BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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HOUSTON _ James Harden had 28 points and Eric Gordon added 22 as the Houston Rockets cruised to their season-high ninth straight win, 118-106, over the Charlotte Hornets. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Kalani Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor defeat No. 13 Iowa State 67-49 in the Big 12 Tournament championship game. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL
NEW YORK _ Baylor maintained its spot as the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Lady Bears, who have been atop the rankings for seven weeks, received all 28 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Lady Bears have won 22 straight games _ the longest winning streak in the country. Baylor has won eight of the last Big 12 Conference Tournament titles. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ BKC--C-USA TOURNAMENTS _ Conference USA is keeping its basketball tournaments at the Dallas Cowboys’ facility where the league can play on two courts simultaneously. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKC--TEXAS-ROACH REINSTATED _ Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II will rejoin the team for the Big 12 Tournament this week after a five-game suspension. SENT: 110 words.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Kansas City Chiefs has agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with safety Tyrann Mathieu, continuing what is expected to be an aggressive offseason overhaul of their leaky defense. Mathieu signed a $7 million deal with Houston last season and wound up starting all 16 games. He tied his career high with 89 tackles, added three sacks and had a pair of interceptions, and his versatility _ able to cover like a cornerback and tackle like a safety _ is clearly appealing. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words.
BUFFALO, N.Y. _ People with direct knowledge of discussions have told The Associated Press that the Bills agreed to sign center Mitch Morse, tight end Tyler Kroft, running back Frank Gore and cornerback Kevin Johnson. Johnson visited with the Bills last week shortly after being cut by the Houston Texans. By John Wawrow. SENT: 630 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
_ FBN--TEXANS MOVES _ The Houston Texans have signed free agents Angelo Blackson, DeAndre Carter and Joel Heath. Houston also extended qualifying offers to nose tackle Brandon Dunn, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn and outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett. SENT: 150 words.
_ FBN--FREE AGENCY-TEXANS CAPSULE
_ FBN--FREE AGENCY-COWBOYS CAPSULE
_ OBIT-GEORGE FOREMAN’S DAUGHTER _ Freeda George Forman, the daughter of former heavyweight champion George Foreman and briefly a boxer herself, has died at a suburban Houston home. She was 42. SENT: 120 words, photos.
_ BIG 12 GOLF-PGA EXEMPTION _ The Big 12 is holding its men’s golf championship in West Virginia for the first time next month, and the individual champion will get an extra treat _ an exemption into a PGA Tour event. SENT: 100 words.
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