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

December 19, 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 _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets look for their fifth straight victory when they host the Washington Wizards. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.


ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Orlando Magic tries to build on a two-game winning streak and climb back to .500 when they host the San Antonio Spurs. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.



COLLEGE STATION, Texas _ Texas A&M looks for its fourth straight win after losing its previous four when the Aggies host Valparaiso. By Brent Zwerneman. 600 words


Texas Southern plays Lamar at Montagne Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ The Miami Hurricanes try to break a four-game losing streak, their longest since 2011, when they end a 14-day break and play Houston Baptist on Wednesday night. By Santos Perez. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 6 p.m. CST.


DURHAM, N.C. _ Zion Williamson seems comfortable as the star of the show at No. 2 Duke. That’s not easy at a program that has taken an ensemble approach to its collection of likely one-and-done freshmen. Williamson has emerged as the natural face of the Blue Devils (10-1). At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, he’s larger than both starting defensive ends on the Blue Devils’ football team _ yet he also set a Duke record over the summer with a 45-inch vertical leap. He’s the Atlantic Coast Conference’s second-leading scorer at 20.4 points per game, ranks fourth with a 9.0 rebounding average and is blocking two shots per game heading into Thursday night’s game against No. 12 Texas Tech (10-0) at Madison Square Garden. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 620 words, with photos.





A late flip by a quarterback from Michigan effected Ohio State and Georgia and had some wondering if Justin Fields could have played a part. Dwan Mathis from Belleville, Michigan, flipped from the Buckeyes to the Bulldogs, a day after Fields’ name appeared in the NCAA’s transfer database. Another notable decision on Wednesday’s first day of the early signing period was cornerback Elijah Blades, a top junior college recruit who signed with Texas A&M after been committed to Oregon. The Ducks, who are likely to have a top-10 class, also lost out on defensive back Jeremiah Criddell of California to Oklahoma. By Ralph D. Russo. 750 words, with photos. Developing.




FRISCO, Texas _ San Diego State tries to end a five-game bowl skid when it faces Ohio on Wednesday night in the Frisco Bowl. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 7 p.m. CST kickoff.







HOUSTON _ Free agent outfielder Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros have finalized a $32 million, two-year contract. The 31-year-old, whose deal was announced Wednesday, had spent his entire 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians, where he was a three-time All-Star. Brantley is a career .295 hitter and gives Houston an upgrade to an outfield anchored by center fielder George Springer. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 120 words, with photo. Will be updated following 1:30 p.m. CST news conference.





AUSTIN, Texas _ Officials in Austin, Texas, have finalized a partnership for a new 20,000-seat stadium for the eventual Major League Soccer club Austin FC. The deal with PreCourt Sports Ventures will build a $225 million privately funded stadium on city land. It would be open spring 2021 when Austin FC is expected to start playing. The stadium project was born out of Columbus (Ohio) Crew owner Anthony Precourt’s efforts to relocate the franchise to Austin. The Crew is expected to stay in Columbus under a new ownership group led by Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam. SENT: 140 word


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