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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

October 8, 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. Ken Miller will be at the desk at 5:30 a.m.

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FOOTBALL:

College:

T25-TALK OF TEXAS

DALLAS — There was a long pause by coach Tom Herman while considering the obvious questions after Texas extended its winning streak to five games with an impressive victory over three-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma in the Red River rivalry. Are the Longhorns, now a top-10 team again, really back? Ready to be a Big 12 powerhouse again? A playoff contender? By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF reached the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll. After three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday, there was significant movement throughout the AP Top 25, except in the first four spots. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.

T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

Texas has been losing the type of game it won on Saturday for nearly a decade. The Longhorns since 2009 had mastered the excruciatingly painful loss as they tried to find their way back (that word!) to being nationally relevant and a legitimate contender in the Big 12. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

COLLEGE CORRUPTION

The curtain to college basketball’s worst-kept secret pulled back even more in a New York federal court last week, revealing a shady world of bagmen, secret payments and bags of cash. New allegations were made and more programs ensnared as witnesses took the stand in the trial of an Adidas executive and two others facing wire fraud and corruption charges. By John Marshall. SENT: 730 words.

NFL:

FBN--COWBOYS-TEXANS

HOUSTON — Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has a knack for making big plays, whether it’s with his arm or his feet. But after the quarterback took a few too many unnecessary hits in a 19-16 overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, his teammates wondered if maybe he should dial things back a bit. Watson threw for 375 yards with a touchdown and an interception and ran 10 times for 40 yards for the Texans, who won in overtime for the second straight week. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBA--ALDS-ASTROS-INDIANS PREVIEW

CLEVELAND — The Indians know a 2-0 deficit isn’t insurmountable after they blew one last October. But unless they start to hit Houston’s pitchers in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, Cleveland’s season will come another quick conclusion. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photos.

With:

— BBA--ALDS-ASTROS-BIG STATE BREGMAN. By Kristie Rieken.

SOCCER:

MLS:

US-MCKENNIE

CHICAGO — Midfielder Weston McKennie injured his right adductor muscle and will miss the United States’ exhibition games against Colombia and Peru. McKennie, a 20-year-old Texan, scored his first two professional goals in the past week for Schalke, against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League and Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga. SENT: 220 words, photos.

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