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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX

September 17, 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BBO--DIAMONDBACKS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander struck out 11 in seven solid innings and the Houston Astros extended their AL West edge, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Sunday. The Astros lead Oakland by 4 ½ games in the division race. Arizona began the day four games behind in the NL West and 3 ½ games back for the second NL wild-card spot. SENT 500 words, with photos.

BBO--RANGERS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO —Rookie Francisco Mejia hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the San Diego Padres rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 to avoid a three-game sweep in a matchup of last-place teams. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--TEXANS-TITANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ryan Succop kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:00 left, and the battered Tennessee Titans held off the Houston Texans 20-17 on Sunday to give Mike Vrabel his first victory as an NFL head coach. Succop also kicked a tying 42-yarder in the fourth quarter as Tennessee (1-1) pulled out the win with quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline. The Titans also were missing their top three offensive tackles. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 480 words, photos.

FBN--GIANTS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas —Dak Prescott threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin on the third play of the game and the Dallas Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times in a 20-13 victory over the New York Giants. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--T25-OHIO ST-DAY AFTER

ARLINGTON, Texas — No more acting for Ryan Day. Urban Meyer is back full-time as Ohio State’s coach. Day can again return his full attention to his role as the offensive coordinator and position coach for young quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. after they got the No. 4 Buckeyes off to a 3-0 start. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

The latest AP college football poll is released after a weekend where Wisconsin became the first top-10 team to lose to an unranked team this season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

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