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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

September 13, 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

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FRISCO, Texas — It’s no secret that Dak Prescott and his revamped group of Dallas receivers hold the key to creating consistent running room for Ezekiel Elliott. The formula needs improvement with the Cowboys trying to avoid their first 0-2 start under Jason Garrett. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


HOUSTON — J..J. Watt got better as the day went on his first game since breaking his leg last October in Houston’s opener on Sunday. After getting through that game, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is looking to make more of an impact this week when the Texans visit Tennessee. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Vrabel knows Houston coach Bill O’Brien and the Texans pretty well after spending the past four seasons working as an assistant, his last as defensive coordinator. Now Vrabel has his own team in Tennessee, and the rookie is about to square off with his former boss looking for his first victory. Vrabel hopes his familiarity with Houston helps in the Titans’ home opener. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. 750 words, photos. Moving in advance.




AUSTIN, Texas — Texas sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has been released from the hospital and returned to class a week after heat illness at practice sent him to intensive care. A Texas spokesman said Hudson left the hospital Wednesday. Hudson was rushed to the hospital on Sept. 8 after his body temperature rose too high and team medical staff couldn’t get it down to normal levels despite putting him in a cold-water bath. Texas hosts No. 22 Southern California on Saturday. SENT: 150 words.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — After waiting in the wings during a redshirt year and then sitting as the backup to J.T. Barrett last season, Dwayne Haskins Jr. is getting his chance to run the Ohio State offense as the starter. So far, so good. In the first two games, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Maryland product has thrown for 546 yards and nine touchdowns, with just one interception. A clash between the No. 4 Buckeyes and No. 15 TCU this Saturday will be a good measuring stick of whether Haskins can continue the torrid pace against better defenses. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s Kelly Bryant understands his big second half to lead the second-ranked Tigers to victory at Texas A&M won’t end his team’s two quarterback system or satisfy those who doubt he’s the championship answer for this program. He’s simply happy he did the job when called on. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 670 words, with photos.


The ceiling for teams outside the Power Five in the College Football Playoff race seems to be set pretty low — as any Central Florida fan will be quick to point out. Maybe Boise State can bust through it this year. To do so, Saturday’s game at No. 24 Oklahoma State is crucial for the 17th-ranked Broncos. Boise State’s trip to Stillwater is one of three games matching ranked teams in week three of the season, along with No. 4 Ohio State against No. 15 TCU in Arlington, Texas, and No. 7 Auburn hosting No. 12 LSU. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 960 words, with photo.


LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Big 12 is in the spotlight this week with a series of games against Power Five schools, to say nothing of Oklahoma State’s game against Boise State. The highlight is No. 15 TCU against fourth-ranked Ohio State. But whether it’s Kansas-Rutgers or Texas-Southern California, the league has a chance to make a national statement. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 790 words, with photos.




— FBC--ACC THIS WEEK — Undefeated Duke’s trip to Baylor looks like the best remaining matchup on an Atlantic Coast Conference schedule that has had several cancellations due to approaching Hurricane Florence. SENT. 425 words, file photos.




EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University says it’s lining up a lawyer for trustee George Perles, who’s accused of covering up a rape allegation against Larry Nassar in 1992, when Perles was the athletic director and football coach. Nassar was a medical student in 1992. He went on to become a sports doctor at the university. He’s in prison for child pornography and sexual assault. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


MIDLAND, Texas — A convicted online bookie in West Texas must serve three years in federal prison and pay $7 million in what prosecutors call an illegal sports gambling and tax scam. Prosecutors say 40-year-old Jose Abelardo Dominguez of Odessa was sentenced Wednesday in Midland. Dominguez in June pleaded guilty to money laundering and tax evasion. A federal judge also ordered Dominguez to pay more than $1.9 million to the IRS, plus a nearly $5.1 million judgment. SENT: 120 words. Moving on sports & news lines.


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