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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Texas sports news from The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Ryon Healy's first career grand slam broke a tie in the sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros. The score was 1-1 when Matt Joyce singled to start the sixth. Jed Lowrie singled with one out before Yonder Alonso drew a walk with two outs to load the bases and chase Mike Fiers. He was replaced by James Hoyt, who was greeted with Healy's 18th homer to put the Athletics up 5-1.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Adrian Beltre hit his 450th career home run, a solo drive in the ninth inning off Cody Allen that sent the Texas Rangers over the Cleveland Indians 2-1. Beltre drove the first pitch from Allen (0-4) into the left field bleachers, and moved into sole possession of 39th place on the all-time homer list.

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a busy week off the court for many WNBA teams with a relatively light schedule of games. The Liberty became the first professional sports team to have a float in the New York pride parade. The Wings went to the Dallas Zoo after winning all three of their games this week. Dallas moved up to sixth in The Associated Press WNBA power poll.

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars have announced their buyout of the final year of goalie Antti Niemi's contract, a plan that will spread the $3 million payment over two seasons for an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million. Niemi was due to make $4.5 million coming off a disappointing season. The ninth-year player became expendable after Ben Bishop was acquired in a trade that will likely make him the starter with Kari Lehtonen as the backup.

(AP) - A former federal prosecutor says USA Gymnastics needs a "complete cultural change" to better protect athletes from sexual abuse. Deborah Daniels has released a 144-page report that tasks the embattled organization with overhauling the way it investigates abuse claims. The report recommends that all USA Gymnastics members be required to immediately report suspected sexual misconduct to legal authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The NCAA is conducting an "ongoing, pending investigation" into Baylor University in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president, the school's lawyers confirmed in a federal court filing. Baylor officials acknowledged the investigation while asking a judge to protect the school's communications with the NCAA from attorneys for several women who have sued the nation's largest Baptist university.

(AP) - The Dallas Stars have acquired veteran defenseman Marc Methot in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels has been activated from the 10-day disabled list in time to start against the Cleveland Indians. Hamels has been out for eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle. He was injured warming up for a scheduled start May 2 against Houston.

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