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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

November 29, 2018

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. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--STARS-FLAMES

CALGARY, Alberta — SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--MAVERICKS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — Rookie Luka Doncic and Devin Harris each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks beat Houston 128-108 on Wednesday night despite a triple-double by Rockets star James Harden. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKN--SPURS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS — Robert Covington scored 21 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Derrick Rose each had 16 and the Minnesota Timberwolves shut down the San Antonio Spurs for a 128-89 victory. By Andres Ybarra. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKN--SPURS-GASOL

MINNEAPOLIS — San Antonio forward Pau Gasol has a stress fracture in his left foot, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday. SENT: 180 words.

College

Women

BKW--T25-UTSA-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns took a big blow to their lineup when senior guard Lashann Higgs was lost for the season with a knee injury. Freshman Audrey Warren has stepped up in her place and handled it quite well so far. Warren scored 13 points in her third career start and Danni Williams scored 22 as No. 10 Texas rolled over Texas-San Antonio 98-54 on Wednesday. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 600 words.

Men

— BKC--RICE-TEXAS ST — Nijal Pearson made five 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help Texas State roll to a 74-60 victory over Rice. SENT: 150 words.

— BKC--CENTRAL MICHIGAN-SAM HOUSTON ST — Larry Austin Jr. scored 23 points, distributed seven assists and collected six rebounds and Central Michigan turned it on in the second half to beat Sam Houston State 81-65. SENT: 180 words.

— BKC--TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY-HOUSTON — Corey Davis Jr. had a game-high 23 points as Houston rallied to beat Texas-Rio Grande Valley 58-53. SENT: 150 words.

— BKC--NEW MEXICO ST-UTEP — Ivan Aurrecoechea scored a team-high 15 points as New Mexico State held off UTEP to win 62-58.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--SAINTS-COWBOYS PREVIEW

ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees and the Saints are going for an 11th straight win since a season-opening loss when they visit the Cowboys on Thursday night. That’s exactly what Dallas did with rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott two years ago. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 870 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--SAINTS-COWBOYS PREVIEW CAPSULE

FBN--TEXANS-WATT’S COMEBACK

HOUSTON — On the day J.J. Watt was selected AFC defensive player of the week, the defensive end who missed most of the last two seasons with serious injuries was asked if he’s all the way back. His simple answer: “No.” As well as Watt is playing in his comeback, he still believes he can do much more for the Houston Texans, starting with helping them extend their winning streak to nine games with a victory Sunday over Cleveland. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 630 words, photos.

College

FBC--T25-BIG 12-BAD BLOOD

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is never short on bad blood between the Big 12 border states. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--TEXAS-TEXAS A&M-RESUME RIVALRY — A state lawmaker has filed a bill that would require Texas A&M and Texas to resume their storied football rivalry during the Thanksgiving holiday period. SENT: 120 words, photos.

— FBC--TEXAS STATE-SPAVITAL — Texas State has hired West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital as its next head coach. SENT: 130 words.

— FBC--BIG 12 AWARDS — Oklahoma has the Big 12′s top offensive player for the fourth season in a row. SENT: 150 words, photos.

High School

— FBH--HS PLAYOFFS

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBO--UNION-CLARK

IRVING, Texas — Tony Clark’s contract as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association was extended through 2022, a year past the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement with MLB. The former All-Star first baseman became executive director after previous union head Michael Weiner died in 2013, and Clark led negotiations for a labor contract covering 2017-21. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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