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

December 7, 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--LAKERS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ The Lakers and Spurs complete their four-game season series less than two months in with their second straight game against each other. LeBron James and LA are seeking a 2-2 season split two nights after winning at home. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--LOSING TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas has troubles. The Longhorns can’t shoot, are getting out rebounded by smaller teams and have lost three in a row to drop out of the Top 25 as fast as they got in. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BKC--TCU-USC

LOS ANGELES _ TCU faces Southern California in the Basketball Hall of Fame tripleheader at Staples Center. It’s the first meeting between the schools since 2011. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. CST.

BKC--LOUISIANA TECH-STEPHEN F AUSTIN

Louisiana Tech plays Stephen F. Austin at William R. Johnson Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--TEXANS-McNAIR

HOUSTON _ Bob McNair, the billionaire owner and founder of the Houston Texans, will be remembered in a celebration of life ceremony at NRG Stadium. McNair, who brought the NFL back to Houston after the Oilers left for Tennessee, died Nov. 30 at 81. By Jordan Gordwin. 600 words. Photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--AP ALL-BIG 12

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the unanimous pick for The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year, the fourth consecutive season a player from the conference champion Sooners has won the honor. Murray, a Heisman Trophy finalist who this week was also named the AP’s national player of the year , was one of a league-high six first-team picks from Oklahoma on the AP All-Big 12 team announced Friday. SENT: 990 words, with photo.

FBC--CFP--CLEMSON-TREVOR & TRAVIS

Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are young, a bit raw and awfully talented. Together, they anchor Clemson’s high-octane offense and have helped the No. 2 Tigers get into in the College Football Playoff. Now, Lawrence, a freshman quarterback, and Etienne are hunting a national title. The Tigers (CFP No. 2) will face third-ranked Notre Dame (12-0, CFP No. 3) in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 29 for the right to play for the national title. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is aware much of his game plan involves slowing Lawrence and Etienne. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 780 words, with photos.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--SHARKS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars go for a season-best fourth straight win in a visit from San Jose. The Sharks have won two in a row since ending a four-game losing streak. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.

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BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBO--VENEZUELA PLAYERS KILLED

CARACAS, Venezuela _ Former Houston Astros Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league. The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas. Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website beisbolplay. SENT: 240 words, with photos.

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