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

September 21, 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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ARLINGTON, Texas — Seattle starts a three-game series at Texas with the Mariners clinging to faint hope in the AL wild-card race. Erasmo Ramirez starts for the Mariners, with reliever Connor Sadzeck going as the “opener” for the Rangers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.


HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole opposes Andrew Heaney of the Angels when the Astros open their final home series of the regular season looking to move closing to clinching the AL West title. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.





RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks could be down two starters on the offensive line for Sunday’s home opener against the Dallas Cowboys. UPCOMING: 400 words.



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It has become a regular thing for Alabama coach Nick Saban to stalk the sideline opposite one of his former pupils. Beating them has certainly been routine. Saban and the top-ranked Crimson Tide face another former acolyte Saturday when Jimbo Fisher brings his 22nd-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (2-1, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) into Bryant-Denny Stadium. By John Zenor. SENT: 680 words, with photos.


Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius has made an unexpected impression as a runner. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior looks like he’s lumbering his way down the field, but he’s tough and surprisingly agile and fast. Last Saturday, he rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns to help the Cowboys knock off then-No. 17 Boise State 44-21 . Oklahoma State’s offense ranks sixth nationally as the 15th-ranked Cowboys (3-0) head into their conference opener Saturday against Texas Tech (2-1). By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 700 words, with photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas cornerback Kris Boyd said perhaps the last thing Longhorns fans want to hear right now. “I ain’t gonna lie,” Boyd said after Texas crushed then-No. 22 USC last week. “I kinda feel like we proved that we’re back.” It’s time to test that bravado Saturday against No. 17 TCU. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 720 words, with photos.


DALLAS — Zach Abey is still scoring touchdowns for Navy even though the senior was replaced as the starting quarterback. The Midshipmen visit SMU on Saturday looking to stop a five-game road losing streak. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


WACO, Texas — Kansas has no gaudy turnover chain to pass around on the sideline Saturday at Baylor. The Jayhawks instead have the “Swarm Master” award. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


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