AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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HOUSTON — Alex Bregman and Tyler White homered and drove in four runs each as the Houston Astros rallied for an 11-4 win over the Oakland Athletics. It was the sixth straight win for the first-place Astros, who moved to 2 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the AL West standings. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.
Manu Ginobili has played his final game, and with that a new era awaits the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili has announced his decision to retire, the 41-year-old wrapping up what he called a “fabulous journey” in which he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — Tom Herman spent an entire offseason swatting away questions about who will call the plays for Texas, him or beleaguered offensive coordinator Tim Beck. His latest answer has now come. “We’ll all be calling plays,” Herman said, and he will have veto power. “The responsibility of the offense and its performance ultimately lies with me.” By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 430 words, photos.
WACO, Texas — Baylor’s depth chart lists returning starter Charlie Brewer or graduate transfer Jalan McClendon as the quarterback, and coach Matt Rhule still isn’t ready to say which one will take the first snap of the season. The Bears open their second season under Rhule on Saturday night at home against Abilene Christian. SENT: 400 words.
NFC EAST PREVIEW
PHILADELPHIA — Before they try to become the ninth team to repeat as Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles will try to accomplish another tough task. Winning consecutive NFC East titles is so difficult it hasn’t happened since the Eagles did it four straight seasons from 2001-04. It’s also been 13 years since the New England Patriots were the most recent team to win back-to-back championships. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 810 words, photos.
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