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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels play the rubber game of a three-game series matching the bottom two teams in the AL West. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.


HOUSTON — Houston rookie Framber Valdez opposes Minnesota's Jake Odorizzi when the Astros look for their fifth straight win in the finale of a three-game series with the Twins. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.





HOUSTON — J.J. Watt has played just eight games over the last two seasons because of injuries leaving everyone cautiously optimistic that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year can return to form for the Houston Texans this year. A first look will come on Sunday in a big test with a trip to New England to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.


FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is looking for a bounce-back season that will lead the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs after the quarterback's sensational rookie year was followed by a less-than-stellar encore. Dallas opens at Carolina on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The good news for football fans: It's going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription, in hopes of expanding its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining . Though there are restrictions — no free streaming on smart TVs, for instance — the move marks a significant departure for sports. Other major professional leagues still require TV subscriptions for hometown teams. The NFL regular season starts Thursday. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 710 words, with photos.



Southern Conferences showed plenty of offensive firepower in week one and plan to keep lighting up scoreboards this season. Eleven of 14 SEC teams scored 35 or more points and the conference won 13 of its 14 opening-week games. Top-ranked Alabama scored 51 points and LSU put an impressive 33 in a win over Miami. Many feel the defensive-minded SEC could be more offensive this season. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.


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