abuses occurred. The former sports doctor has been sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison, his third punishment since early December. By Ed White. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
— GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-JOBS LOST — Numerous people have been fired or forced out of jobs in the wake of the widening scandal involving once-renowned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who has been ordered to serve decades in prison for molesting some of the sport’s top athletes and others as well as child pornography crimes. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
LOS ANGELES — After playing more than 50,000 minutes, Dirk Nowitzki has certainly made a name for himself. Even if it’s still hard to spell sometimes. On a night when his last name was botched on the back of his jersey, the Dallas forward became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 career minutes. He finished with 12 points but the Mavericks collapsed down the stretch in a 104-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. SENT: 730 words, photos.
— BKL--WINGS-CAMBAGE — Australian center Liz Cambage signed a multiyear contract with the Dallas Wings, returning to the WNBA organization that drafted her second overall seven years ago. SENT: 160 words, photos.
WACO, Texas — Lauren Cox scored a career-high 24 points and No. 3 Baylor beat Oklahoma 74-65 for its 19th straight victory. SENT: 600 words, photos.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Once Jatarie White hit the floor, it was smooth sailing for Texas. White had 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season to lead No. 6 Texas over West Virginia 73-55. By John Lowe. SENT: 550 words.
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DALLAS — Martin Hanzal returned from injured reserve to score the game-winning goal in the Dallas Stars’ 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. SENT. 600 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and the 44-year-old right-hander will attend big league spring training. SENT: 230 words, photos.
— BBA--RANGERS-BARNEY — Veteran infielder Darwin Barney has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training. SENT: 130 words.
— CAR--F1-GRID KIDS — “Grid kids” are replacing “grid girls” in Formula One as the motorsport series makes changes ahead of the new season. SENT: 160 words, photos.
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