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

September 20, 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.

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

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BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--MAVERICKS-WORKPLACE CONDUCT

DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years. Investigators hired by the outspoken billionaire said there was no evidence to show Cuban knew of the most explosive allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery. But the report faulted Cuban for not firing two employees when there were clear signs he should have. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.

With:

— BKN--MAVERICKS-WORKPLACE CONDUCT-EXCERPTS — SENT: 420 words.

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--RAYS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Before slipping into the baby costume that was part of rookie dress-up travel day for the late-surging Tampa Bay Rays, Ryan Yarbrough broke a record that had stood since the team’s first season 20 years ago. And Tommy Pham homered twice for the still playoff-hopeful Rays in another win for another sweep. A day after Blake Snell became the majors’ first 20-game winner in two years, the Rays used an “opener” for the 49th time this season. Yarbrough, the second of five pitchers, struck out six in four innings for his 15th victory as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep with a 9-3 win at Texas. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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— BBA--RANGERS-BUSH SURGERY — Rangers hard-throwing reliever Matt Bush has had surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament that will keep him out the first half of the 2019 season. SENT: 140 words.

BBA--MARINERS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Robinson Cano drove in three runs, three players hit solo homers and seven pitchers combined for a five-hitter in Seattle’s 9-0 rout of the Houston Astros. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--TEXANS-BLACK QBS COMMENT

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have fired back at an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: “You can’t count on a black quarterback,” in the comment section of an online news article where he was criticizing quarterback Deshaun Watson. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney Woods, about 75 miles north of Houston. In his post in the comment section of a story written by the Houston Chronicle and posted on Facebook, Redden referred to the last play of Sunday’s game, in which Watson let the clock run down before completing a pass to DeAndre Hopkins in a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-PROTECTING WILSON

RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll has a firm belief that the protection the Seattle Seahawks offensive line is providing Russell Wilson has improved from where it was in recent years. The statistics tell a far different story. No team in the NFL has seen its quarterback sacked more often through the first two weeks of the season than the Seahawks. It’s been a disastrous mix of mistakes by the offensive line, Wilson holding the ball too long at times, and facing a pair of elite pass rushers that has led to the quarterback being sacked 12 times already. The Seahawks face a quick turnaround in solving the issues that have emerged in their 0-2 start with a game looming on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. By Tim Booth. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CFL

— FBO--CFL-MANZIEL — Johnny Manziel will start for the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night at Winnipeg. SENT: 170 words.

College

FBC--SEC-DAUNTING DEATH

ATLANTA — Don’t be misled by the top two spots of the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. There’s much more to the Southeastern Conference’s 2018 depth chart than the league’s impressive two-deep hold on the top of the poll. Sure, Alabama and Georgia are looking strong as the nation’s top-ranked teams. It’s far too early to assume the SEC rivals who met in last year’s national championship game will play again for this year’s SEC title, however. The path to Atlanta is more treacherous than suggested by the skeptics who predicted the league would be top-heavy and weaker in 2018. An example of the league’s depth is No. 22 Texas A&M, which plays at No. 1 Alabama this week. The Aggies’ only loss was to No. 3 Clemson, 28-26. An early exception to the SEC’s claim of top-to-bottom depth is Arkansas, which fell to 1-2 with losses to Colorado State and North Texas. The Razorbacks play their conference opener at Auburn on Saturday night. By Charles Odum. SENT: 800 words, photos.

High School

— FBH--SABINE PASS CANCELS SEASON — Officials in a school district hit hard by Tropical Storm Harvey last year have canceled the rest of their high school football season. SENT: 180 words.

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