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

September 7, 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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BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBA--ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON — Division leaders Houston and Boston are both riding hot streaks as they open a three-game series that could be a preview of potential playoff matchup. The Astros have won five straight and hold a 3½ game lead in the West. The Red Sox, winners of seven out of their last nine and three straight, lead the Yankees by 9 1/2 in the East. The teams split a four-game series back in June. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT.

BBA--RANGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics return from their first day off in 20 days to open a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9:05 p.m. CDT

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--COWBOYS-DAK’S THIRD ACT

FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is looking for a bounce-back season that will lead the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs after the quarterback’s sensational rookie year was followed by a less-than-stellar encore. Dallas opens at Carolina on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

FBO--RANDLE-ARREST

WICHITA, Kan. — Troubled former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested in Kansas on a suspicion of rape charge. Records show that Randle was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at around 3:40 a.m. Friday. Spokesmen for the police and prosecutor’s office and Randle’s attorney in previous cases didn’t immediately reply to phone messages seeking details about his latest arrest. Randle was released on probation in June under a plea deal that allows prosecutors to seek to have him put in prison if he gets into trouble again. He spent most of the past two years in jail, with occasional stints in a state mental hospital, on an array of charges. SENT: 130 words, with photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--T25-TCU-SMU

DALLAS — No. 16 TCU on Friday night visits Dallas-Fort Worth rival SMU with the Horned Frogs favored by more than three touchdowns in a series they have dominated since the demise of the Southwest Conference. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CDT.

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — No. 2 Clemson will employ two quarterbacks when the Tigers visit a Texas A&M team that settled its quarterback question in Week 1. Coach Dabo Swinney said this week that both Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence will play on Saturday after both played well in an easy 48-7 win in the season opener last week. By Kristie Rieken. 600 words, with photos.

FBC--TULSA-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — Humbled again and dropped back out of the Top 25, Texas will try to regroup against Tulsa on Saturday. If Tom Herman’s rebuilding project wants to be taken seriously, the Longhorns can’t afford yet another in a game they’ll be heavily favored to win. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 610 words, with photos.

FBC--LAMAR-TEXAS TECH

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t expect his players to have a hard time bouncing back from a disappointing opener. Getting their coach off the hot seat again will take a lot more from the Red Raiders (0-1) than a win over FCS team Lamar (0-1), their opponent in their home opener Saturday. SENT: 630 words.

FBC--ARIZONA-HOUSTON

HOUSTON — Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin wants to see more consistency from his team after the Wildcats struggled to score for the first three quarters in a 28-23 loss to BYU. He hopes the changes start Saturday when the Wildcats (0-1) travel to face his former team in Houston (1-0). By Jeremy Rakes. SENT: 660 words, with photos.

FBC--BAYLOR-UTSA

SAN ANTONIO — Baylor coach Matt Rhule wanted to make one thing clear about what happened early last season in a home loss to UTSA. This time, the Big 12 Bears have to play UTSA on its home turf in the Alamodome on Saturday night. SENT: 620 words, with photos.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--CONTRACT CONTRASTS

CHICAGO — NHL players all watched as John Tavares went to free agency, met with suitors and ultimately decided to go home to play for Toronto. But it didn’t exactly inspire the likes of Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Ottawa’s Matt Duchene, who is each going into the final year of his contract. Contract talks don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach with prominent players still eager to re-sign. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, file photos.

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OTHER:

MMA--UFC

DALLAS — The UFC flyweight women’s championship fight between title holder Nicco Montano and Valentina Shevchenko was canceled after Montano was hospitalized with unspecified health concerns. Montano and Shevchenko were supposed to be the co-main event with welterweight fighters Tyron Woodley and Darren Till in UFC 228 on Saturday night in Dallas. The 29-year-old Montano became the inaugural 125-pound women’s champion in December. This was to be her first title defense. Montano’s record is 5-2. Shevchenko is the top-ranked contender in women’s flyweight with a 15-3 record. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 80 words, will be updated.

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