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

May 1, 2019

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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OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against James Harden, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets 115-109 for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.





ARLINGTON, Texas _ Bryan Reynolds led off the 11th inning with his first career homer and Starling Marte then added a two-run shot as the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.


_ BBO--PIRATES-BANISTER BACK IN TEXAS _ When Jeff Banister was manager of the Texas Rangers, he would come out early in the day and walk around the ballpark, looking up at the seats, the lights and the flags whipping in the wind high above the field. “I cherished it, I took it home with me and I think more than anything else, it’s a part of me that I’ll never relinquish,” Banister said. “I loved every second of it, even until the last day.” Banister, fired by the Rangers last September with 10 games remaining in his fourth season as manager, was back in the Rangers’ ballpark on Tuesday with Pittsburgh for the start of a two-game interleague series. He is now a special adviser for the Pirates, the organization he had spent nearly three decades with as a player and coach before going 325-313 as the Texas manager. By Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Gerrit Cole pitched seven shutout innings and the Houston Astros hit three home runs in an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. By Joe Ziemer. SENT: 750 words, photos.


_ BBA--ASTROS MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDED _ Houston Astros third base prospect J.J. Matijevic has been suspended for 50 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. SENT: 130 words, photos.




RALEIGH, N.C. _ There hasn’t been much instability at the goaltender position across the NHL during this postseason, which makes sense _ teams generally don’t make the playoffs with shaky goaltending. Carolina became the third team to use multiple goalies, and there wasn’t even a whiff of controversy for the two other teams making in-game moves. Nashville pulled Pekka Rinne for Juuse Saros for the final 45 minutes of Game 4 during the Predators’ first-round series with Dallas, and Aaron Dell twice replaced Martin Jones during San Jose’s opening-round series with Vegas. In Carolina, though, an injury has left the Hurricanes with some uncertainty. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 830 words, photos.


PGA Tour


One week might be enough for Chip McDaniel to shorten his road to the PGA Tour. McDaniel graduated from Kentucky last year and didn’t get out of the second stage of Q-school, leaving him no status anywhere. He spent the next three months working on his game, tried a few mini-tour events and signed up for a qualifying tournament with hopes of playing the Mackenzie Tour in Canada this summer. And then he made it through a Monday qualifier in Florida for the PGA Tour event in the Dominican Republic. And in the final, blustery round at Puntacana, McDaniel closed with a 63 to tie for fifth. McDaniel got into the Texas Open, where he shot 69 in the second round to make the cut before failing to make the 54-hole cut. He gets another chance this week. McDaniel was among four players who qualified Monday for the Wells Fargo Championship. If he doesn’t finish among the top 10 at Quail Hollow, he’s off to Dallas for another Monday qualifier at the AT&T Byron Nelson. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1400 words, photos.




SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Big 12 coaches are discussing the implementation of a standardized conference-wide injury report, but they would prefer some type of national uniformity. The Big 12 is among six FBS conferences holding spring meetings at the same resort hotel in Arizona this week. The American Football Coaches Association also met this week. Introducing NFL-style injury reports to college football has become more likely in the past year as legal wagering on sporting events has become more prevalent. Still, it’s a long way from becoming a reality. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 400 words.


FBC--EX-TEXAS A&M PLAYER-SLAYING _ A former Texas A&M football player accused of hacking a Dallas jogger to death with a machete in 2015 has been convicted of murder. SENT: 130 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.


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