BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 5 pm, TX
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score after fumbling on Tennessee’s first two possessions and the Titans spoiled receiver Amari Cooper’s Dallas debut with a 28-14 victory over the Cowboys. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have won six straight games for the first time since 2012, leaving their terrible start behind them and putting them firmly in control of the AFC South as they head into their off week. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 700 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — The second half of the season has turned sour and painful for No. 15 Texas. The Longhorns have lost two in a row after a 6-1 start to fall out of first place in the Big 12. They had to endure a flurry of “horns down” signs from West Virginia after giving up the winning touchdown and 2-point conversion with just 16 seconds left on Saturday. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 580 words, photos.
ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs are headed back to the Southeastern Conference championship game, which isn’t really a surprise. Now, the SEC East winners will get another crack at mighty Alabama, which has been the goal all along. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
STILLWATER, Okla. — It has been somewhat of a roller coaster season for Oklahoma State, with several big wins over strong, ranked teams (Boise State, Texas) followed by disappointing losses to supposedly inferior opponents (Kansas State, Baylor). The Cowboys are still looking for some consistency to their performance heading into Saturday’s game against No. 6 Oklahoma. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.
Mississippi’s football program has earned the reputation of one that plays extremely hard and can occasionally put a bunch of points on the scoreboard. Unfortunately for the Rebels, it hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of the worst teams in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss (5-4, 1-4 SEC) continued a disappointing season last weekend when it lost 48-44 on its home field to South Carolina. The elements that have defined the past two months were there: Great effort, good offense, bad-to-terrible defense. And — ultimately — another disappointing loss. More and more, the Rebels have been on the wrong side of the score and they’ll be sizable underdogs when they go on the road to face Texas A&M (5-4, 3-3) on Saturday. By David Brandt. SENT: 550 words, photos.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Its goal of a winning season long gone, Nebraska is shifting some attention to Devine Ozigbo and a couple of his teammates’ pursuits of individual milestones. Ozigbo needs 204 yards over the final three games to become the Cornhuskers’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Ameer Abdullah in 2014. Since 1971, the Huskers have never gone four straight years without a player making it to 1,000. Ozigbo is from Sachse, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and he was well aware of the accomplishments of Rex Burkhead, who’s from nearby Plano. Burkhead ran for 1,357 yards and 15 TDs in 2011 before his injury-plagued senior season. If Ozigbo hits 1,000, he will join Burkhead and 21 other Nebraska players who have accomplished the feat. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 720 words, photos.
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INDIANAPOLIS — James Harden made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds left and then closed out Houston’s 98-94 victory at Indiana by making four straight free throws. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal 4:29 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins over the Dallas Stars 2-1. By Ken Powtak. SENT: 630 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Woodward grew up wanting to be an architect or an engineer. He also had what he thought was a far-fetched dream of playing professional baseball. The kid from California who was a 54th-round draft pick and went on to play 12 major league seasons as a utility infielder for five teams is now the manager of one of the youngest teams in the majors. The Texas Rangers formally introduced Woodward as their new manager two days after hiring the Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BBO--HALL OF FAME
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game Era committee to consider next month. Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Joe Carter also are on the ballot for the 16-man committee, which meets Dec. 9 at the winter meetings in Las Vegas. The committee considers candidates from 1998 to the present, and a candidate needs at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected. SENT: 380 words, photos.
CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR did not have its finest day at Texas Motor Speedway, where things got off to a bad start when Jimmie Johnson was incorrectly penalized moments before the race began. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 760 words, photos.
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