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

August 8, 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. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBA--MARINERS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon punctuated his seven innings with a nifty snag while getting his 246th career win, the most by a pitcher born in Latin America, as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle and another former AL Cy Young Award winner 11-4. Colon (6-10) made his sixth start since a win June 30 against the Chicago White Sox that matched him with Dennis Martinez from Nicaragua at 245 wins. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BBO--ASTROS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — The Houston Astros aren’t putting up big numbers with their injury-depleted lineup. But the World Series champions are making up for that with a couple of timely home runs. Tyler White hit a two-run drive in the eighth inning and the Astros pulled off a late rally for the second straight game, beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1. By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 600 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ROBIN VENTURA-HALL OF FAME

NORMAN, Okla. — Robin Ventura had a bat in his hand and a helmet on his head. For reasons probably he doesn’t even know, Ventura threw down the bat and took off the helmet before charging into infamy. The Oklahoman reports it’s been 25 years since Ventura made baseball history. In a scene that won’t be forgotten for decades, Ventura sprinted at 46-year-old Nolan Ryan, who had just plunked Ventura in the shoulder with a pitch. You remember what happened. Ventura ducked his head, right into the arms of the Texas Rangers legend. Ryan put the 26-year-old Ventura in a headlock and started pummeling. A victory for old guys everywhere. “Some things don’t work out for you, I guess,” Ventura said with a chuckle on Monday night, when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. By Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-PLAYER TO COACH

OXNARD, Calif. - In one year, Kellen Moore has gone from sitting next to Dak Prescott in meetings to running them as the new quarterbacks coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Moore’s broken ankle two years ago was the first of two injuries that led to Prescott starting as a rookie. Moore was the backup last season before deciding the time was right to step into a coaching role those around him figured was coming. It ended up being sooner rather than later. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--49ERS-GAROPPOLO

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is going to play at least one possession in the preseason opener Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He’ll play somewhat into the first quarter. We’ll see how long the opening drive is,” Shanahan said. Garoppolo will be taking his first snaps in a game since signing a five-year, $137.5 million contract in February. Garoppolo has looked good during training camp, including Tuesday’s practice when he hit receiver Aldrick Robinson for a pair of touchdowns during full-team drills. By Chris Biderman. SENT: 320 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

WNBA

BKL--AROUND THE NBA

NEW YORK — While most WNBA teams are battling for playoff spots in one of the league’s most competitive postseason races, New York, Indiana, Chicago and Las Vegas are jockeying for the draft lottery position. The league changed the lottery system in 2015 to include teams’ record over a two-year span to avoid teams tanking to get the top draft pick. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NBA

— BKN--WAKE FOREST-PAUL’S DONATION — NBA All-Star and former Wake Forest guard Chris Paul is donating $2.5 million in support of the Demon Deacons’ basketball team. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— BKN--PISTONS-GUPTA — The Detroit Pistons have hired Sachin Gupta as their assistant general manager. Gupta was a special adviser to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey last season. SENT: 100 words.

GOLF:

PGA Tour

GLF--PGA-SPIETH’S SLAM

ST. LOUIS — The spotlight was downright searing when Jordan Spieth arrived at Quail Hallow last summer, fresh off a victory at Royal Birkdale that had put him on the precipice of the career Grand Slam. The Texan didn’t wilt. Didn’t even wither. Spieth just didn’t win, putting together four consistent-if-unspectacular rounds that left him tied for 28th, well behind good buddy Justin Thomas. It was a good PGA Championship for a player that had come to expect greatness or at least have greatness expected of him. But it also meant an entire year waiting for another shot at the Slam. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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