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

December 31, 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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NFL:

FBN-TEXANS-PLAYOFFS

HOUSTON _ The Houston Texans return to the playoffs on Saturday for the third time in four years when they host the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game. The Texans have had success in this round of the postseason, winning three of their previous four wild-card games. By Kristie Rieken. 600 words.

FBN-RUST-FREE COWBOYS

DALLAS _ Dak Prescott barely played in a three-week span before losing his playoff debut with the Cowboys two years ago. Rust won’t be an excuse this time in a wild-card game against Seattle. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m. CT.

NBA:

BKN-CELTICS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ Boston visits the Spurs with the Celtics finishing a three-game trip looking for their fourth win in five games. San Antonio is coming off a solid road win against the Clippers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CT.

BKN-GRIZZLIES-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets look for their fifth straight win as they host the Memphis Grizzlies, losers of six of the last eight. By Kristie Rieken. 700 words. Photos.

NHL:

HKN-CANADIENS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars play their annual New Year’s Eve home game, this time against one of hockey’s marquee franchises in the Montreal Canadiens. Dallas won the first meeting 4-1 in Canada. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

FBC-SUGAR BOWL PREVIEW

NEW ORLEANS _ Texas hopes to cap a surprisingly successful season with a win in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, which is a program that many thought deserved a slot in the College Football Playoff. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. CT.

FBC-GATOR BOWL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ No. 21 Texas A&M and North Carolina State meet for the first time, in the Gator Bowl, with the winner taking a four-game winning streak into 2019. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Begins at 7:30 p.m.

FBC-SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas _ Stanford seeks another season-ending winning streak with a Sun Bowl victory in a matchup with Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m. ET.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC-TEXAS LUTHERAN-SAM HOUSTON STATE

Texas Lutheran plays Sam Houston State at Bernard Johnson Coliseum.

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