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Texas women’s basketball takes on Stanford in Sweet 16 battle

No. 3-seeded Texas Longhorns women s basketball will face off with two-seeded Stanford in a Sweet 16 match-up on Friday at 8 p.m. CT in Lexington, Kentucky on ESPN. The Horns will need to rely on junior point guard Brooke McCarty to remain competitive against a stout Stanford defense. McCarty scored 23 points on 7-13 shooting in the Longhorns round of 32 84-80 victory against North Carolina State. The 5 4 guard has averaged a team-high 14.3 points per game on the year. Another Horns player who will need a big game is freshman Joyner Holmes, who provided 16 points for Texas and added nine rebounds against North Carolina State. Holmes will need to continue her season long offensive output (she averages 12 points per game). She also leads the team with 90 turnovers, and added five to that total in the round of 32, so displaying better ball security would help the odds against a Stanford team that has accumulated 7.4 steals a game.

Stanford (30-5) is coming off of a closer-than-expected 72-64 first round victory against New Mexico State, followed by a convincing 69-48 blowout of Kansas State in the round of 32. The Cardinal are led by Erica McCall, who averages 14.3 points per game. The senior center also leads the team in rebounds with 306. At 6 3, McCall s size will pose challenges for the Lady Horns, but Texas has many athletes who can match-up with her. 6 5 senior center Kelsey Lang and the 6 3 forward will look to hit the boards for the Horns and limit McCall s productivity inside. The Longhorns (25-8) have had a solid season under Karen Aston s tutelage which has been highlighted by a 85-79 February 6th victory over then No. 2 Baylor in Austin. However, the team had lost four of its last six games heading into the NCAA tournament.

This team can play with anyone, but can also lose to anyone too, as evidenced by the 70-66 home loss to Iowa State in February. It s clear that Aston has the program on the right track and the North Carolina State game was thrilling, if imperfect. This team may not be among the best eight in the country right now, but it is fun to watch and worth cheering for. So whether the season ends tonight, on Sunday, or in the Final Four, the head coach and her players should be proud of what they ve accomplished.

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Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld

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The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers want a judge to reject a request by American Indian tribes to revoke permission for the project to cross a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Advertisement

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes last month asked the judge to overturn U.S. government permission for the Lake Oahe crossing. The tribes fear a spill would contaminate their water source. Energy Transfer Partners and the Corps respond that the process resulting in federal permission was properly handled.

Oil might already be flowing under the lake. ETP said in court documents Monday it expected to have the pipeline operating this week. It hasn’t commented further. It’s not required to report the start of operations to regulators. President Donald Trump says “it’s a great day for American jobs” after his administration issued a permit to build the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.

The decision marks a reversal from the Obama administration and clears the way for the $8 billion project to be completed. The president says the decision ushers in a “new era” of American energy policy and will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

The decision caps a years-long fight between environmental groups and energy industry advocates over the pipeline’s fate. It’s one of several steps the administration is expected to take in the coming weeks to prioritize economic development over environmental concerns. WEBVTT TAKE PKG Pipeline crews were on site near Oskaloosa Tuesday working on one of its safetycheck valves. One withnoticeable damage getting replaced And it appears thepipeline company, EnergyTransfer Partners has, as well. We saw a security guard recording us while we were on site Tuesday. But even thoagainst the pipeline are againstthis action.

Kansas City community surprises award-winning coach and cop with donations

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — She s a cop, a coach and works several other jobs to help support her team. Most of Northeast Kansas City s Rise Jaguars players don t come from a lot of money.

It s a lot of budgeting tricks, a lot of extra jobs,” coach Ann Murphy said. Extra jobs for Coach Murphy on top of being a Kansas City police officer. That s how she met the players, speaking to them at school about the dangers of gangs and drugs. She started coaching the team just about the same time as Janet Barker s son stopped coaching his. Former Merriam police officer and Shawnee Mission Health security guard Chris Barker’s life was cut short by a heart attack.

My son was a cop and he died. I had a cousin and a friend that gave me $150 and they said donate it in Chris s name for something worthwhile,” Janet Barker explained.

Barker saw the FOX 4 story when Murphy was named a National Double Goal Award winner by The Positive Coaching Alliance[1] for helping players on and off of the pitch. She surprised the coach and team Thursday with the $150 she d been saving. Academy Sports + Outdoors chipped in $1,000 worth of gift cards.

To give somebody a mentor and a role model to look up it really can steer those youth in the right direction,” Brenda Kennett, Academy Sports + Outdoor Olathe store manager said.

I hope it makes a difference to them that they know people are even interested in what they are doing, Barker said.

It s very sentimental and we appreciate that she chose us to give it to, Tomas Muniz, 17, said.

They are the legacy of our community, so it s really appreciated, we can help a lot more kids with that amount of money,” Coach Murphy said.

Even without the money, Barker told Coach Murphy: You’re making a difference in their lives and that s worth millions.

References

  1. ^ Murphy was named a National Double Goal Award winner by The Positive Coaching Alliance (fox4kc.com)
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