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

November 7, 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--WIZARDS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made three key plays down the stretch as the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 119-100. By Dave Jackson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

College

Men

BKC--TEXAS SOUTHERN-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas — By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKC--EASTERN ILLINOIS-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — Andrew Jones, missing from the Texas lineup since he was diagnosed with leukemia in January, has made his long-anticipated return. The junior guard received a standing ovation when he entered the game in the second half. He produced a point, a rebound, a steal and an assist in nine minutes as the Longhorns defeated Eastern Illinois 71-59 in the season opener. By Mark Rosner. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BKC--INCARNATE WORD-TEXAS TECH

LUBBOCK, Texas — Jarrett Culver scored 16 points, Matt Mooney had 12 points and six assists and Texas Tech opened the encore to the school’s first Elite Eight season with an 87-37 victory over Incarnate Word. SENT. 500 words, photos.

Also:

— BKC--ARLINGTON BAPTIST-ABILENE CHRISTIAN — Jaren Lewis missed just one shot and scored 18 points as Abilene Christian opened the season with a 107-54 defeat of Arlington Baptist of the National Christian College Athletic Association. SENT: 170 words.

— BKC--E TEXAS BAPT-SAM HOUSTON ST — Cameron Delaney hit a career-high 21 points to lead Sam Houston State to an 85-64 season-opening victory over Division III East Texas Baptist. SENT: 130 words.

Women

BKW--T25-NICHOLLS ST-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas — Fourth-ranked Baylor has all the makings of another standout team in coach Kim Mulkey’s 19th season, and the uncertainty at point guard may already be settled. The Lady Bears have one of the best post combos in the nation with 6-foot-7 All-American Kalani Brown and 6-4 Lauren Cox, plenty of good shooters, some standout freshmen and graduate transfer Chloe Jackson at the point. Baylor opened the season by scoring the first 24 points and matched a school record with seven players in double figures in a 100-39 victory over Nicholls State. By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-ON THE BRINK

FRISCO, Texas — Even if the Dallas Cowboys were better than 3-5, Jerry Jones says he would have plenty of cause for concern based on what he saw in a damaging loss to Tennessee. And the normally upbeat owner and general manager doesn’t care to discuss the NFC East standings, even though the Cowboys can pull even with defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia by getting their first road win of the season at the Eagles on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

College

FBC--T25-IOWA ST-BUTLER

AMES, Iowa — When Iowa State coach Matt Campbell challenged Hakeem Butler to become the Cyclones’ go-to receiver this year, Butler simply nodded and went to work. Now, with the No. 23 Cyclones (5-3, 4-2 Big 12) heading into the stretch run of their season, Butler has more than met that challenge. Former coach Paul Rhoads had signed Butler, who had no other offers from Power Five schools, at the urging of assistant coach Louis Ayeni, who was intrigued by Butler’s size and athleticism. Iowa State got onto him late in the recruiting process and Butler, who was living in Texas after growing up in Baltimore, committed two days before signing day. SENT: 670 words, photos.

HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--STARS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Dallas Stars 4-1. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB

— BBA--ASTROS-MCCULLERS — Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will miss all of next season following Tommy John surgery. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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