BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Dallas Mavericks visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. CDT.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ No. 2 seed Kentucky heads into the NCAA tournament with another group of fabulous freshmen and sophomore PJ Washington, who has been nursing a sore left foot. The Wildcats take on No. 15 Abilene Christian, which is making its first NCAA appearance. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ Kentucky coach John Calipari says in a tweet that leading scorer and rebounder PJ Washington has a sprained foot and will miss the second-seeded Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament opener Thursday night against No. 15 seed Abilene Christian. SENT: 130 words, with photo.
SALT LAKE CITY _ Baylor comes into the NCAA trying to decipher Syracuse’s zone and snap a four-game losing streak. The Orange will be without starting guard Frank Howard. By John Marshall. 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 8:57 p.m. CDT.
BKC--NCAA-MIDWEST REGION PREVIEW
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ No. 1 seed North Carolina plays No. 16 Iona and No. 3 Houston gets No. 14 Georgia State in Midwest region games on Friday night. Midwest match-ups also include No. 6 Iowa State against No. 11 Ohio State, and No. 8 Utah State against No. 9 Washington. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
BKC--NCAA-WEST REGION PREVIEW
TULSA, Okla. _ Texas Tech faces Northern Kentucky and Buffalo battles Arizona State in West Region action on Friday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.
BKC--NCAA-UNDER THE RADAR
TULSA, Okla. _ Some of the best teams in the NCAA Tournament field are relative unknowns. Texas Tech and Buffalo are building powerful teams under-the-radar outposts. Kansas State, which fights in Kansas’ shadow, actually topped the Jayhawks for the Big 12 title. Houston is a big-city power that toils in mid-major Conference USA. Tennessee and Virginia Tech are better known for football. All have the talent to make noise in this year’s dance. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.
MADISON, Wis. _ Gov. Tony Evers says Wisconsin will somehow beat Duke to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Evers, a Wisconsin alumnus, issued a news release Thursday predicting Wisconsin, Duke, Texas Tech and North Carolina will reach the Final Four. He predicts Badgers big man Ethan Happ will draw so much defensive attention that other Wisconsin shooters will get open shots. SENT: 130 words.
WACO, Texas _ Kim Mulkey’s two children were on the ladder with her when she cut the net after Baylor won its first national championship in 2005. They are now young adults, one a member of her staff and the other playing minor baseball. She is also now a grandmother. One thing that hasn’t changed is that the Lady Bears are still among the nation’s best teams _ now a two-time national champion and the No. 1 overall seed in this NCAA Tournament after winning a ninth consecutive Big 12 title. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos.
BKW--NCAA-COLLEGE STATION PREVIEW
COLLEGE STATION, Texas _ Texas A&M plays in its 14th straight NCAA tournament when the Aggies host Wright State on Friday in the first round. Marquette meets Rice in the other game in College Station. By Kristie Rieken. 600 words.
DALLAS _ The Stars, the Western Conference wildcard leader, host playoff-chasing Colorado. The Avalanche are the second team behind the second wildcard, like they were after a 4-0 loss at Dallas two weeks ago. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.
GLF--GEORGE W BUSH-HOLE-IN-ONE
DALLAS _ Former President George W. Bush has made a hole-in-one at a Dallas course that will soon host his institute’s Warrior Open honoring wounded U.S. military personnel. A photo posted Wednesday on Bush’s Instagram account shows the beaming 43rd U.S. president holding a golf ball on the par-3 12th green of Trinity Forest Golf Club. SENT: 130 words, pursuing photo. Moving on news & sports lines.
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