AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX
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HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Houston Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight win, 34-17, over the Tennessee Titans. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
METAIRIE, La. — In his 18th NFL season and less than two months from turning 40, Saints veteran quarterback Drew Brees has exhibited a knack for connecting with young people recently. Or, to be more specific, the young receivers on New Orleans’ roster. The Saints on Thursday night visit the Dallas Cowboys. By Brett Martel. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas last played in the Big 12 championship game in 2009 when it looked to be there many, many times. The Longhorns instead have been through three head coaches and a whole of losing until their return to the title game this week. UT faces Oklahoma on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 760 words, photos.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Mack Brown turned around North Carolina’s football program once before, and the Tar Heels believe he could do it again. The school is negotiating with Brown on a deal to return to Chapel Hill as its next football coach, two people with knowledge of the situation said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school hasn’t publicly commented on its coaching search. One of the people said that the deal is being finalized. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 540 words, photos.
— FBC--LSU-TEXAS A&M-FINE — The Southeastern Conference is fining No. 22 Texas A&M University $50,000 after Aggie fans surged onto the field after A&M’s 74-72 win in the seventh overtime period over No. 12 LSU on Saturday. SENT: 130 words.
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CHICAGO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Chicago Bulls for a 108-107 victory. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 750 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — John Wall scored a season-high 36 points, including six in overtime, and the Washington Wizards overcame James Harden’s season-best 54 points to outlast the Houston Rockets 135-131. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kouat Noi had 27 points and Jaylen Fisher added 12 points on four 3-pointers as TCU beat Eastern Michigan 87-69, after the Horned Frogs dropped out of the AP Top 25 poll earlier in the day. By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.
EUGENE, Ore. — SENT: 600 words.
— BKC--TEXAS A&M-CC-TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY — Solomon Hainna had a career-high 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block to lead Texas-Rio Grande Valley to a 68-59 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. SENT: 130 words.
— BKC--UTSA-HOUSTON BAPTIST — Byron Frohnen and Jhivvan Jackson scored 21 points apiece as UTSA narrowly beat Houston Baptist 86-82. Keaton Wallace added 20 points for the Roadrunners. SENT: 170 words.
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NEW YORK — Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday. Both teams faced deficits this past week in holiday tournament games before prevailing. The Irish needed to rally from 14 points down to beat No. 9 Oregon State in the Vancouver Showcase championship game to stay No. 1. The Huskies trailed St. John’s early in the fourth quarter at the Paradise Jam before winning by 10. Oregon, Baylor and Louisville followed Notre Dame and UConn in the poll voted on by a 31-member national media panel. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 470 words, photos.
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CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The former president of Michigan State University has made her first court appearance since being charged with lying to investigators about what she knew during the investigation into sexual assault allegations against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Lou Anna Simon, 71, is accused of lying during an interview in May as investigators tried to figure how Nassar got away with his crimes for so long. She is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors. By David Eggert. SENT: 520 words, with photos. Moving on general and sports news services.
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