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BALTIMORE — Houston Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole seeks his 16th victory, facing the Baltimore Orioles in the rain-delayed opener of a four-game series. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners on Friday night continue their final series of the regular season hosting the Texas Rangers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m. CDT.
NEW YORK — Aaron Judge again has baseball’s most popular jersey. MLB says the Yankee slugger’s No. 99 was the top seller for the second straight season. Judge beat out 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, who will be trying to repeat as a World Series champion with the Houston Astros next month. Judge and the Yankees will face Oakland in the AL wild-card game Wednesday. SENT: 190 words, with photo.
DALLAS — Jalen Ramsey of Jacksonville is the runaway winner as the NFL’s top cornerback in voting by a panel of AP football writers. The outspoken third-year star got eight of 10 first-place votes. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-TROUBLED TEAMS
Even with last week’s huge swing in fortunes by the Bills, Giants, Seahawks, Lions and Browns, there remain lots of questions about each of them. At least they aren’t winless. Then there are the projected contenders who are struggling through three games: New England, Atlanta, Green Bay, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and the Chargers. Unfortunately, the injuries that have ravaged the Falcons might be too much to overcome. Still, they have a win, which is more than Houston , Oakland and Arizona can say. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 940 words, with photos.
— FBN--NFL NOTES. SENT: 1,380 words, with photos.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma and Baylor once had quite a rivalry brewing. Baylor was one of the conference’s powers in the first half of this decade but fell hard since a sexual assault scandal led to coach Art Briles being fired in 2016. After going 1-11 last season, the Bears are off to a 3-1 start this year in their second season under Matt Rhule. Host Oklahoma is eager to regain momentum Saturday after a 28-21 overtime win over Army. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 660 words, with photos.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Johnson is one of handful of players on the Texas two-deep roster that recalls playing at Kansas State two years ago, when the Longhorns suffered the latest in a long string of disappointments. They’ve lost five straight to the Wildcats in Manhattan. That’s 16 years of frustration going into Saturday’s game in Manhattan. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 740 words, with photos.
FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINIA-TEXAS TECH
LUBBOCK, Texas — West Virginia quarterback Will Grier is living up to the Heisman hype. The No. 12 Mountaineers will see the latest hotshot quarterback at 25th-ranked Texas Tech in freshman Alan Bowman on Saturday. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas A&M has already played — and lost — to No. 1 and No. 2 in the opening month of coach Jimbo Fisher’s first season. Still, maybe there is something that the Aggies can take out of those games against potential playoff teams. The Aggies, coming off a loss to top-ranked Alabama, travel to North Texas for their annual neutral-site meeting against Arkansas. They play Saturday in the home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys owned by Jerry Jones, a team captain for the undefeated 1964 Razorbacks team. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 690 words, with photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Gary Patterson recalled early mistakes made by some of TCU’s former quarterbacks, then talked about how good those players turned out for the Horned Frogs. The coach expects sophomore Shawn Robinson will be just fine after a rash of turnovers , four interceptions and two fumbles as TCU lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. Robinson didn’t finish last week’s loss at Texas after taking a big hit late. Patterson said he was dealing with some shoulder problems, but will Saturday when the Horned Frogs host Iowa State. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 680 words, with photos.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest’s defense had no way to stop its last two opponents. The Demon Deacons should find it easier to slow Rice. The struggling Owls visit Wake Forest on Saturday in the Demon Deacons’ first game since firing their defensive coordinator in the aftermath of a blowout loss to No. 8 Notre Dame. SENT: 570 words, with photos.
FBH--TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL-SHOOTING
CARROLLTON, Texas — Police say a 31-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot during a junior varsity football game at a Dallas-area high school. Police Chief Derick Miller says no students were involved in the shooting Thursday night in the stadium parking lot during the third quarter of the game at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. Hebron was hosting Irving Nimitz. Miller says a 47-year-old suspect has been arrested. SENT: 110 words. Moving on news & sports lines.
HOUSTON — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said this week that his team was a “hamstring” away from Western Conference title last season. The hamstring he was referring to was Chris Paul’s, with his injury the latest in a setback for the point guard whose illustrious career at times has seemed to be cursed. The Rockets hope the bad luck ends this year and Paul can help them to their first title since 1995. By Kristie Rieken. 700 words, with photos.
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