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

August 1, 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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SEATTLE — Dallas Keuchel is 5-1 in his last six decisions and takes the mound in the finale of Houston’s three-game series against Seattle on Wednesday afternoon. The Mariners counter with Wade LeBlanc, who is 6-1 on the season. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 3:10 p.m. CDT.


PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels makes his first start for the Chicago Cubs when they face the Pirates. Hamels went 5-9 for Texas before the Cubs acquired him last week. Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT.





OXNARD, Calif. — DeMarcus Lawrence had the second-best sack total in the NFL last year, Taco Charlton wants to start delivering on first-round expectations and Randy Gregory is trying to get his career back on track. The three high draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys take their separate story lines into 2018. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


MONTREAL — Johnny Manziel will make his CFL debut against his former team. The Montreal Alouettes announced that Manziel, a former Texas A&M and ex-NFL player, will be their starter Friday night when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner began the season with Hamilton and was dealt to Montreal on July 22 in a five-player deal that also included two first-round draft picks. SENT: 630 words, with photos.




DETROIT — The Michigan attorney general’s office is defending the conduct of Larry Nassar’s sentencing judge and asking that she deny a defense request to disqualify herself from the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s appeal. The Detroit News reports that the attorney general’s office says in court documents filed Tuesday that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s role was different than a trial judge when she sentenced Nassar after he pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Will be updated. Moving on news & sports lines.


HOUSTON — A Houston massage therapist who in 2012 flew to London before the Summer Olympics but was sent back to Texas faces up to life in prison for sexually exploiting boys. The Houston Chronicle reports a U.S. jury convicted 41-year-old Jason Daniel Gandy of sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and transportation of minors, making sexually explicit images and transporting child pornography. Prosecutors say Gandy, who awaits sentencing, ran a massage business from his Texas home. Gandy in July 2012 flew with a 15-year-old to Heathrow Airport. Immigration officials, amid Olympics tight security, questioned why Gandy was with a boy who’s not a relative. The Chronicle reports the victim testified he expected to be hired out for sexually explicit massages during the Olympics. SENT: 130 words. Moving on news & sports lines.





ODESSA, Texas — Ramon Franco has been teaching boys how to box for 13 years at Odessa Boxing Club. The Odessa American reports the big thing he’s learned is that there are no losers in the amateur branch of the sport. By Bob Campbell, the Odessa American. SENT: 1,080 words, pursing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


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