AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott is set to face Atlanta a year after the star Dallas star running back’s six-game suspension started with a blowout loss to the Falcons that sparked a three-game losing streak and all but knocked the Cowboys out of the playoffs. The 2016 NFL rushing champ gets his shot at redemption coming off a huge game. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 720 words, photos.
— FBN--FALCONS-DEION JONES — Falcons linebacker Deion Jones has been moved to the active roster and is eligible to play for the first time since breaking his right foot in Week 1. SENT: 140 words.
ASHBURN, Va. — Home sweet home? Not so much for Redskins players right now. Even though Washington has won three of five home games this season and leads the NFC East, cornerback Josh Norman called out Redskins fans in the aftermath of an ugly victory at Tampa Bay and said he felt they played better on the road. In the process, he put the spotlight on the atmosphere Sunday at FedEx Field when the AFC South-leading Houston Texans come to town. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 830 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Alabama set an SEC record with 12 players taken in the 2018 draft including four in the first round. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are sure to have several high draft picks in next year’s draft, too, but there are players at many other SEC schools that are also likely to hear their names called in the first round of the 2019 draft. According to several mock draft boards the SEC could have first-rounders from as many as nine different schools. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 950 words, photos.
PHOENIX — TJ Warren scored 16 of his 27 points in the first half, and the Phoenix Suns built a big lead, almost lost it and then pulled away for a 116-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs. By Jose Romero. SENT: 750 words, photos.
DALLAS — Harrison Barnes scored points and the hot-shooting Dallas Mavericks beat the ice-cold Utah Jazz 118-68. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— BKN--WARRIORS-CURRY — Stephen Curry won’t play during Golden State’s three-game Texas road trip as he recovers from a left groin strain, though he is traveling with the Warriors. SENT: 180 words.
BKC--T25-SAM HOUSTON ST-CLEMSON
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Brad Brownell knows he has something many other programs don’t — a highly experienced backcourt to call on when things get tight. Marcquise Reed had a season-high 26 points and point guard Shelton Mitchell 13 as the 19th-ranked Tigers used a second-half surge to put away pesky Sam Houston State 74-59. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman drew a giant No. 3 on the whiteboard at the half. He knew his team had to figure out a way to stop Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter, who had 15 points in the first half, if the 18th-ranked Orange wanted to beat No. 20 Texas A&M. His players responded, holding Carter to just three points in the second half and the Orange went on to a 75-65 victory. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 690 words.
BKC--TEXAS SOUTHERN-SAN DIEGO ST
SAN DIEGO — By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 600 words.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Brandon Williams and Brandon Randolph scored 21 points apiece and the Arizona Wildcats tuned up for their upcoming trip to Maui with a 79-46 rout of UTEP. By Bob Baum. SENT: 600 words.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Cam McGriff scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds to help lead Oklahoma State to an 82-60 victory over UTSA. SENT: 650 words.
— BKC--RICE-HOUSTON — Armoni Brooks scored 20 points, Corey Davis Jr. added 18 with six assists and Houston held off Rice 79-69 in a Men Against Breast Cancer Cup matchup. SENT: 150 words.
— BKC--PRAIRIE VIEW A&M-TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY — Lesley Varner II had 15 points and 10 rebounds to carry Texas Rio Grande Valley to a 70-57 win over Prairie View A&M. SENT: 150 words.
— BKC--WESTERN CAROLINA-SMU — Jahmal McMurray scored a career-high 34 points and SMU dumped winless Western Carolina 98-65. SENT: 150 words.
— BKC--TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE-NORTH TEXAS — Umoja Gibson had 22 points as North Texas routed Texas A&M-Commerce 102-53. SENT: 150 words.
— BKC--T25-BAYLOR SIGNEE — The fourth-ranked Baylor women have signed guard Jordyn Oliver to a national letter of intent. Oliver, a five-star recruit from Prosper, Texas, was the lone signee for the Lady Bears. SENT: 130 words.
BBO--CY YOUNG AWARDS
NEW YORK — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace has easily won the National League Cy Young Award, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. The AL prize also reflected a change in voters’ values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander of Houston and Corey Kluber of Cleveland for his first Cy Young. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1150 words, photos.
— BBA--RANGERS-COACHES — The Texas Rangers have hired Luis Ortiz as the hitting coach on new manager Chris Woodward’s staff that will include three returning coaches. SENT: 130 words.
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