AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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OAKLAND, Calif. — By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— BBA--ALL-STAR-HINCH’S SPECIAL COACH — Astros manager A.J. Hinch is making a special addition to his All-Star coaching staff next month for baseball’s summer classic in Washington: Retired Astros first base coach Rich Dauer will be in uniform and assisting Hinch. SENT: 120 words.
LOS ANGELES — By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BBC--COLLEGE WORLD SERIES-CAPSULES
A capsule look at the eight teams in the College World Series. The field includes Texas and Texas Tech. By Eric Olson. SENT: 2760 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas — Zack Martin has rejoined the Dallas Cowboys for mandatory minicamp with the two-time All-Pro closing in on a contract that’s expected to make him the highest-paid guard in the NFL. Martin skipped all nine voluntary offseason practices while negotiations that started about a year ago kept dragging. But he was on the field after the club and his representatives got close on a deal over the weekend. The 27-year-old Martin was set to make $9.3 million in the final year of his rookie deal. Martin’s new contract is expected to surpass the $13.3 million annual average in the $66.5 million, five-year contract that Jacksonville’s Andrew Norwell signed in March. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--PFWA AWARD-WILLIAMS — Charean Williams has won the Dick McCann Award from the Professional Football Writers of America. SENT: 160 words.
BKL--AROUND THE WNBA
NEW YORK — Connecticut’s balanced attack on offense this season is causing problems for opponents and the Sun have rolled to the best record in the league. On a given night, any of coach Curt Miller’s players can lead the team on offense. The coach says the team doesn’t have an alpha dog, but the “pack” philosophy as Miller calls is working. The Sun are 7-1 and sit atop The Associated Press power poll for the first time. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— BKL--MERCURY-WINGS — Diana Taurasi scored 21 points, Brittney Griner added 18 before fouling out late and the Phoenix Mercury won their sixth straight with a 75-72 victory over the Dallas Wings. SENT: 170 words.
— BKL--WINGS-CHRISTMAS-KELLY — Dallas Wings forward Karima Christmas-Kelly will undergo knee surgery and miss the rest of the season, the team has announced. SENT: 130 words.
The Houston Open will not be on the PGA Tour schedule next season as it prepares for a move to the fall under the guidance of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. The PGA Tour has announced that it has a five-year agreement with the Astros Foundation to run the Houston Open starting in the fall of 2019. The date of the tournament was not announced. The prize money will be $7.5 million. The Astros Foundation will use a consortium of local sponsors for financial support of the tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 470 words.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Lots of folks have become accustomed to seeing Jordan Spieth’s name atop leaderboards, particularly at golf’s majors. So has Spieth. Yet since winning the British Open last July, the Texan barely has been a factor on the weekends. He believed third-place finishes in Houston and at the Masters had indicated a turnaround heading into this week’s U.S. Open. But since Augusta, his best showing in five tournaments is a tie for 21st at the Byron Nelson, and he twice missed cuts, including most recently at the Memorial. Not quite the stuff that rocketed Spieth to the top of golf, with Masters and U.S. Open wins in 2015, and his third major last summer at Royal Birkdale. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 630 words, photos.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Daddy’s little girl is waiting. Patrick Reed would like to deliver her a nice present — on Father’s Day, no less. “The biggest thing is try to get trophies,” Reed said ahead of the U.S. Open. “I keep on promising my daughter that I’m going to bring her home a trophy every time I leave the house.” The last one Reed presented 4-year-old Windsor-Wells was from the Masters. That was only two months ago, his first major victory. Reed finished at 15-under par at Augusta National to beat Rickie Fowler by a stroke and Jordan Spieth by two. Before this year, Reed’s best major finish was a tie for 12th in the 2016 British Open. He closed out last year’s U.S. Open tied for 13th. The 27-year-old Texan has won six events on the PGA Tour since turning pro in 2011. His name has been out there, only now it’s highlighted, underlined and bolded. By Terrin Waack. SENT: 600 words, photos.
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