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HOUSTON — Houston's Justin Verlander faces his former team for the first time since a trade last year when the Astros try to complete a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the final game before the All-Star break. Starts at 1:10 p.m. AP Photos.


BALTIMORE — The last-place Texas Rangers and cellar-dwelling Baltimore Orioles play their final game before the All-Star break, looking for a victory to bring into the four-day hiatus. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 12:05 p.m.




FRISCO, Texas — Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline. The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without the Heisman Trophy winner under center. Even with Mayfield preparing for his first NFL season, 11-time Big 12 champion Oklahoma goes into the league's football media days as the preseason pick to win another title ahead of West Virginia. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma's offensive coordinator for two years before succeeding Stoops last summer, will be the last of the five coaches who will take the main podium Monday for the first half of media days at the Dallas Cowboys' headquarters in suburban Frisco north of downtown Dallas. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 790 words. Photos.


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