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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

July 31, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org

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PHOENIX — The Texas Rangers, winners of four straight over two of the game’s better teams, send 46-year-old Bortolo Colon to the mound to try to make it two in a row over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with Zack Godley. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 8:40 p.m. CDT.


SEATTLE — The Houston Astros send Charlie Morton to the mound on Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners looking to snap Houston’s five-game losing streak. The Mariners have pulled back within three games of the Astros in the AL West. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m. CDT.



OAKLAND, Calif. — Right-hander Trevor Cahill makes his 200th career start when he pitches for the Oakland Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays, who will have Ken Giles join them a day after his trade from Houston. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:05 p.m. CDT.





OXNARD, Calif. — Sean Lee had strong words for criticism from former teammate Dez Bryant. Tyrone Crawford said these Dallas Cowboys were in the business of football, not things such as Bryant’s Twitter-fed controversy. Life after Jason Witten means leadership from several sources. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.





NEW YORK — With the WNBA All-Star break in the rearview mirror teams are ready for the sprint to the of the regular season. All 12 teams will play eight or nine games over the next few weeks setting the stage for what should be of the most exciting final few weeks of the regular season in league history. There are only four losses separating second place Atlanta and ninth-place Las Vegas. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 690 words, with photo.




ATLANTA — The MLS All-Star Game is more than a chance to show off the league’s top players against a storied European club. It’s an opportunity for the still up-and-coming circuit to brag about a franchise that has become it most amazing success story. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.




BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Border Patrol officers in South Texas have put a wedge between smugglers and $40,000 worth of marijuana stuffed in golf bags found abandoned along the Rio Grande. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Monday announced the marijuana was confiscated near Brownsville. Officers saw several people swim from the Texas riverbank to Mexico. Agents searched the area and discovered the golf bags, some with clubs sticking out, filled with about 50 pounds of pot. Officials believe the smugglers were trying to hauling the marijuana-laden golf bags to a nearby course. SENT: 100 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.


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