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

September 26, 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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TORONTO — The Houston Astros had long left the ballpark and were back at their hotel when they clinched their second straight AL title at about 2 a.m. when Oakland lost in Seattle. The Astros this afternoon wrap up their series at Toronto. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


— BBA--ASTROS-BLUE JAYS. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game starts at 3:07 p.m. CDT.



HOUSTON — Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has offered advice and a free playoff ticket to an 8-year-old special needs girl who apparently was yelled at by another fan for loudly cheering at an Astros game. McCullers on Wednesday tweeted “Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering” and offered her a ticket for an Oct. 5 playoff game. Chloe’s mother, Monica Beaver, posted video from Sunday’s 6-2 Astros win over the Angels that appears to show another fan chiding the girl for being too loud. Beaver says her daughter has been diagnosed with a mood disorder that affects her emotions. Chloe cried after being scolded. SENT: 120 words. Moving on news & sports lines.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Andrew Heaney takes on Yohander Mendez when the Los Angeles Angels look to sweep the Texas Rangers in the penultimate series of the AL West rivals’ seasons. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:07 p.m. CDT.





HOUSTON — Houston Texans safety Andre Hal’s Hodgkin lymphoma is in remission. Hal was diagnosed with the disease in May and immediately began treatment. He received the news of his remission on Sept. 18. He chose not to undergo chemotherapy, instead opting for a less aggressive form of treatment with hopes of returning to the field this season. Texans trainer Geoff Kaplan says there is a possibility that Hal could play this season and called his recovery: “the best-case scenario that you could imagine.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 160 words, with photo.


HOUSTON — A season so promising just a few short weeks ago is on the verge of falling apart for the Houston Texans. One of only two winless teams in the NFL, the Texans are desperate to get a victory on Sunday against the Colts and try to salvage their season. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.



NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma is licking its wounds after going to overtime with Army and its triple-option rushing attack. The sixth-ranked Sooners will take the lessons they learned into Saturday’s game against Baylor. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.


Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. has rushed for 340 yards in two SEC games and ranks third nationally with 540. He is one of four SEC backs ranked in the top 20, including Ole Miss’ Scottie Phillips, Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams and LSU’s Nick Brossette. At a time when mobile quarterbacks are all the rage around college football, successful teams are always looking for durable running backs. Just ask Alabama’s Nick Saban. While the Crimson Tide’s passing attack is soaring, Saban wants more out of his ground game with 1,000-yard rusher Damien Harris on the roster. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 850 words, photos.





The Australian Football League grand final annually attracts a crowd of about 100,000 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This year the Collingwood Magpies, featuring a tall Texan, go for their 16th league title. The opponent Saturday, the West Coast Eagles from Perth, Western Australia, seek their fourth league title. Collingwood fans hope their “American Pie” — 6-foot, 11-inch Mason Cox — will have another match like the semifinal win last weekend over defending champions Richmond. Cox kicked three goals in the second quarter — the first player to achieve that at the senior level of Australian Rules football this season. The 27-year-old Cox is from the Dallas suburb of Highland Village. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 610 words, with photos.




SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Texan Jordan Spieth went the entire PGA Tour season without a victory, and he was the only American on the Ryder Cup team who failed to reach the Tour Championship. One week can still make this year feel like a success — by winning the Ryder Cup in France. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 940 words, with photos


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