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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

October 10, 2018

Good morning! 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. Ken Miller is at the desk.

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HOCKEY:

NHL

MAPLE LEAFS-STARS

DALLAS — Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored two goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 7-4. Matthews entered the game as the NHL points leader with eight (five goals, three assists) and has scored at least one goal in all four Toronto games this season. Tavares has six goals, five in the last two games. Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly had a career-high four assists. Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists. Toronto (3-1) has scored seven goals in two straight games. Ben Bishop, who had stopped 62 of 63 shots to help Dallas to a 2-0 start, was beaten six times in 23 shots. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB Postseason

BBO--CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULES

NEW YORK — Alex Bregman is getting his wish — the Houston Astros are headed for prime time. Major League Baseball has just released the schedule for Games 1 and 2 of the NL and AL Championship Series, and the Astros will play either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees on Saturday and Sunday nights. The Astros played all three of their AL Division Series games against the Cleveland Indians in the afternoon, with Red Sox and Yankees playing exclusively in prime time. Bregman sounded off about the scheduling decision to ESPN after the defending World Series champions completed a three-game sweep of the Indians on Monday. SENT: 230 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--NBA DIVERSITY-COACHES

The NBA coaching box is looking far more diverse these days. When the season starts next week, there will be the league’s first head coach born and raised outside North America and the first Hispanic-American full-time head coach. And there’s a real chance that before long, someone like Becky Hammon could become the first woman to lead a NBA club. In a league where minorities make up the overwhelming majority of stars on the floor, there’s still a movement to make those same diverse strides in who is calling the shots on the sideline. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 950 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

College

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-QUARTERBACK QUESTION

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina got some good news about its quarterback situation with Jake Bentley expected to return as the Gamcocks’ starter against No. 22 Texas A&M after missing last week with a left knee injury. Coach Will Muschamp said Bentley has moved well, looked strong and, unless there’s a setback, will play Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SOCCER:

CONCACAF World Cup

SOC--2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

MIAMI — The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title on June 18 at new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. Costa Rica has a Group B match at Frisco, Texas, June 20. Group C is headed by Honduras, which plays at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, June 21. A quarterfinal doubleheader that includes the Group A and Group C winners will be in Houston’s NRG Stadium on June 29. SENT: 320 words.

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