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

July 14, 2018

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HOUSTON — Supermodel Kate Upton and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander are expecting their first child. Upton announced the pregnancy on Instagram on Saturday in a post with the hashtag “pregnant in Miami” where she tagged Verlander. The picture of her in a red, high-waisted suit and white top revealed a slight baby bump. The 26-year-old Upton and 35-year-old Verlander were married on Nov. 4 in Italy, just after Verlander helped the Astros to their first World Series championship. SENT: 150 words.


HOUSTON — Houston third baseman Alex Bregman is a first time All-Star, will appear in his first Home Run Derby next week and has tried his hand at modeling to help promote a new art, fashion and music event during All-Star week called MLB Assembly. The Astros’ rising star is embracing all of these new experiences and can’t wait to soak up everything as the festivities near. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.


HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole is expected to come off the bereavement list to start against Detroit’s Michael Fulmer when the Astros and Tigers continue a three-game series. Houston won the opener 3-0. By Jeremy Rakes. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 3:10 p.m. CT.


BALTIMORE — Orioles rookie Yefry Ramirez vies for his first major league victory when Baltimore takes on the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:15 p.m. CDT.


WASHINGTON — During every previous All-Star Game in Washington, the president was part of the story. Trump’s anticipated absence Tuesday night would allow Nationals Park to perform its usual role for elected officials and other political figures: as a bipartisan oasis. Richard Nixon was the last president to perform the duty for the Washington Senators, the second version of which moved to Texas in 1972. George W. Bush and Barack Obama revived the tradition after the Montreal Expos moved to town in 2005 and became the Nationals. Trump would have a good enough excuse for skipping the game: He’ll have just returned from a trip to Europe, including his summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 970 words, with photos.





LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. The six-game Saturday schedule includes: Pistons-Bulls, Cavaliers-Rockets, Raptors-Hornets, Heat-Celtics, 76ers-Bucks, Grizzlies-Jazz. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.




RUIDOSO, N.M. — Mike Smith became the 12th jockey in history and the only one from New Mexico to win the Triple Crown after flying across the finish line atop three-year-old Justify in June. Smith was born in Roswell and forged his love of horse racing while growing up in the farming community of Dexter. He recently returned to his home state to celebrate his historic victory. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed July 8 as “Mike E. Smith Day,” as the jockey spent the day signing autographs and raising money for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund at Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino. Smith tells the El Paso Times that winning the Triple Crown was an amazing feeling. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.


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