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

March 20, 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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ATLANTA _ James Harden had 31 points and 10 assists, Clint Capela added 26 points and 11 rebounds and the Houston Rockets won their third straight game with a 121-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. By George Henry. SENT: 750 words, photos.




DAYTON, Ohio _ Eleven months ago, Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda was seriously ill with life-threatening blood clots. Now, he’s danced on the court and hugged his players after they secured the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Senior guard Darnell Edge scored a career-high 33 points and Jahlil Jenkins had 20 of his 22 points in the second half as the Knights capped a furious comeback by taking down Prairie View A&M 82-76 in a First Four game. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 630 words, photos.


_ BKC-NIT--SOUTH DAKOTA ST-TEXAS _ SENT: 150 words, photos.


ATLANTA _ The greatest moment in Georgia State history still makes Ron Hunter beam. It makes D’Marcus Simonds cringe. Simonds has seen replays of the final seconds of the Panthers’ 2015 NCAA Tournament first-round upset of No. 3 seed Baylor so many times. Too many times, actually. Georgia State again is a No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 seed Houston on Friday in a Midwest Region first-round game in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By Charles Odum. SENT: 680 words, photos.


_ BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-WASHINGTON _ Kentucky says scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington is wearing a walking boot “as a precaution” before the No. 2 seed Wildcats open Midwest Region play in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats (27-6) are preparing for Thursday’s first-round game against No. 15 seed Abilene Christian (27-6) in Jacksonville, Florida. SENT: 150 words.



NEW YORK _ For the first time in a long while there’s no clear-cut favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. There are at least a half dozen teams, including No. 1 overall seed Baylor and defending champion Notre Dame that could be cutting down the nets. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1000 words, photos.




DALLAS _ Alexander Radulov’s two third-period goals were decisive as the Dallas Stars beat the Florida Panthers 4-2. SENT: 650 words, photos.




DUNEDIN, Fla. _ The role of video games at the ballpark was put in the crosshairs Monday when ESPN reported that veteran first baseman Carlos Santana smashed a television in the Philadelphia Phillies’ clubhouse last September to stop teammates from playing Fortnite. Santana, now with the Cleveland Indians, told ESPN that Phillies players were sneaking into the locker room to play during games. Manager Gabe Kapler acknowledged the Fortnite playing, but he and pitcher Jake Arrieta deny it was happening during games. First-year Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward established early that he’d be proactive on limiting gaming. He worked with veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus to establish rules on consoles and phones. Players can still do some gaming at the ballpark, but the message is clear. He also is asking players to be smart about playing games away from the park. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved on entertainment, sports and technology news services.


SURPRISE, Ariz. _ This is the new normal in baseball _ pitching not just effectively after Tommy John surgery but even gaining velocity. Returning to form following labrum surgery is less likely. Just ask Mike Minor. “I started throwing, it hurt. I shut it down. I start throwing again, it hurt again,” the 6-foot-4 Rangers left-hander said of his two-year rehabilitation. All the rehab has been well worth it. He will open the season at home for Texas on March 28 against the Chicago Cubs. By Theresa Smith. SENT: 660 words.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. _ For much of his career, Houston Astros pitcher Wade Miley tried to avoid the backhanded compliment he now is grudgingly willing to embrace. Following the powerful arms of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a starting rotation, along with the overall proliferation of triple-digit radar readings, can prompt a re-examination of self. By Chuck Kings. SENT: 470 words.



_ FBN--COWBOYS-COBB _ The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent receiver Randall Cobb. SENT: 160 words, photos.



MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Johnny Manziel says he remains confident in his ability to play football “at any level” as the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner attempts another comeback, this time with the Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express. An introductory news conference was held in Memphis for Manziel, who agreed over the weekend to join the new league. The former first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M dealt with a series of off-field issues during his stints in the NFL and CFL. SENT: 520 words, photos.


Sun Belt Conference

_ SUN BELT-COMMISSIONER _ The Sun Belt Conference has named Atlantic 10 Conference associate commissioner Keith Gill its new commissioner. The Sun Belt includes Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy as football members. Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington compete in the conference in all other sports. SENT: 120 words.


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