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

August 30, 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--COWBOYS-TEXANS

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans on Thursday night host the Dallas Cowboys in the final preseason game for both teams before the regular season begins next month. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--NORTHWESTERN ST-TEXAS S&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jimbo Fisher makes his debut at Texas A&M as the Aggies on Thursday night host FCS school Northwestern State in their opener. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.

FBC--BIG 12-TALKING DEFENSE

Texas Tech has always been able to score plenty of points, like most Big 12 teams. Now the Red Raiders are talking defense. It certainly is a different tone, and could be a possible difference-maker in the league. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season. SENT: 540 words, with photos.

FBC--NEW YEAR’S SIX DATES

IRVING, Texas — The College Football Playoff announced the dates for the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach bowls through the duration of the 12-year contract with ESPN for the postseason games. The dates for the semifinals, which rotate through six bowl sites, championship game and the Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls had already been locked in through the 2025 season . The CFP renewed its agreements with the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach bowls to remain part of the semifinal rotation earlier this year. SENT: 170 words.

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BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBA--ANGELS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Houston’s Justin Verlander opposes Andrew Heaney when the Astros open a four-game series with the Angels. Verlander, who ranks second in the AL with 229 strikeouts, has won his last two starts going into Thursday’s game. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.

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GYMNASTICS:

GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. The school said it got a letter this week from the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement. Nassar, 55, pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. Victims included U.S. Olympians who trained at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. He’s been sentenced to decades in prison. Former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, a longtime Nassar ally, appeared in court Thursday on charges of lying to investigators. SENT: 300 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.

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