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

August 3, 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

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Rookie right-handers are scheduled to pitch for both teams when the Rangers and Orioles play the second game of their four-game series. Texas has won five of six games, including 17-8 in the series opener. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.


LOS ANGELES — Justin Verlander starts for AL West-leading Houston against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of last year’s World Series won by the Astros. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m. CDT.





CANTON, Ohio — Seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018— nope, no former Dallas Cowboy Terrell Owens — discuss their upcoming induction. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


— FBN--HALL OF FAME-OWENS. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos



OXNARD, Calif. — Allen Hurns isn’t sure when, of even if, specific roles will be set for Cowboys receivers in their first year without Dez Bryant. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan hints they will. For now, though, Dallas pass-catchers are lining up all over the place. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


MONTREAL — Johnny Manziel, a former Texas A&M standout and Heisman Trophy winner who had issues while in the NFL, makes his first Canadian Football League start when the Montreal Alouettes face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CDT.


AUSTIN, Texas — The NFL Players Association’s political action committee has begun dolling out donations for the midterm elections — including offering $5,000 each to two ex-players running for Congress from both parties. The group known as NFLPA One Team PAC gave $5,000 to former Cowboys linebacker Colin Allred, a Democrat facing Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions in Dallas. ESNT: 130 words.



Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is on administrative leave as the school investigates claims his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will run the team during the investigation. Here are some of the coaches who took interim roles at prominent programs after scandals and how they fared. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


AUBURN, Ala. — Defending SEC West champion Auburn opens preseason camp with no questions about the starting quarterback for the first time in four years, but there’s undoubtedly some uncertainty at tailback. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.




DETROIT — A Michigan judge who held an extraordinary hearing before sentencing sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison for sexually assaulting female athletes refused to disqualify herself Friday if higher courts send it back to fix any errors. Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said some of her courtroom comments about Nassar last January were “perhaps inartful.” But she denied bias in the biggest sexual-assault scandal in sports history. She sentenced Nassar to at least 40 years in prison after listening to more than 150 victims describe the impact on their lives. Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics. By Ed White. SENT: 260 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


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