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OAKLAND, Calif. _ James Harden’s eyes were still red and stinging well after the final buzzer. He could barely see on the court let alone read the box score after the game. The reigning MVP hopes he will feel better with a few days off before the Rockets’ Western Conference semifinal series against Golden State resumes Saturday in Houston with his team trailing 2-0 following a 115-109 loss Tuesday night in Game 2. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 460 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS _ Houston plays Minnesota at Target Field, with Collin McHugh pitching for the Astros and Martin Perez taking the mound for the Twins. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ Their eight-game losing streak over after a big late comeback, the Pittsburgh Pirates will try to win their second game against the Texas Rangers in less than 24 hours. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:05 p.m.
ESPN-MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BOOTH
ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” will return to a two-man booth when it kicks off its 50th season later this year. The network announced Wednesday that Joe Tessitore will be back doing play-by-play while Booger McFarland moves up to the booth after being a field-level analyst. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moving on national sports lines.
EX-TEXAS A&M PLAYER-SLAYING
DALLAS _ A former Texas A&M football player has been sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of a Dallas jogger who was hacked to death with a machete in 2015. A Dallas County jury found Thomas Johnson guilty of murder Tuesday for the seemingly random killing of David Stevens and returned the sentence Wednesday. Johnson was accused of waiting on a trail in East Dallas four years ago and attacking the 53-year-old mechanical engineer as he ran by. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.
DALLAS _ The St. Louis Blues, 4-0 on the road this postseason, look to build a 3-1 series lead over the Stars in Game 4 at Dallas. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
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