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

September 6, 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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HOUSTON — Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson isn’t overthinking things as he prepares for his first start since season-ending knee injury last November on Sunday at New England. He shared what he believes will allow him to be successful this year. “Really just one thing,” he said. “Be me. That’s it.” By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Before having their 2017 season quickly derailed by an avalanche of injuries that claimed J.J. Watt, DeShaun Watson, Whitney Mercilus and others, the Texans managed to give the Patriots all they could handle in a narrow loss on the road. They return to try again the season opener for both teams, opposite a 41-year-old Tom Brady that is still showing now signs of decline. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For weekend use.


FRISCO, Texas — Travis Frederick is out indefinitely with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder. It’s unlikely the four-time Pro Bowl center of the Dallas Cowboys will be able to pinpoint a possible return when he takes questions for the first time since the diagnosis. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dak Prescott and Cam Newton find themselves in similar situations entering Sunday’s regular-season opener at Carolina. Both quarterbacks are adjusting to a new group of receivers and playing behind banged-up offensive lines. The Cowboys will be looking to replace wide receiver Dez Bryant , the team’s career leader in touchdown catches, and tight end Jason Whitten, who retired after 15 seasons. By Steve Reed. SENT: 770 words, with photos. For weekend use.




DALLAS — No. 16 TCU looks for another 2-0 when the Horned Frogs travel to across the Metroplex to play SMU, whose new coach Sonny Dykes was an offensive analyst for the Horned Frogs last season. That’s still not likely enough of an advantage for the Mustangs. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.


Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy considers Taylor Cornelius somewhat of a dinosaur, and not because his starting quarterback’s 23rd birthday is coming up. Cornelius finally got his first college start in his fifth year in the program. Kyle Kempt got a sixth college season after taking over as Iowa State’s starting quarterback the middle of last season. West Virginia’s 23-year-old starter Will Grier is married with a young daughter. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos.


Iowa State will play an instate rival in its first game after a canceled opener. The Cyclones go to Iowa for the Cy-Hawk Series, one of three non-conference games in the Big 12 against other Power Five teams in Week 2. Kansas State hosts Mississippi State, and Oklahoma is home against UCLA. UPCOMING. 500 words, photos.


Here are some things to watch during the second week of the Southeastern Conference football season. SENT: 500 words, with photos.


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