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

January 29, 2019

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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HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets look for their fourth straight win when they host the New Orleans Pelicans, who are dealing with the news that Anthony Davis wants to be traded. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words, with photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.


SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs seek a third straight win in a visit from Phoenix. The Suns are wrapping up a nine-game stretch that included seven road games. They lost the first eight. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.



WACO, Texas _ Chloe Jackson took an unusual path to being the starting point guard for top-ranked Baylor and coach Kim Mulkey. Jackson was a graduate transfer last summer after two seasons as a shooting guard at LSU. She was a standout soccer player who also loved basketball in high school, and if not for a rare earthquake affecting her home state of Maryland then, she might now be kicking balls somewhere instead running the floor for the nation’s top women’s basketball team. Big 12-leading Baylor (17-1) on Monday took over the No. 1 spot in the AP women’s basketball poll for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 regular season. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 640 words, with photos.



AUSTIN, Texas _ No. 11 Kansas dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time this season but still leads the Big 12 as the Jayhawks visit Texas on Tuesday night. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CST

_ BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK. By Aaron Beard. ESNT: 750 words, with photos.





HOUSTON _ Deshaun Watson’s mother spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams. Now that Watson has achieved one of his biggest goals of reaching the NFL, the Houston Texans quarterback is giving back to her by renovating the home he grew up in. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 540 words, with photos.


BOSTON _ Atlanta Falcons linebacker Tommy Nobis seemed to transition easily into his post-playing career, landing a job as the manager of the team’s training camp hotel and rising through the franchise’s front office to vice president. For three more decades, the man who came to be known as “Mr. Falcon” never left football. Researchers confirm what Nobis’ family long suspected: He had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repetitive blows to the head. A two-way star at Texas whose No. 60 was retired by both the Falcons and the Longhorns, Nobis died in 2017. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,360 words, with photos.



Marathon overtime games in college football, like the one Texas A&M and LSU played last season, are a rare. The NCAA would like to make them extinct by tweaking rules for its OT format. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.




HOUSTON _ The top official in the county home to the Houston Astrodome is raising questions about a $105 million plan to redevelop the long-vacant sports stadium into a parking garage. The Houston Chronicle reports that Harris County’s new judge, Lina Hidalgo, began questioning the project’s costs last week after learning the funding didn’t include air conditioning. UPCOMING 300 words, with photo. Moving on news, sports & business lines.


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