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Mavericks, Suns both adversity-tested in these playoffs

The Mavericks travel to face the top-seeded Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have proven they can win playoff games without All-Star Devin Booker. The Dallas Mavericks showed the same when their own superstar Luka Doncic was out of the lineup. If adversity builds strength, then this…

Bailey Zappe is drafted by the New England Patriots

Former Victoria East Titan gets picked 137th in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft

  VICTORIA,TX- In the fourth round, with the 137 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, former Victoria East Titans quarterback Bailey Zappe has been drafted by the six time champion the New England Patriots.…

Tucker, Astros beat Rangers 3-2 after starters’ duel

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Tucker hit a tiebreaking pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 in a series finale that began as an impressive duel between starting pitchers. Tucker’s two-run blast…

Defense 1st, then offense, with receivers a focal point

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In an NFL draft focused early on stoppers, it was the goers — wide receivers — who stole the spotlight Thursday night. Not simply prospects, either. Yes, the first five selections came on the defensive side…

Steelers may be looking for QB with the ‘It’ factor in draft

Any player taken in the first round faces an added layer of pressure that prospects taken later on do not

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers sensed months ago they’d be in the market for a quarterback for the first time in a generation. So general manager Kevin Colbert and the team’s scouting staff fanned out across the country last…

Tennessee governor signs transgender athlete penalty bill

The bill will go into effect July 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon add harsh penalties against public schools that allow transgender athletes to participate in girls’ sports, under legislation recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. Lee quietly signed the proposal last Friday…

Two Full Force gymnasts take gold in synchronized trampoline

Full Force gymnasts finish Elite Challenge

IRVING, TX- The Full Force gymnasts had their finals at the Elite Challenge in Irving over the weekend. Jaden McCarter placed ninth just missing the finals by a small margin. Kylie Ortiz and Paxton Henley placed fourth to head to…

UHV softball splits series with Louisiana Christian College

Jaguars lose game one 12-4; win game two 8-0

PINEVILLE, LA- The UHV Jaguars softball team had a doubleheader against the Louisiana Christian University Wildcats on the road. The Jaguars lose game one 12-4. Cameron Steen started for UHV pitching two innings allowing 4 runs. Jackie Longoria came and…

Jazz beat Mavericks to tie series, spoil Doncic’s return

Luka Doncic had 30 points, 10 rebounds four assists

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert gave Utah the lead with an alley-oop dunk with 11.0 seconds left and the Jazz held off the Dallas Mavericks 100-99 on Saturday in Game 4 to tie the first-round series. Spencer Dinwiddie…

UHV softall splits series with Xavier

Jaguars lose game one: 8-0; win game two: 10-3

NEW ORLEANS, LA- The UHV Jaguars softball team took on Xavier on the road in a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The Jaguars get shut out 8-0 in game one. Cameron Steen started in the circle for UHV and went three…

With Brady back, Buccaneers look to bolster depth in draft

For the second straight year, the Bucs enter the draft with expectations of bolstering depth

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Tom Brady’s return, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t looking for any quick fixes in the NFL draft. The seven-time Super Bowl champion’s decision to end his brief retirement not only resolved the team’s quarterback…

Oklahoma QB Gabriel adjusts after transferring from UCF

He passed for more than 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns at Central Florida while leading some of the nation’s most productive offenses

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Dillon Gabriel won’t let a higher profile or fancy new surroundings change his low-key approach. He has had plenty of success as a college quarterback -- he passed for more than 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns…

Three Full Force gymnasts compete at the Elite Challenge

Paxton Henley, Jaden McCarter and Kylie Ortiz bring out their best in national competition

IRVING, TX- Three Full Force gymnastics girls went to the Elite Challenge in Irving, a national competition with two as returners and one appearing for the first time. This was Paxton Henley's fourth trip to the Elite Challenge. She said…

49ers All-Pro WR Deebo Samuel requests trade

Samuel is entering the final year of the rookie deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — All-Pro receiver Deebo Samuel told ESPN on Wednesday that he has requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers as the two sides have been unable to negotiate a long-term deal for one of the…

Astros put Jose Altuve on injured list with hamstring strain

The Astros hoped to avoid placing Altuve on the injured list but did so Wednesday

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a strained left hamstring. The 2017 AL MVP was injured legging out an infield single in the eighth inning Monday night, and…

Vintage Verlander dominates as Astros stymie Mariners 4-0

Verlander pitched three-hit ball over eight innings

SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Verlander recaptured a little of what made him the best pitcher in the American League three years ago, and in the process added a bit of validation to the work needed while coming back from Tommy…

Mitchell, Jazz win opener 99-93 as Mavs play without Doncic

The fourth-seeded Mavs, starting the playoffs at home for the first time since their NBA title season 11 years ago

DALLAS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic put Utah ahead to stay just before halftime, Donovan Michell got aggressive in the second half and the only made shot by Royce O’Neale was a huge one late for the Jazz. All that injured…

76ers need Harden to deliver in postseason for title shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James Harden says he’s “ready to hoop.” The Philadelphia 76ers sure hope The Beard is good to go — not just for the opening-round Eastern Conference series against Toronto — but for a deep run into June.…