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

August 2, 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--ASTROS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — When the Seattle Mariners were rolling in the middle of June, it appeared unlikely anyone in their own division would be contending with them for one of the wild card spots in the American League. Now, the Mariners have been knocked from the lead for the second wild-card in the AL, caught by division rival Oakland. Marwin Gonzalez hit two of Houston’s four home runs, and the Astros beat the Mariners 8-3, dropping Seattle into a tie with the Athletics in the wild-card race. Seattle led the A’s by 11 games in the middle of June, but has seen the entire lead disappear over the past six weeks. By Tim Booth. SENT: 900 words, photos.

With:

— BBA--OSUNA-COURT — A lawyer for former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna, who is facing an assault charge, is taking issue with comments from the general manager of his client’s new team, the Houston Astros. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— BBA--ASTROS-CORREA — Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi after missing more than a month with a back injury. SENT: 140 words.

BBA--RANGERS-BELTRE’S FUTURE

Adrian Beltre is back in Texas, still with the Rangers after a road trip that ended on the same day as the non-waiver trade deadline. That doesn’t necessarily mean that baseball’s active career hits leader will finish this season, the last on his contract and maybe the last of his Hall of Fame-caliber career, with the last-place Rangers. The possibility remains that, in the right situation, Beltre could get dealt to a contending team in August for a shot at finally winning a World Series title. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-SACK SEEKERS

OXNARD, Calif. — DeMarcus Lawrence enjoys needling pass-rushing understudy Taco Charlton, who spent plenty of time in the offseason working out with the man who tied for second in sacks in the NFL last year for the Dallas Cowboys. Maybe it’s because Lawrence is coming off his best season at 14½ sacks while Charlton is trying to deliver on first-round expectations in his second year. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 900 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--COWBOYS-GREGORY — The Dallas Cowboys have activated defensive end Randy Gregory off the non-football injury list after a year away from football on a substance-abuse suspension. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 150 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

WNBA

— BKL--CAMBAGE TECHNICAL RESCINDED — The WNBA has rescinded a technical foul called against Liz Cambage of the Dallas Wings. SENT: 130 words.

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