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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX

September 13, 2018

Good morning! 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rookie Francisco Arcia homered twice and drove in four runs, rookie Jose Fernandez hit his second career homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 8-1. SENT: 700 words, photos.


DETROIT — George Springer understood the situation as he was about to dive for Dawel Lugo’s line drive in the eighth inning. “I could tell I was either going to get to it, or this is going to be a really bad play,” the Houston outfielder said. “I’m happy that I got to it.” Springer made the catch to help preserve Houston’s lead, and the Astros swept a series at Comerica Park for the first time, wrapping up a three-game set with a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers had a man on first with two outs in the eighth when Lugo hit a liner down the line in right field. Springer made a diving catch . If he had missed and the ball had skipped past, the tying run would have scored. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 650 words, photos.


— BBN--CUBS-DARVISH — Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to clean out loose debris. The team announced that the procedure, termed a debridement, has beem performed by Texas Rangers physician Keith Meister, who has a history with Darvish. SENT: 140 words.




PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles made the right choice when he picked the Eagles over the Buccaneers last season. Foles has a Super Bowl MVP award to show for a tough decision that came down to familiarity. Now he’ll get a chance to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday because Carson Wentz still isn’t ready to return from knee surgery. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 300 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has practiced fully after being knocked out of Tennessee’s season opener when he hurt the elbow on his right, throwing arm. Barring any setbacks, Titans coach Mike Vrabel expects his quarterback to play Sunday. That’s when the Titans (0-1) host rival Houston (0-1) in an early AFC South showdown. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— FBN--TEXANS-MOVES — The Houston Texans have placed cornerback Kevin Johnson and right tackle Seantrel Henderson on injured reserve. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 160 words.



NORMAN, Okla. — As the season approached, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray often said he wanted to shift the focus back to football. Sure, he was a first-round Major League Baseball draft pick who signed with the Oakland A’s for nearly $5 million this summer. But Murray came back to school to play football, so he evaded baseball questions like sliding to avoid hits. He’s given folks plenty of reason to talk about his exploits on the gridiron heading into Saturday’s game at Iowa State. He has completed 64 percent of his passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 92 yards and two more scores for the fifth-ranked Sooners (2-0). By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 670 words, photos.


Iowa State has found a replacement for its canceled opener. The Cyclones said they will host Incarnate Word on Dec. 1 — unless Iowa State qualifies for the Big 12 title game or Incarnate Word reaches the FCS playoffs. Iowa State will pay Incarnate Word $300,000 for the game and provide use of a charter aircraft for the team to fly to Iowa. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 300 words, photos.


FORT WORTH, Texas — One of college football’s marquee matchups this weekend is for all of those “Little Sisters of the Poor” teams that Ohio State’s former president once said the Buckeyes didn’t play. A lot has changed since Gordon Gee’s statement went viral nearly eight years ago, but there is no denying the role his comments made in ensuring Saturday night’s big game between No. 15 TCU and No. 4 Ohio State at the home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 800 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — J.T. Daniels doesn’t know much about losing. He only did it a few times during his three years as a high school quarterback in Orange County, and he never even trailed during any of Mater Dei’s 15 games last year. So Daniels’ first setback as Southern California’s starting quarterback has presented the precocious freshman with an unfamiliar disappointment, along with a few lessons about the Trojans’ offense and his responsibilities in it. He knows time is a factor with a perilous trip to Texas looming this weekend. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 600 words, photos.


The Southeastern Conference has all the built-in advantages when it comes to selling college football: Incredibly passionate fan bases, relatively little competition from professional sports franchises and a long history of competitive teams. Even so, the league isn’t immune to a national trend of falling attendance. Like other schools around the country, SEC programs are trying to do something about it. By David Brandt. SENT: 940 words, photos.




— FBC--AP TOP 25 PODCAST. By Ralph D. Russo.

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— GYM--GYMANSTICS COACH-ARRESTED — An arrest warrant for a gymnastics coach facing sex abuse charges in Texas and Oklahoma alleges he put his hands inside girls’ leotards. SENT: 120 words. Moved on general and sports news services.


US Soccer Federation

— SOC--US-MCKENNIE — U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie has a bruised left knee, not a sprain as first announced. The 20-year-old Texan left the Americans’ 1-0 exhibition win over Mexico in the 40th minute after injuring the knee. SENT: 110 words, photos.


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