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

May 16, 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 800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org.

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HOUSTON — James Harden and the top-seeded Houston Rockets look to even up the Western Conference finals at 1-1 after Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took Game 1 in Houston on Monday night. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CDT.


HOUSTON — Gerald Green was at a crossroads. Released by Milwaukee in training camp, the career journeyman couldn’t find another NBA team. He contemplated playing internationally and in the G League, but no one had any use for the over-30 player with almost a decade of NBA experience. “I was like: ‘Look man, when Jan. 1, 2018, hits, if I’m unsigned, I’m putting out a big statement on my Instagram letting everybody know, thank you for the awesome career over all these years but I’m done,’” he said. Just four days shy of his self-imposed deadline, Green received the call that his hometown Houston Rockets wanted him. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,110 words, with photos.





SEATTLE — Bartolo Colon makes his seventh start of the season as the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners close out a brief two-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Colon has pitched at least seven innings in three of his past five starts. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 2:40 p.m. CDT.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Justin Verlander faces Garrett Richards when the Houston Astros wrap up an entertaining three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:40 p.m. CDT.





AUSTIN, Texas — Texas and Alabama, which last met in 2010 Rose Bowl, will play each other in 2022 and 2023. Texas officials announced the agreement Wednesday. Alabama will travel to Texas in 2022 and the teams meet in Tuscaloosa the following year. The Longhorns will push a home-and-home series with Ohio State from those years back to 2025-2026. SENT: 130 words.


BRISTOL, Conn. — National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC’s first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend. ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In week two, Penn State will face Pittsburgh for the ABC Saturday Night Game. Ohio State faces TCU at Arlington, Texas, the following Saturday night. SENT: 130 words.





DALLAS — Jordan Spieth headlines a relatively weak field as his hometown AT&T Byron Nelson tournament shifts from its longtime home in the suburbs to a new links-style course south of downtown Dallas. The three-time major winner believes Trinity Forest will grow on his peers. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.




EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal was announced Wednesday by Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his hands under the guise of treatment. He also possessed child pornography and is serving decades in prison. Some members of the Olympic team trained in Texas. By David Eggert and Ed White. SENT: 340 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.




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