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Metro baseball teams debut new looks
amarillo.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:27:00 +0000

Two metro schools are hoping a new look will translate into more success this year when they open district play this afternoon.

River Road will stay at home today, as the Wildcats will host Childress in a District 1-3A opener at noon. San Jacinto Christian, on the other hand, will take a long trip to open TAPPS District 1-3A, heading south to play Midland Classical Academy at 1:30 p.m.

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AREA ROUNDUP for March 28, 2015
TheFacts.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500
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Canyon defeats Hereford
amarillo.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:33:35 +0000

Brynn Owen and Sloane Precure socked two-run homers in the fourth inning and Dakota Newsom tossed a complete game, leading Canyon to a 12-1 five-
inning win over Hereford in District 3-5A softball action Friday at Conner Park.

Owen’s second homer of the year and Precure’s third homer in 2015 were the catalysts for the Lady Eagles’ game-clinching seven runs scored in the fourth inning.

Newsom improved to 6-1 on the year by allowing four hits and striking out four.

Canyon continued its strong start to the season by moving to 16-4 overall and 2-0 in 3-5A.

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NASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air?
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:09:49 +0000

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — There’s been lot of talk about tires in the NASCAR garage the past few weeks, or longer, and lots of theories about whether something shady is going on or if the chatter is just a bunch of hot air.

After last two races, NASCAR confiscated tires from teams. It took tires from red-hot points leader Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano after the race at Phoenix two weeks ago, and declared them fine a few days later. It took tires from Harvick, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman last weekend at Fontana.

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HS SOCCER: Resiliency, fight pays off for MHS’ Sherman
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:10:00 -0500
Brody Sherman experienced a wake-up call when he was a sophomore.

30 is the new 40 when it comes to home runs these days
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:26:00 +0000

SAN FRANCISCO — Whether it’s steroid testing, all those power arms in the bullpen or a lower strike zone, baseballs just aren’t flying out of the park like they did a decade or two ago.

Sluggers who came of age in the days of 50, 60 and 70 home-run seasons have been forced to recalibrate what’s a successful power season.

And 30 is the new 40.

“Oh yeah, absolutely,” said Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, perhaps the best power-hitting prospect in the game. “I mean I grew up watching Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs and now guys are talking about 30’s good.”

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JC BASEBALL: Defensive errors plague Chaparrals
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:03:00 -0500
Midland College baseball coach David Coleman said his team has been defying the rules of baseball with the  multitude of errors committed in the past few games.

UTEP softball: Miners host Southern Miss Saturday
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:29:22 MDT
UTEP fought through a grinding non-conference schedule, opened Conference USA softball play solidly, got a brief break and some good practice sessions — and now the Miners are ready to attack the remainder of their schedule.

Randall takes District 3-5A lead
amarillo.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:31:04 +0000

After one round of District 3-5A play, the Randall Raiders have left their impression.

In a showdown between Canyon ISD schools for the district lead, Randall and Canyon took unbeaten 3-5A records into Canyon’s Conner Park on Friday. The Raiders rose to the occasion, as they got more stellar pitching as the foundation for a 6-2 win.

While Randall (17-2, 5-0 in district) finally gave up a run after holding the first four district opponents scoreless, the Raiders still came out with the same result as those four district games — a win.

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Louisville beats NC State 75-65; on to Elite 8
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:22:11 +0000

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points, reserve Anton Gill keyed a late-game surge, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Louisville (27-8), the fourth seed in the East and seeking to make its third Final Four in four years, will play either No. 3 seed Oklahoma or seventh-seeded Michigan State in the East final on Sunday. The Sooners and Spartans played in Friday’s nightcap in the Carrier Dome.

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Last-minute hits can’t save Palo Duro in loss
amarillo.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:33:12 +0000

Palo Duro loaded the bases in the seventh but couldn’t convert, as the Dons were still looking for their first District 3-5A win in a 3-0 loss to Hereford on Friday.

In a game dominated by pitching, the teams combined for only nine hits. Hereford (9-5-1, 3-2) scored two runs in the top of the seventh as Blake Collins doubled and Brendon Foster tripled.

Palo Duro (5-11, 0-5) finally got to Hereford starter Tim Sanchez by loading the bases in the seventh, but J.J. Buentello recorded the final out to earn the save.

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Agbuke’s career game leads No. 2-seed Baylor over Iowa
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:18:51 +0000

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sune Agbuke had a career-high 23 points and Baylor advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years with an 81-66 win over Iowa on Friday night.

Nina Davis added 20 points and Niya Johnson had 16 assists for the No. 2-seed Lady Bears (33-3), who will face the Stanford-Notre Dame winner on Sunday.

Agbuke finished with 12 rebounds for Baylor, which outrebounded the Hawkeyes 45-35. The 6-foot-4 senior topped her previous career best of 16 points, set last season against Kansas State.

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Diaw scores 19 to lead Spurs in 94-76 win over Mavericks
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:23:51 +0000

SAN ANTONIO — Boris Diaw scored 19 points, helping the San Antonio Spurs pull away for a 94-76 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Danny Green had 14 points, Tiago Splitter scored 13 and Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard added 12 each for San Antonio, which avoided another disappointing collapse against the Mavericks and won at home against Dallas for the ninth straight time.

Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler had 10 points each to lead the Mavericks.

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