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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX

August 31, 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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HOUSTON — Houston Texans rookie running back Terry Swanson rushed for a 37-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to lift the Texans to a 14-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys in their preseason finale. By Jordan Godwin. SENT: 600 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade offensive lineman Parker Ehinger to the Dallas Cowboys for cornerback Charvarius Ward, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press. The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Thursday night, when both teams were playing their final preseason games, because the trade was not expected to become official until Friday. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 140 words.



COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Trayveon Williams ran for 240 yards and three touchdowns in just more than two quarters as Texas A&M routed Northwestern State 59-7 in coach Jimbo Fisher’s debut with the Aggies on Thursday night. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 850 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas football coach Tom Herman said Thursday he’s willing to talk to the NCAA about a 2014 visit to a Florida strip club with Zach Smith when both were Ohio State assistants. Ohio State this week identified Herman as the assistant with Smith at the club, a visit that was revealed in a school investigation into how Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer handled domestic abuse allegations against Smith. SENT: 300 words.


Kliff Kingsbury knows all about players wanting to go to Texas Tech to be part of a big-play, high-scoring offense. He was one, a quarterback who passed for a lot of yards and touchdowns as a three-year starter long before becoming the Red Raiders coach. Kingsbury certainly doesn’t expect that mode to change, not for the Red Raiders or any other of the potent offenses in the Big 12. But there is a lot more talk these days in Lubbock about the defense. And the tone has turned positive, as opposed to the worries in the past of just how many points Texas Tech would give up to opposing teams. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 770 words, photos.


BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are hardly the household names the Tigers have been accustomed to featuring at running back. Current NFL players Jeremy Hill, Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice all established their credentials in backup roles and were bona fide pro prospects by the time they became featured rushers at LSU. That is no longer the case as the 25th-ranked Tigers enter their season opener against No. 8 Miami in Dallas on Sunday night. Even LSU coach Ed Orgeron used the word “unproven” when discussing his running backs this week. But that doesn’t mean the Tigers won’t try to see how much they can punish the Hurricanes on the ground. By Brett Martel. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— FBC--BAYLOR-PLAYER DISMISSED — Baylor defensive tackle Micheal Johnson has been kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. SENT: 80 words.

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HOUSTON — Andrew Heaney pitched six scoreless innings, Andrelton Simmons capped a four-run sixth inning with a three-run double and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 5-2. SENT: 880 words, photos.


HOUSTON — That new contract A.J. Hinch got from the Houston Astros also came with a huge set of expectations. “When I hired A.J., at the press conference, I said, ‘A.J.‘s going to be our manager when we win the first World Series for Houston,’” general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday. “I’m now telling you that A.J. is going to be the manager when we win the second and hopefully the third World Series for Houston,” he said. The reigning champion Astros — and current AL West leaders — rewarded Hinch with a deal that extends his run in the dugout through the 2022 season. His contract had been set to expire after this year with a club option for 2019. SENT: 400 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Shohei Ohtani is a two-way player again. Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday the Japanese rookie sensation will start for Los Angeles on Sunday night for the first time since spraining the ulnar collateral ligament in his right pitching elbow nearly three months ago. Ohtani will make his return on national television against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. Ohtani has thrown up to 50 pitches in the bullpen as he attempts to work back from the UCL injury that many feared might require Tommy John surgery and keep him out of action through the 2019 season. He’ll be on a limited pitch count. SENT: 410 words, photos.


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BEECHWOOD, Ohio — Kramer Hickok shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the DAP Championship, the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards. Hickok had eight birdies and a bogey to match the course record at Canterbury Golf Club. The 26-year-old former Texas player already earned a PGA Tour card with a 23rd-place finish on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list. He was the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada player of the year last season. Hickock missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, leaving him tied with Bobby Wyatt’s for the course record. Wyatt set the mark in the 2016 event. SENT: 420 words.




OAKLAND, Calif. — David West, a key big man and snazzy passer who had a knack for providing a timely lift off the bench during the Golden State Warriors’ past two championship seasons, retired Thursday. West’s Twitter announcement — one day after his 38th birthday — wasn’t a surprise as he made it clear he would take some time after the team’s latest title run to contemplate calling it a career. “I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations, and fans throughout this experience,” said West, the 18th overall draft pick by the Hornets in 2003 out of Xavier. He left the Spurs following the 2015-16 season for a chance to chase a championship with the Warriors, and wound up winning his first career title and then a second one this past June. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 470 words, photos.




LANSING, Mich. — A lawyer for a former Michigan State University gymnastics coach has suggested that politics played a role in the charges filed against her in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Kathie Klages, 63, appeared in court by video a week after she was charged with lying to investigators. She’s accused of denying that female gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. SENT: 300 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.


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