AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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BBA--ALCS-RED SOX ADVANCE
BOSTON — Red Sox manager Alex Cora is sticking with David Price, saying the left-hander will start Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against Houston despite an unprecedented history of playoff struggles. Speaking on MLB Network radio a day after the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees from the AL Division Series, Cora said he plans to use Chris Sale in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series that begins at Fenway Park on Saturday night. The first-year manager said Price, the loser in the Red Sox only defeat in the ALDS, is still in line to start Game 2. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 450 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Carlos Correa is in pain. Every swing and miss hurts, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable for the Houston Astros star shortstop to walk. Correa often puts on a brave face but told The Associated Press how much this is affecting him as the Astros prepare to leave for Boston and the best-of-seven AL Championship Series that begins on Saturday. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on 11 NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Kansas State University said Winter died in Manhattan. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, Winter spent more than six decades in coaching. He coached the Houston Rockets in 1972-74, going 51-78. Born Morice Fredrick Winter in 1922 near Wellington, Texas, he grew up in Huntington Park, California, he starred at Oregon State and Southern California in basketball and as a pole vaulter. SENT: 320 words.
HOUSTON — The Carmelo Anthony experiment in Oklahoma City didn’t go well last year. The Houston Rockets believe things will be different for the 10-time All-Star on this team and that Anthony can be the piece stars James Harden and Chris Paul need to finally get past the Warriors and win a title. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 820 words, photos.
SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs were eager to turn the page after all the injuries and uncertainty of last season. Instead, the hard luck continues. San Antonio was beset by two knee injuries in the preseason, the most devastating to point guard Dejounte Murray. Coach Gregg Popovich said Murray will likely miss the season after tearing his right ACL on Oct. 7. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 930 words, photos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette for their game at Dallas. It will be the fourth game Fournette has missed this season. Coach Doug Marrone says Fournette (hamstring), left tackle Josh Wells (groin) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) will miss Sunday’s road game. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — Facing third-and-long, Lil’Jordan Humphrey caught a quick pass on a play designed to get Texas a few yards. Then came a load of Longhorns teammates. Next came the surge. With his legs churning and Texas pushing, Humphrey and the Longhorns moved the pile another 10 yards. The play picked up 19 yards, Texas converted on 4th-and-2 and finished the drive with a touchdown that would prove critical in a 48-45 win over Oklahoma. Coach Tom Herman called it “the play of the game.” ″It was a snapshot, a demonstration of our culture of toughness, our culture of not giving up,” Herman said. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 550 words, photos.
FBC--TEXAS TECH-TCU PREVIEW
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU defensive guru Gary Patterson and Texas Tech offensive mastermind Kliff Kingsbury both express admiration for how the other coach excels at his specialty. “Coach Kingsbury is probably one of the brightest offensive minds in college football, and really anywhere,” Patterson said. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 730 words, photos.
BATON ROUGE, La. — The SEC this week has been able to celebrate having the most ranked teams within a single conference at any time in the past two years. One league has not had eight simultaneously ranked members since the SEC had eight in October 2016. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia have not looked threatened yet, but the other six ranked teams in the league all were directly affected by a trio of results last weekend. Those outcomes caused some of the more highly anticipated games left on the schedule to lose some luster and made the SEC look increasingly top-heavy again. By Brett Martel. SENT: 850 words, photos.
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