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Oklahoma State softball is headed to the postseason, and the Cowgirls won't be far from home when they begin NCAA regional play.

Oklahoma State softball in NCAA Tournament; Marcus Smart, Celtics inch closer to NBA Finals

Welcome to the Monday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.

Cowgirls earn NCAA Tournament bid

Oklahoma State softball earned an NCAA Tournament bid on Sunday. The Cowgirls won’t be hosting their regional, but they won’t be far from home, either.

Oklahoma State landed in the Fayetteville (Ark.) Regional with No. 13 overall seed Arkansas, Wichita State and DePaul.

The Cowgirls, who are the No. 2 seed in their regional, will play the Shockers 2:30 p.m. ET, Friday. The winner will face the Arkansas-DePaul winner, which begins at 5 p.m. ET on Friday.

Marcus Smart, Celtics inch closer to NBA Finals

Former Oklahoma State men’s basketball star Marcus Smart and the Celtics throttled the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Host Boston beat Cleveland 108-83 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Smart, in his fourth season with the Celtics, scored 9 points, dished out 6 assists and recorded a steal in 25 minutes off the bench for the Celtics.

Boston is three wins away from its first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. Game 2 will again be in Boston, at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. ESPN will televise.

For all of the former Big 12 players playing in the conference finals, click here.

Other headlines

James Washington inks contract with Steelers, Mason Rudolph still unsigned

Football lands pledge from out-of-state defensive tackle Xavier Ross

Cowgirls softball’s Madi Sue Montgomery sets school record for home runs in a season

• Men’s basketball lands 2018 point guard Isaac Likekele

What they’re saying on social media

• Mike Gundy

• Cowgirls softball

• Jeffrey Carroll, former men’s basketball player

• James Washington, former football player

First time in the Black & Gold #steelernation

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• Cowboys baseball