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

September 26, 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 after 5:30 a.m.

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BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--OSUNA-CHARGE DROPPED

TORONTO — Canadian prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge on Tuesday against Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling. Osuna, formerly with the Toronto Blue Jays, was charged with assault in May. The 23-year-old player was suspended without pay for 75 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, and the Blue Jays dealt him to Houston on July 30. Speaking in court, prosecutor Catherine Mullaly said the complainant, who lives in Mexico, had made clear she would not travel to Toronto to testify against Osuna. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — Alex Bregman hit a two-run home run, Josh James pitched five innings to win his second straight start and the Houston Astros reached the 100-win mark for the second straight season by beating the Toronto Blue jays 4-1. The Astros reduced their magic number for clinching a second straight AL West title to one. An Oakland loss at Seattle Tuesday would seal the title for Houston. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBA--RANGERS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — SENT: 750 words, photos.

HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--STARS PREVIEW

DALLAS — This is the third season in a row the Dallas Stars have a different coach and a different style. They’re ready to have some fun with the guy fresh out of college. After the differing approaches of grizzled veterans Lindy Ruff and then Ken Hitchcock in a one-season return of their Stanley Cup-winning coach from two decades ago, there is more of an emphasis on relentless offense with new coach Jim Montgomery in his transition from the college ranks to first-time NHL head coach. The 49-year-old Montgomery said he’s sure the team has the speed and depth to play his style. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, with photos.

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FOOTBALL:

College

FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released a preseason All-America team and will put out a midseason team. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The third All-America watch of the season features a big-time receiver from Stanford, a fab freshman leading streaking Texas, an injured Ohio State star and a game-breaker from Memphis. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FBC--STRUGGLING KANSAS SCHOOLS

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The prevailing thought surrounding Kansas last week was that the Jayhawks had finally turned the corner, and a lopsided win over a fellow Power Five school in Rutgers was proof coach David Beaty was making progress in his vast rebuilding job. Just down Interstate 70, there was hope heading into the Big 12 schedule that Kansas State was on track after a win over UTSA following an embarrassing loss to Mississippi State. So much for any of that. he Jayhawks were thrashed by Baylor last Saturday. By Davd Skretta. SENT: 730 words, photos.

FBC--IOWA ST-OFFENSE

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State kicker Connor Assalley earned national recognition for the four field goals he made in last week’s victory over Akron. That was a great sign for the Cyclones’ special teams — and a troubling one for their offense. Iowa State (1-2, 0-1 Big 12) is thrilled that Assalley, a sophomore walk-on in his first season as a starter, has been 7 for 7 on field goals since taking over for Garrett Owens. But the bigger takeaway is that the Cyclones already have had to settle for field goals seven times in the red zone, a clear indication of an attack that has yet to find its footing. Iowa State, which ranks 120th out of 130 teams nationally with 18.7 points a game, travels to face TCU (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday. Coach Matt Campbell isn’t panicking about his red zone offense yet. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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