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

September 27, 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-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE — The Houston Astros on Thursday night take on Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

BBA--RANGERS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners open their final series of the regular season hosting the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m. CDT.

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--COWBOYS-FIXING OFFENSE

FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t think he needs more carries. Dak Prescott won’t let himself get discouraged. Together, they’re trying to fix a Dallas offense that threatens to derail the Cowboys’ season early. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--OBIT-TEXAS-WHITTIER

AUSTIN, Texas — Julius Whittier, the first African-American football letterman at the University of Texas whose family later sued the NCAA on behalf of college players who suffered brain injuries, has died. The school announced his death Thursday, citing family. No cause of death or age was given. Whittier was among the first black athletes to receive a scholarship to Texas. The Longhorns had the last all-white national championship team in 1969. Whittier was an offensive tackle for the Longhorns from 1970-71 and moved to tight end as a senior in 1972. He earned a law degree from Texas and became a prosecutor in Dallas. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 140 words, will be updated.

FBC--BIG 12-TOUGH SLEDDING

The easiest way for a Power Five conference to produce a playoff team is to have one of its members go undefeated. Once again that might be nearly impossible for the Big 12 — even in league play. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. SENT: 470 words, with photos.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Florida coach Dan Mullen returns to Starkville for the first time since he left Mississippi State for the Gators back in November. The reunion highlights the SEC’s schedule this weekend. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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BASKETBALL/WOMEN

BKL--WORLD UP QUARTERFINAL NOTEBOOK

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Nigeria coach Otis Hughley Jr. had other things on his mind as his team pulled off another last-second victory and beat Greece on Wednesday in the Women’s Basketball World Cup. He found out hours earlier that his family had been in a car accident just outside Atlanta. No one suffered any major injuries. Meanwhile, Life has been pretty easy so far for Australia star Liz Cambage. She is averaging a tournament best 27.7 points a game while playing only 20 minutes. Whether she decides to come back to the WNBA next year to play for the Dallas Wings isn’t high on her priority list right now. She’ll decide when she’s ready. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 910 words, with photos.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--NEW COACHES

While the Washington Capitals are watching their Stanley Cup banner rise to the rafters, Barry Trotz will be fresh off a plane in North Carolina, preparing for his own season opener. Trotz guided the Capitals to their first title last season and in winning it triggered an automatic contract extension far under the present-day market value for top NHL coaches. He resigned less than a week after the parade and joined the New York Islanders. The Islanders are one of six teams with a new coach this season. The cross-town Rangers went the college route by hiring David Quinn from Boston University, while the Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery from the University of Denver. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 860 words, with photos.

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