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Local Sports March 30th, 2011

The Rangers unveiled some Texas-sized improvements at the ballpark Tuesday, from a 3-pound pretzel to a new high-definition video board over Home Run Porch that is six times larger than the old one.

The 5,042-square-feet video board is part of $13 million in upgrades the Rangers have made to the 17-year-old ballpark since last season. Other improvements include a total overhaul of the stadium’s sound system, installation of 800 high-definition televisions throughout the ballpark and a 725-square-foot HD video board over center field that will provide up-to the minute scores and statistics during games.

Team president Nolan Ryan said”It’s our commitment to our fans’ experience at the ballpark. A lot of these things will enhance the game. I think fans will appreciate that along with another great season.”

The Rangers Opening Day game against the Boston Red Sox starts at 3:05 p.m. Friday.

As the NBA’s leading scorer, Kevin Durant is the kind of decoy that’s hard to ignore.

The Oklahoma City Thunder used him to perfection to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-114 in overtime Tuesday night.

Durant took his place on the right side of the lane and headed toward the free-throw line as though he was getting ready to receive a pass, just as fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook took off on a drive to the basket.

The result: a foul against Stephen Curry with 11.4 seconds left, leading to Westbrook’s game-winning free throw.

WASHINGTON (AP)—Each NFL player who contributed to a lockout fund will be able to begin collecting up to a total of about $60,000.

After setting aside union dues and royalties during recent seasons, eligible players may start drawing from the fund April 15.

NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith said on March 18 that money was available to help players while they are not receiving paychecks during the lockout, which owners imposed after the collective bargaining agreement expired. Smith would not provide details.

The NFLPA sent players an email—a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press—to let them know its board of player directors “approved the payout from the Lockout Fund to begin on April 15, in six installments or until the lockout ends.”

Players were instructed to fill out a direct deposit enrollment form attached to the email.

NFL.com first reported Tuesday about the NFLPA email.

Negotiations for a new CBA broke off March 11. The union announced that day it was dissolving itself and no longer represented the players. That allowed players to file a class-action antitrust lawsuit in federal court. Hours later, at midnight, the owners locked out the players, creating the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.

A hearing on players’ request for an injunction to lift the lockout is scheduled for April 6 in St. Paul, Minn.

The main sticking point throughout contract talks was how to divide the NFL’s more than $9 billion in annual revenues.


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