AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX
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NEW YORK — The Texas Rangers on Friday night continue their series at the New York Yankees. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT.
HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole opposes Seattle’s Mike Leake when the Astros and Mariners continue a four-game series. Seattle won the opener 8-6. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.
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HOUSTON — The most terrifying pitcher ever to have called the Astrodome home slowly pushes himself up from a couch and lumbers, at 68 years old, into a small room overcrowded with 100 of Houston’s homeless and neediest. The Houston Chronicle reports they have come to Lord of the Streets, an Episcopal Church, for free lunch, but first they must listen to uplifting testimonials. Then 6-foot-8 J.R. Richard heads to the pulpit. Thirty-eight summers ago, after the burly righthander had spent a decade with the Astros striking out 1,493 batters and dominating baseball with an effectively wild 100 mph fastball, Richard collapsed from an on-field stroke. It ended his career and derailed his life. By Hunter Atkins. SENT: 2,660 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CHASE
NEW YORK — Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx are back in the postseason. The defending champions still have a long way to go to get a bye or two in the first round. The Lynx reached the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year with Thursday night’s win over Las Vegas. Seven teams have clinched playoff berths while Dallas isn’t far off from claiming that final position despite losing six consecutive games. The Wings still hold a 2 1/2 game lead over Las Vegas. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 590 words, with photos.
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