TUESDAY 04/09/19 – BEARKAT GETS HONORS

IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL, AFTER LEADING THE SHSU BEARKATS TO A WEEKEND SWEEP OF LAMAR, SOPHOMORE JACK ROGERS HAS BEEN NAMED THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE HITTER OF THE WEEK, MARKING THE 4TH TIME THIS SEASON A BEARKAT HAS REELED IN THE AWARD. THE KATS GET BACK INTO NON-CONFERENCE ACTION TODAY AT 6:30PM WHEN THEY HOST THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON AT DON SANDERS STADIUM.

IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TODAY, THE HUNTSVILLE HORNETS WILL BE AT PORTER AT 7PM WHILE THE NEW WAVERLY BULLDOGS HAVE A DISTRICT SHOWDOWN TODAY BEGINNING AT 7 AT ANDERSON-SHIRO.

IN LOCAL SOFTBALL TODAY, THE SHSU BEARKAT WOMEN WILL BE AT HOME FOR MEETING WITH TEXAS-ARLINGTON AT 6:30PM AT THE BEARKAT SOFTBALL COMPLEX WHILE THE HUNTSVILLE LADY HORNETS WILL BE AT MONTGOMERY AT 6:15PM AND NEW WAVERLY WILL BE AT ANDERSON-SHIRO AT 6PM; ALSO, THE ALPHA OMEGA LADY LIONS WILL BE AT NORMANGEE AT 4:30PM.

SOME LATE-GAME HEROICS ON MONDAY SPURRED THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA TO ITS 1ST-EVER NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. THE CAVALIERS SURVIVED REGULATION TIED WITH TEXAS TECH, SENDING THE GAME INTO OVERTIME WHERE VIRGINIA WAS PERFECT ON 12 FREE-THROW ATTEMPTS AND EVENTUALLY SUBDUED THE  RED RAIDERS 85-77. THE RUNNER-UP FINISH WAS TEXAS TECH’S BEST FINISH EVER IN THE NCAAs. SPORTSBOOKS IN LAS VEGAS HAVE ALREADY INSTALLED VIRGINIA AS THE FAVORITES TO REPEAT ITS NATIONAL TITLE IN 2020.

IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, THE HOUSTON ASTROS SCORED ON A BROKEN-BAT INFIELD SINGLE ON MONDAY TO RALLY FOR A 4-3 VICTORY OVER THE NEW YORK YANKEES AT MINUTE MAID PARK. THE ‘STROS – WHO HAVE WON 4 IN A ROW – WILL HOST THE YANKEES AGAIN TODAY AT 7PM ON ESPN & ON AT&T SPORTSNET. IN OTHER MLB ACTION, THE TEXAS RANGERS WILL BE AT ARIZONA AGAINST THE DIAMONDBACKS AT 8:40PM ON FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST. IN ANOTHER BASEBALL NOTE, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS SCUTTLED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH THE CUBAN BASEBALL FEDERATION, ARGUING THAT THE SPORT’S GOVERNING BODY IS PART OF THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND THAT THE AGREEMENT VIOLATES UNITED STATES TRADE LAW.

IN THE NBA, HOUSTON ROCKETS COACH MIKE D’ANTONI HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED SINCE FRIDAY DUE TO AN INTESTINAL VIRUS, BUT EXPECTS TO BE RELEASED TODAY AND REJOIN THE TEAM BEFORE THE POSTSEASON PLAYOFFS. THE ROCKETS WILL FINISH THEIR REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE AT OKLAHOMA CITY TODAY AT 8:30PM ON T-N-T. MEANWHILE, THE DALLAS MAVERICKS WILL HOST PHOENIX AT 7:30PM.