BELTON — Head coach Mark Krueger likened playing back-to-back days to postseason life. Fitting, then, that less than 24 hours after his District 12-6A-leading Belton squad defeated second-place Harker Heights, the Tigers guaranteed themselves that the playoffs would be part of their future.

Belton answered rival Temple’s five-run fourth with three runs in its half of the inning to regain its lead that it didn’t relinquish a second time in an eventual 11-5 victory Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field that clinched the Tigers’ postseason spot with three regular-season games remaining.

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LOS ANGELES — Corey Baird scored in the 61st minute, and Los Angeles FC sent expansion Austin FC to a 2-0 defeat Saturday in the inaugural match for Major League Soccer’s 27th team.

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Stewart Cink shot a 2-under 69 in the third round Saturday, maintained his five-stroke lead and set another scoring mark at the RBC Heritage, moving closer to his third victory at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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KILLEEN — The month of April has not been kind to the Temple Wildcats, who entered Friday’s game at Killeen Ellison riding a three-game losing streak, and the Eagles didn’t let the visitors climb out of their rut.

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Two-time champion Stewart Cink moved into position for a third RBC Heritage title, shooting a second straight 63 on Friday to set the 36-hole scoring mark at Harbour Town.

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Major League Soccer embarks on the 2021 season with a new labor agreement in hand, the return of two big stars, a new team in Austin and lessons learned from 2020.

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TOKYO — Two officials in Japan’s ruling party said Thursday changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics. One suggested they still could be canceled. The other said even if they proceed, it might be without any fans.

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Entering Wednesday afternoon, the Temple College Lady Leopards were on a positive trend. Temple had won seven straight games and nine of its last 10 before beginning a Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader with Grayson, which ranked second in the league.

So after taking advantage of a friendly portion of their schedule, the question looming over the Lady Leopards was how they would fare against one of the premier teams in their conference.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Nate Lowe hit a solo homer and Texas rookie Kohei Arihara got his first major league victory, pitching into the sixth inning Wednesday night as the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and OG Anunoby scored 22 points to help the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-112 on Wednesday night.

Having six of its eight District 12-6A games decided by three runs or less heading into Tuesday night’s encounter with Harker Heights, Temple is no stranger to close ballgames.

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BELTON — Sitting in first place in the District 12-6A baseball standings, the Belton Tigers know they control their destiny in pursuit of the league crown.

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NEW BRAUNFELS — With the newfound momentum and energy the Salado Lady Eagles manufactured in the second half of their Class 4A state semifinal girls soccer match against Corpus Christi Calallen, it seemed that it was only a matter of time before the Lady Eagles not only tied the match but al…