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

July 31, 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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BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--BLUE JAYS-ASTROS TRADE

OAKLAND, Calif. — Swapping a closer with on-field problems for one with off-field troubles, the World Series champion Houston Astros have traded Ken Giles to the Toronto Blue Jays along with a pair of pitching prospects for Roberto Osuna. Houston also sent right-handers David Paulino and Hector Perez to Toronto as part of the deal, a day before the deadline for trades without waivers. The Astros lead the AL West, but were set to begin a series at Seattle having lost a season-high four in a row. They also acquired reliever Ryan Pressly from Minnesota last week. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 880 words, photos.

With:

— BBO--MLB TRADES-THE LATEST

BBA--ASTROS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — James Paxton excelled in his return from the disabled list, Nelson Cruz had a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 2-0. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBO--RANGERS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and had four RBIs, helping the Texas Rangers rally after a power delay to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5. By John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos.

High School

— BBH--TSWA-1A ALL-STATE — Slocum senior pitcher Taylor Hunt who led the Mustangs to their first state baseball championship has been named the player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class A all-state baseball team. SENT: 200 words.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-ELLIOTT’S NEW YEAR

OXNARD, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott never has offered much about his state of mind at training camp a year ago when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys faced the possibility of a suspension over domestic violence allegations. So let his position coach explain the difference now that the drama is gone. “You go at this time last year, he’s very stressed out,” running backs coach Gary Brown said. “Wasn’t himself. Looked big. Now he looks happy and jubilant and lean and just going out there and having some fun. So it’s a completely different Zeke than it was last year.” By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 820 words, photos.

FBN--HALL OF FAME-OWENS

Despite his decision to not attend Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, former Dallas Cowboy Terrell Owens will be “honored” by the hall for his NFL career. Hall President David Baker tells The Associated Press that the Canton, Ohio, shrine’s mission statement begins with the goal “to honor the heroes of the game.” So Owens, who instead will be making an appearance at the University of Chattanooga, where he played college football, will be part of the 2018 class exhibit that includes a glass locker for each new member. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 450 words, photos.

TRACK AND FIELD:

Racist Attack

ITALY-RACISM-ATTACKS

ROME — A black Italian athlete was wounded in the eye when an egg was hurled at her, the latest of at least nine attacks since Italy’s anti-migrant government took power that are being investigated as possible acts of racism. The egg hit discus thrower Daisy Osakue, who was born in Italy to Nigerian immigrant parents. Osakue holds Italian citizenship and was expected to compete for Italy in the European Athletics Championships next week. “I’m sorry to say it, but I think we’re dealing with racism,” Osakue, who currently trains and studies criminal justice in the U.S. state of Texas, told Italian TV. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moved on international general and sports news services.

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