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

August 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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ARLINGTON, Texas — Minnesota lefty Stephen Gonsalves is looking for his first major league win in his third career start. Drew Hutchison goes for the Rangers on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series between AL also-rans. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.


HOUSTON — Houston’s Framber Valdez opposes Angels right-hander Jaime Barria when the Astros and Angels continue a four-game series. The Angels won the opener 5-2. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m. CDT.





LANDOVER, Md. — A year ago, Texas didn’t really know what to expect before playing its first game under coach Tom Herman and lost to Maryland 51-41. In the rematch Saturday, the 23rd-ranked Longhorns face a team dealing with uncertainty, adversity and with an interim head coach. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 690 words, photos.


FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU coach Gary Patterson is doing his best to keep everyone from looking ahead to a long-anticipated game in Week 3. The message has at least gotten through to his players. Senior DE Ben Banogu says the sole purpose for the 16th-ranked Frogs is to get ready to play SWAC team Southern. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.


STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State’s football program has hit a little adversity early in Joe Moorhead’s tenure. Now the first-year coach is interested in how the Bulldogs respond. o. 18 Mississippi State will play Saturday’s opener against Stephen F. Austin without senior starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who was suspended for the first game because of a “violation of team policy” that happened in March. Sophomore Keytaon Thompson will start instead and Moorhead doesn’t expect any dropoff in performance. By David Brandt. SENT: 600 words, with photo.


Mississippi and Texas Tech are two programs that haven’t had many problems scoring points over the past several seasons. Stopping opponents has often been a different story. Both the Rebels and Red Raiders hope to have a much-improved defense when they play in Saturday’s season opener in Houston at NRG Stadium. By David Brandt. SENT: 650 words, with photos.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers coach Chris Ash enters his third season, trying to rebuild a downtrodden program. He’s hoping true freshman Artur Sitkowski quarterback can provide an instant spark as starting quarterback. Sitkowski beat out senior captain Gio Rescigno and sophomore Jonathan Lewis to start against Texas State on Saturday. By Matt Sugam. SENT: 500 words.


TEMPE, Ariz. — Herm Edwards is ready to step back on the sidelines, preparing to lead Arizona State in its season opener Saturday night against UTSA, and he’s favored to win, too. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words.


WACO, Texas — Matt Rhule had no reason this week to remind Baylor players about how last season started. The Bears won only once last year, after starting with consecutive home losses to teams that had never before beaten a team from a Power Five conference. They open Rhule’s second season against FCS team Abilene Christian. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.


ATLANTA — United Airlines is adding flights and using bigger planes this fall to carry passengers to college football games across the U.S. The Chicago-based airline says the added seats will bring passengers to “top college football markets.” United is adding flights to destinations that include the South Carolina cities of Columbia and Greenville; and Knoxville, Tennessee; College Station, Texas; South Bend, Indiana; and State College, Pennsylvania, among others. It will also use larger airplanes for destinations such as Birmingham, Alabama; Austin, Texas; and Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. SENT: 120 words. Moving on news, sports & financial lines.



FORT WORTH, Texas — A high school football team in North Texas has broken its 77-game losing streak that dragged on for nearly eight years. Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis on Thursday night defeated Dallas Conrad 40-12. Fort Worth Independent School District spokesman Clint Bond said Friday that the last victory for the Eagles had been on Sept. 18, 2010, in a 31-7 win over Thomas Jefferson, another Dallas school. SENT: 100 words.


ARAB, Ala. — The fight over Confederate symbolism has landed in an Alabama town where education leaders have banned the high school marching band from playing “Dixie” as the fight song. Dozens of opponents of the decision packed a city school board meeting Thursday night in support of the tune. University and high school bands across the South played “Dixie” for generations, but the practice waned as complaints rose about the song being a painful, racially insensitive reminder. The Marching Rebels band of Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, quit playing “Dixie” last year. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 840 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


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