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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

March 22, 2019

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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BASKETBALL:

College

Men

BKC--NCAA-BAYLOR-SYRACUSE

SALT LAKE CITY _ By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-ABILENE CHRISTIAN-KENTUCKY

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ With PJ Washington watching from the bench in a cast, second-seeded Kentucky romped to a 79-44 victory over NCAA Tournament newcomer Abilene Christian. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-MIDWEST REGION PREVIEW

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Senior guard Corey Davis Jr. will try to score in double figures for the 14th straight game when No. 3-seed Houston (31-3) faces No. 14 Georgia State (24-9). Davis leads the team in scoring (16.7) and has averaged 20.1 points in that 13-game span. Houston won the American Athletic Conference regular season, but fell to Cincinnati in the final of the conference tournament. Georgia State, winners of the Sun Belt Conference, is making back-to-back NCAA appearances for the first time in program history. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.

BKC--NCAA-WEST REGION PREVIEW

TULSA, Okla. _ Buffalo coach Nate Oats has mixed feelings about facing his former boss. Oats’ sixth-seeded Bulls will face Arizona State and former Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley in an NCAA Tournament West Region matchup Friday. In the other matchup, No. 3 seed Texas Tech will face Northern Kentucky in a clash of styles. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.

BKC--NCAA-UNDER THE RADAR

TULSA, Okla. _ Kelvin Sampson had little to work with when he took over as Houston’s coach in 2014. The Cougars hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since Hakeem Olajuwon’s final season in 1984, and things didn’t appear to be getting better. “There was a lot of frustration,” Sampson said. “I got frustrated with people. I said, ‘What are we doing here? You guys say you want to win, but what are you doing to win?’” By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLLEGE/WOMEN:

BKW--NCAA-BAYLOR-MULKEY

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. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BKW--NCAA-EUGENE PREVIEW

Oregon has had enough time to ponder its finish at the Pac-12 tournament. Now it’s on to a more important matter. The Ducks (29-4) are the No. 2 seed in the Portland Region for the NCAA Tournament. They’ll open with No. 15 Portland State (25-7) on Friday night at home in Eugene. Seventh-seeded Texas (23-9) plays No. 10 Indiana (20-10) in the earlier game on Friday. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BKW--NCAA-COLLEGE STATION PREVIEW

COLLEGE STATION, Texas _ Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter will return for the No. 4 Aggies when they host 13th-seeded Wright State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, less than three weeks after having finger surgery. The sophomore, who led the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 22.5 points a game, broke her right pinky finger in two places in a fall against Arkansas on March 3 and had surgery the following day. She had the stitches removed from her finger on Monday and returned to practice, and coach Gary Blair said she would have no restrictions in the tournament. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 920 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--MAVERICKS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 750 words, photos.

HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--AVALANCHE-STARS

DALLAS _ Philipp Grubauer made a season-high 44 saves, defenseman Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie scored goals and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 to make the Western Conference playoff race even tighter. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--RANGERS-PENCE

SURPRISE, Ariz. _ Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence is set to start the season with his hometown Texas Rangers after going to spring training on a minor league contract. Manager Chris Woodward told Pence that he will be on the 25-man roster as the team’s fourth outfielder when the Rangers open the regular season at home next Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. That means slimmed-down 24-year-old outfielder Willie Calhoun will start the season at Triple-A Nashville. SENT: 380 words, photos.

AUTO RACING:

IndyCar

CAR--INDYCAR-AUSTIN

AUSTIN, Texas _ From the time the first piles of dirt and rock were moved to start paving a new Formula One track in Texas, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas eyed a future with IndyCar. It may have taken longer than fans had hoped, but they finally have one. And with the first IndyCar Classic this weekend, the mission now is to develop what organizers hope will be the second-biggest race of the IndyCar calendar. “I think it can happen,” track President Bobby Epstein said. “It just has to get bigger every year.” By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 870 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

_ FBN--COWBOYS-RAMS-HAWAII _ The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will travel to Hawaii for a preseason game on Aug. 17. SENT: 130 words.

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