AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX
Sep. 11, 2018
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ronald Guzman homered, Joey Gallo drove in three runs and Mike Minor threw six solid innings to help the Texas Rangers end a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. SENT: 750 words, photos.
DETROIT — Justin Verlander knew this would be one of the most emotional games of his major league career. He still wasn't prepared. In his return to Detroit, Verlander received three standing ovations while pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. By Dave Hogg. SENT: 850 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott's difficulties in the passing game go back further than a loss in the opener at Carolina for the Dallas Cowboys. Now that the slump has extended into a new season, coach Jason Garrett and his staff must weigh the factors and when or whether to make changes to try to fix them. Six sacks of Prescott and little running room early for star back Ezekiel Elliott magnified two significant questions on the offensive line. Most of the focus, though, will remain on a revamped and largely unproven group of receivers trying to replace tight end Jason Witten and receiver Dez Bryant. Then there's the play-calling, with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan under siege from the unemployed Bryant on Twitter, along with the fans. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson looked rusty in Houston's season-opening loss to New England, committing two turnovers and failing to move the offense consistently in his return from knee surgery. Now the second-year quarterback must find a way to improve before Houston begins AFC South play on Sunday at Tennessee where the Texans will be without right tackle Seantrel Henderson. Coach Bill O'Brien says Henderson is out for the season with an ankle injury. O'Brien says Henderson, who was brought in this offseason to improve Houston's line, will have surgery on Tuesday. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 620 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have lost their three-time Pro Bowl tight end at least for a big chunk of the season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is being evaluated after hurting his throwing arm, and two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan is in the concussion protocol. And that's just the latest injuries for the Titans. Now Tennessee has to see who's healthy enough for the home opener Sunday against AFC South rival Houston (0-1) and adapt accordingly. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 620 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State so far proved it can dispense merciless beatings to opponents it is supposed to beat. The Buckeyes will learn more about their potential when they travel to Arlington, Texas, this week to face another AP Top 25 team in TCU. This will be the first real measuring stick of the season for the No. 4 Buckeyes, a road game in front of what essentially will be a home crowd for TCU, whose Fort Worth campus is a half-hour drive from AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson safety K'von Wallace has a message for opponents who believe Clemson's vaunted defense was exposed at Texas A&M. "Keep trying us," he said. Opponents likely will. Yes, Wallace intercepted Kellen Mond's pass on a two-point conversion in the final minute to preserve No. 2 Clemson's 28-26 victory. But only moments before his heroics, it was a ball that bounced off of Wallace that turned into a Texas A&M's final TD with 46 seconds left that set up the dramatic finish. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 690 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — At least in the early going, statistics suggest Tennessee is doing a better job of avoiding mistakes under new coach Jeremy Pruitt. Nonetheless, Pruitt said there's still plenty of room for improvement. Tennessee (1-1) hasn't committed a single turnover in its first two games and has the fewest penalty yards of any Southeastern Conference team. The Volunteers committed just three penalties last week in a 59-3 drubbing of Football Championship Subdivision program East Tennessee State. Pruitt believes Tennessee still is making far too many mistakes as it prepares for Saturday's game with UTEP (0-2). By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photos.
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DETROIT — Lawyers rushed to meet a deadline to file lawsuits against Michigan State University to qualify for $75 million set aside for more victims of Larry Nassar. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in the past week, including one on behalf of 21 Jane Does who said they were sexually assaulted by the campus sports doctor. Michigan State in May agreed to pay $425 million to 332 victims and set aside $75 million for additional claims. Some assaults were reported to have occurred at a U.S. National team training camp at the Karoyli Ranch in the Sam Houston Forest north of Houston, Texas. By Ed White. SENT: 250 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
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