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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

March 16, 2019

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

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Gerald Gurney spent nearly two decades in athletics administration at Oklahoma passing along to the admissions office names of prospective athletes recommended for enrollment who didn’t meet school entry standards _ known as special admits. They came to the fore this week in niche sports — tennis, rowing and sailing — when federal charges were brought against coaches who allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for special admit slots for wealthy families. Most of the children never played the sports. That Georgetown, Texas, Southern California, Stanford and Yale are identified in a federal indictment didn’t surprise Gurney, of the 2017 book “Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports and How to Fix It.” By Eric Olson. SENT: 1,180 words, with photos.





SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs finish a home back-to-back against playoff-bound Portland a night after playing the lowly Knicks. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.


DALLAS _ The Mavericks host the Cleveland Cavaliers in a matchup of lottery-bound teams. UPCOMING: 650 words photos, Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.



MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ No. 11 Houston may be the American Athletic Conference’s regular season champ. The Cougars now have to play fifth-seeded Memphis on the Tigers’ home floor Saturday for a chance to play for the tournament championship. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m. CDT


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Two most successful teams in Big 12 Tournament history meet for only the second time in the finals when No. 17 Kansas faces Iowa State at the Sprint Center. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m. CDT.


KATY, Texas _ New Orleans and Abilene Christian meet in the Southland Conference tournament title game with a berth in the NCAA tournament on the line. By Jeremy Rakes. 500 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. CDT.


DAYTON, Ohio _ When Texas Southern and North Carolina Central tipped off on the second night of last year’s First Four, the University of Dayton Arena next to Interstate 75 was still filling up with 12,732 spectators, the largest crowd in the eight-year history of the NCAA Tournament play-in affair. The arena had “March Madness” logos on the polished court, national TV, blaring pep bands and a giant American flag unfurled by members of the military stationed at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This year’s event, on Tuesday and Wednesday, assures the city and the university a slice of the NCAA Tournament pie every year, at least through 2022 when the current contract expires. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 800 words, with photos.



USA Basketball still doesn’t know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents are set. The Americans’ quest for a third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic, followed by games against Turkey and Japan later in the group stage. The draw for the 32-team tournament was held on Saturday in Shenzhen, China _ one of the sites for the event that starts Aug. 31. “We are ready for the world,” said Yao Ming, the best Chinese player ever, the longtime Houston Rockets star and one of the global ambassadors for the World Cup. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 890 words, with photos.





CLEARWATER, Fla. _ Bryce Harper sat out the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Houston Astros on Saturday, saying he’s “a little sore” one day after getting hit by a pitch and bruising his right ankle. Manager Gabe Kapler says he has no concerns about Harper being ready for opening day on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves. Harper, who recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, agreed with his manager. X-rays were negative and Harper is listed as day to day. He was struck by a 96-mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning of Friday’s game. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 250 words, with photos.





COLUMBUS, Ohio _ FC Dallas plays at the Columbus Crew. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


HOUSTON _ Vancouver Whitecaps FC plays at the Houston Dynamo. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.




ARLINGTON, Texas _ Four-division champion Mikey Garcia moves up two weight classes to take on Errol Spence and try to take the hometown favorite’s IBF welterweight title. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Fight scheduled to start around 10 p.m. CDT.


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