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HOUSTON — Now within 1½ games of the AL West-leading Astros, Oakland starts Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA) in the series finale in Houston. The Astros go with Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54) after having their six-game winning streak snapped. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CDT.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Los Angeles Dodgers, who are within a game of the NL West lead, look for their fifth win in a row when they close out their interleague schedule with the end of a quick two-game set at Texas. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott had uncertainty at running back last year with Ezekiel Elliott’s looming suspension as the Cowboys missed the playoffs. Now the unknown is in the passing game with the departures of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
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FBN--AFC SOUTH PREVIEW
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For so very long, the AFC South easily ranked among the NFL’s worst divisions. Not anymore. Both Jacksonville and Tennessee are coming off playoff berths, with the Jaguars a blown lead in the AFC championship game from playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. The Jaguars and Titans also have their rosters from those trips back largely intact. Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt are healthy again in Houston. Even Andrew Luck is throwing passes and ready for the season in Indianapolis. If the Texans stay healthy, they are chasing their third division title in four years. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 950 words, with photos.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Alfred Morris knew the right opportunity would come, even as training camps opened and he remained home in Texas. Once the San Francisco 49ers called, Morris didn’t take long to get comfortable with his new team. With a stellar performance in Saturday’s exhibition at Indianapolis, the veteran running back appears to have earned a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. By Joe Stiglich. SENT: 580 words, with photo.
FBC--STICKING WITH BAYLOR
Baylor was coming off its first Big 12 football championship when Chris Platt signed his letter of intent in the spring of 2014, and the speedy receiver didn’t play as a true freshman that fall when the Bears shared the title again. Now he is among 10 fifth-year seniors who arrived on the Waco campus with the program at the peak of its on-field success and stayed through tumultuous times. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos.
FBC--NORTHWESTERN ST-TEXAS A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Coach Jimbo Fisher is preparing to make his debut at Texas A&M when the Aggies host Northwestern State in their opener on Thursday in the only tuneup before hosting second-ranked Clemson next Saturday. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 400 words.
FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. New faces this year include Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher , Mississippi State’s Joe Moorhead , Arkansas’ Chad Morris , Florida’s Dan Mullen and Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt . Mississippi’s Matt Luke was an interim coach last year but was hired on a permanent basis after the season. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 790 words, with photos.
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs have signed Quincy Pondexter, adding a forward in the same week veteran star Manu Ginobili announced his retirement. The 6-foot-7 Pondexter spent last season with the Chicago Bulls, averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes in 23 games. The seven-year NBA veteran out of Washington has averaged 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes over 302 total games with Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago. SENT: 120 words.
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