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Commentary: NFL quandary: To tag or not to tag
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:14:01 +0000

NFL games have begun for 2015.

Don’t bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it’s tag.

Monday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players who are pending free agents by giving them the franchise or transition tag. The alternative: letting them hit the open market on March 10.

A lot more goes into tagging than simply wanting to hold on to a standout or a budding star. There’s nearly as much game-planning for it as there is for an opponent during the season.

Teams ask themselves:

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HS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Greenwood’s Bell wins District 4-4A MVP honors
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:54:00 -0600
Greenwood senior Amanda Bell and Seminole senior McKaylee Weishuhn were named Co-MVP’s of District 4-4A for the 2014-15 season as the 2015 All-District 4-4A girls basketball team awards were released.

Darrouzett faces daunting challenge in No. 1 Texline
amarillo.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:03:01 +0000

The No. 1 team in Class 1A boys basketball is set to take the court in the regional quarterfinals with their sights set on returning to the regional tournament.

Standing in No. 1 Texline’s way is Darrouzett at 8 p.m. today in Gruver.

“Darrouzett is well coached and they do a good job there on the high-low offense,” Texline coach Bryan Braddock said. “They look to push the ball against us. They basically run man-to-man. We are just looking to get the tempo up and looking to get as many possessions as we can in the game. I see a high-volume possession game.”

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Rebels fall in playoffs
amarillo.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:01:52 +0000

The Tascosa Rebels gave a strong effort from start to finish Monday night, but North Crowley’s was just a little stronger.

In a game delayed three days by weather, Tascosa took on North Crowley in a Class 6A area round game at Vernon. The Rebels took an early lead, but the Panthers eventually took over with their athletic ability and survived for an 83-78 victory.

Tascosa finished the season 22-8.

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Canadiens swing 3 deals on busy NHL trading deadline day
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:23:50 +0000

General manager Marc Bergevin added to the Montreal Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup.

In Detroit, GM Ken Holland thought it was important to provide his young Red Wings a nudge by adding two experienced veterans. As for the Toronto Maple Leafs, their long-expected purge of high-priced talent failed to materialize before the NHL’s annual trading deadline struck on Monday.

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HS BASKETBALL: Updated boys playoff pairings
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:50:00 -0600
UIL Boys Basketball Playoff Pairings

UTEP football: Miners look for backup tailback to take big load
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:41:49 MST
Battles for backup positions are never going to be the headline grabbers like the scrum for quarterback that will define spring for the UTEP football team, but perhaps tailback should be an exception.

Boys basketball playoff capsule
amarillo.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:03:21 +0000

Region I-3A boys quarterfinals

The game: Shallowater Mustangs (16-5) vs. Childress Bobcats (26-4), 7:30 p.m. today, Canyon High.

Area round results: Shallowater 61, Denver City 59, OT. Childress 69, Idalou 39.

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Astros’ star Altuve searching for more in 2015
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:14:49 +0000

KISSIMMEE, Florida — Jose Altuve hit .341, became the first Houston player to win a batting title and set a team record with 225 hits in 2014.

What do the Astros like best about all that? The second baseman is intent on being even better this year.

“I want to improve my hitting, my defense, improve my baserunning — everything,” Altuve said. “If you improve as a player, you’re going to help your team and I think that’s very important.”

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Police searching for alleged kidnap suspect
baytownsun.com/ / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0600
The Baytown Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a 14-year-old boy. 

NASCAR falls flat in follow-up to Daytona 500
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:13:33 +0000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome.

Qualifying was a debacle for the second week in a row, rain delayed the start of Sunday’s race and Jeff Gordon once again managed to crash into a concrete wall that lacked an energy-absorbing barrier.

By the time Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag to close a cold and wet weekend, everyone was ready to get out of Atlanta.

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Columbia faces another tough challenge
TheFacts.com / Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0600
WEST COLUMBIA — No strangers to each other, the Columbia Roughnecks and Wharton Tigers will tangle again on the basketball court today in the Class 4A Region IV quarterfinal round.

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