BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX
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PHILADELPHIA _ The Dallas Stars on Thursday night visit the Philadelphia Flyers. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.
SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs host Oklahoma City a night after a five-game winning streak ended with a home loss to Memphis. It’s the first of two straight between San Antonio and the Thunder. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m. CST
BKL--WNBA MOCK DRAFT
NEW YORK _ The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. While last season there was a clear-cut No. 1 in A’ja Wilson, there is no consensus top pick this year. The top three picks remained the same from the first mock draft with Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr and Kalani Brown going 1-2-3. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 860 words, with photos.
BKC--BIG 12-THIS WEEK
Eighth-ranked Texas Tech’s trip to Texas will highlight this weekend’s action in the Big 12. The Red Raiders are 3-0 in the league after a 66-59 home win over No. 23 Oklahoma. The Longhorns won their first two Big 12 games after an up and down non-conference slate, only to lose to a struggling Oklahoma State 61-58. By Luke Meredith. 450 words, photos.
STORRS, CONN. _ SMU looks to remain undefeated in the American Athletic Conference as it travels to UConn, which will try to end a 3-game losing streak. By Pat Eaton-Robb. Upcoming 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.
North Texas plays UTEP at Don Haskins Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
Texas-Arlington plays Appalachian State at George M. Holmes Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
BKC--TEXAS STATE-COASTAL CAROLINA
Texas State plays Coastal Carolina at HTC Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
BKC--CAL ST BAKERSFIELD-TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Cal State Bakersfield plays Texas Rio Grande Valley at UTRGV Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
Rice plays UTSA at UTSA Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
FRISCO, Texas _ Dak Prescott lost his playoff debut as a rookie when the Dallas Cowboys were the top seed in the NFC two years ago. Now that the star quarterback has his first postseason win, he’s trying to get a proud franchise past the divisional round for the first time in 23 years. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
ATLANTA _ A coalition of civil rights groups in Atlanta is using this year’s Super Bowl to help kick off a renewed “war on the Confederacy,” in a fight to remove Confederate monuments around the nation. The groups on Thursday announced a planned Feb. 2 rally on the eve of the championship football game being hosted in Atlanta. The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 1,747 Confederate symbols and 722 monuments in the U.S. It says Virginia, Texas and Georgia lead the nation in having the most Confederate symbols. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated. Moving on news & sports lines.
FBC--ARKANSAS STATE CHANGES
JONESBORO, Ark. _ Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson has added assistants Keith Heckendorf, Sean Coughlin and Malcolm Kelly to his staff. Kelly will be the outside wide receivers coach. The two-time All-Big 12 wide receiver at Oklahoma spent the last two seasons at Houston as an offensive graduate assistant coach and offensive analyst. SENT: 180 words.
HONOLULU _ Texan Jordan Spieth makes his 2019 debut as the Sony Open begins with the first full field of the year. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
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