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HOUSTON — After finally getting their first win this weekend, the Houston Texans know that they still have plenty of work to do if they hope to get on a roll and turn their season around. The Texans (1-3) squandered an 18-point lead on Sunday before beating the Colts 37-34 in overtime to end a nine-game losing streak going back to last season. Coming up next is a showdown with in-state rival Dallas, a team that enters the game at 2-2 after a victory over Detroit this weekend. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 620 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott looked a lot like the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year from two seasons ago in the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Detroit Lions. The star quarterback had clutch plays, big throws and long completions in a 26-24 win capped by a two-minute drive to the winning field goal as time expired. Considering how rough he and the Dallas offense looked at times through three weeks, it was quite an answer. The practical part of the victory was getting the Cowboys (2-2) back to .500, tied with defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia and a half-game behind idle Washington in the NFC East. The affirmation of his resolve can’t be underestimated either. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma has pieced together a solid running game in Rodney Anderson’s absence. Anderson, one of the nation’s best running backs the second half of last season, suffered a season-ending knee injury against UCLA. In the three games since, the seventh-ranked Sooners have averaged 178.7 yards rushing per game and 5.6 yards per carry. It’s not quite the dominance the Sooners became accustomed to in recent years when Anderson, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon seemingly plowed through opponents at will. It has been enough to provide balance for quarterback Kyler Murray and keep Oklahoma’s offense among the nation’s most productive heading into Saturday’s game against No. 19 Texas. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 500 words, photos.
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ARLINGTON, Texas — The new manager of the Texas Rangers, whomever that may be, will have a talented group of 20-something position players who got a lot of experience during a 95-loss season. After deciding who will replace Jeff Banister, general manager Jon Daniels has to find some starting pitchers. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-STARS TRADE — The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Connor Carrick from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional draft pick next year. SENT: 130 words, photos.
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