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

June 8, 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 800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 6 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.





ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have given general manager Jon Daniels a multiyear contract extension at a time when the team is focused on developing young players at the big league level. Texas missed the playoffs last season and was 27-37 going into Thursday night’s home game against defending World Series champion Houston. But the Rangers have made their only two World Series appearances during Daniels’ 13 seasons as GM, and won four AL West titles. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 500 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas native Evan Gattis had a two-run home run and an RBI single and Gerrit Cole allowed one run on three singles in six innings as the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-2. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— BBA--ASTROS-CORREA— Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says nothing abnormal showed up during an MRI on Thursday, a day after he came out of a game early because of discomfort in his right side. SENT: 130 words, photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — At Texas, the aura of Augie Garrido is everywhere. From late-inning pleas to the heavens to his jersey in the home dugout and the “Augie” sign that hangs on the fence in left field, Longhorns players and fans have made sure that although the national championship-winning coach is gone, he is far from forgotten. He’s still quite the inspiration in a resurgent season at Texas. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 650 words, photos.


DURHAM, N.C. — A breakout year for Duke’s baseball program continues this weekend as the Blue Devils prepare for the first super regional in school history. If they can beat Texas Tech twice in Lubbock, the Blue Devils will advance to their first College World Series since 1961. To get this far, Duke had to win four straight games in its regional tournament — and came from behind in each game. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 630 words.


OMAHA, Neb. — Things to know as super regionals begin in the NCAA Tournament. Winners of the eight best-of-three series advance to the College World Series. By Eric Olson. SENT: 800 words, photos.




Terrell Owens always likes being the center of attention. His decision to skip the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August will keep him far from the spotlight. Owens was voted into the hall in February after being denied in his first two years of eligibility. His announcement Thursday is unprecedented by an enshrinee. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 870 words, photos.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Mike Singletary hopes to coach again in the NFL someday. He has plenty on his plate right now, though. Singletary was at minicamp with the Detroit Lions on Thursday. He said he doesn’t know Lions coach Matt Patricia that well, but he wanted to be there to check out the video screens Detroit is using at practice. Singletary was hired earlier this year to coach high school football at Trinity Christian Academy in Texas. He also has been hired as coach of the Memphis franchise in the Alliance of American Football, which will start playing in February. By Noah Trister. SENT: 450 words, photos.



WACO, Texas — A Texas grand jury has declined to indict two Baylor football players in an alleged sexual assault. Baylor coach Matt Rhule said in March that John Arthur and Tre’von Lewis had been suspended from the team. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna announced Wednesday that a grand jury determined there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed to trial for either player for a reported November 2017 assault. Abel said the grand jury reviewed information from a Baylor school investigation, police reports and witness statements. SENT: 250 words.




— BKC--TEXAS-JONES-LEUKEMIA — Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has been approved for online-based coursework for summer school and will move into a dorm, big steps toward an eventual return to the program as he continues treatment for leukemia. SENT: 90 words.




TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey legislature has given its final approval to a bill to legalize sports betting three weeks after winning the right to do so in a U.S. Supreme Court case. But when the wagering can begin and the money start changing hands is anyone’s bet: The bill is now with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, whose office won’t say when he might act on it. The measure also is full of clauses that would help at least four casinos offer sports betting even though they or their owners have ownership ties to professional sports teams. A clause to allow the Golden Nugget to participate has been added to the bill. That casino is owned by Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta, who also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets. He could offer sports betting on all sports except basketball. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 640 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, sports and entertainment news services.


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