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

September 18, 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 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Tyler Glasnow allowed two infield singles in six innings for his first win since Tampa Bay traded Chris Archer to get the right-hander, and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 3-0. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach’s first career grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-1. The loss cut Houston’s lead in the AL West to four games over Oakland. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.




DALLAS — Dak Prescott wasn’t much into Cam Newton comparisons when the subject came up before his Dallas Cowboys faced the star quarterback of the Carolina Panthers in the opener. And that was before Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones dropped Newton’s name while suggesting the Cowboys needed to use their QB as a runner more after Dallas lost to the Panthers. And then Prescott had a career high in yards rushing while matching the second-most attempts in his two-plus NFL seasons as the Cowboys took a quick lead and beat the New York Giants. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 660 words, photos.


HOUSTON — The Houston Texans committed mistake after mistake in their loss to Tennessee. Now Houston has to figure out a way to eliminate these problems so they don’t fall into an 0-3 hole when they meet the New York Giants this Sunday. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 600 words, photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Tom Herman had a tough choice to make. Trailing Southern California 14-13, he could leave the Trojans on the Longhorns’ 1-yard line or push them back 5 yards because of a penalty, which would give them an extra down at a pivotal moment in the game. In his ear was defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, pleading with him to trust his defense to keep the Trojans out of the end zone. “Coach, we got this. We got this. We’ll stop ’em,” Orlando told Herman. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 500 words, photos.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban didn’t use the term “rat poison” this time but he still wants Alabama players to ignore the hype surrounding them after three straight blowout wins. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has won its first three games by a collective 170-28 score heading into Saturday’s visit from No. 22 Texas A&M (2-1, 0-0). That includes a 62-7, come-from-behind win after Mississippi scored on the first play to create the most adversity the Tide has faced on the field. It lasted less time than one of Saban’s famed rants. By John Zenor. SENT: 580 words, photos.


Alan Bowman looks to be next in line on the list of prolific passers who have come through Texas Tech. The true freshman sits No. 2 on the national passing chart this week after throwing for 605 yards and five touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 63-49 win over Houston on Saturday. Bowman’s total was the highest nationally since former Tech and current Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 734 yards against Oklahoma in 2016. By Eric Olson. SENT: 490 words, with photos.

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