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

September 28, 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 is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--RANGERS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-ORIOLES PPD

BALTIMORE — The Houston Astros aren’t going to simply go through the motions while closing out the regular season. Houston’s game against the Baltimore Orioles was postponed by rain, meaning the Astros will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday. The 54 postponements in the major leagues this year are the most since 58 in 1989, the commissioner’s office said. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 430 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-FIXING OFFENSE

FRISCO, Texas — Running back Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t think a demand for more carries is the answer for what ails a Dallas offense that’s threatening to derail the Cowboys’ season early. And if offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is ready to start “slinging it around” to ignite a paltry passing game, quarterback Dak Prescott is all for it. The underlying message of Linehan’s thinking is that the Cowboys (1-2) need to loosen up as they try again to bounce back from a rough road showing when Detroit (1-2) visits Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FBN--LIONS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas — The vibes are vastly different for a pair of 1-2 teams trying to put rough starts behind them. The Detroit Lions just secured their first win under new coach Matt Patricia, against longtime boss Bill Belichick and New England, in prime time no less. The Dallas Cowboys can’t fix a dysfunctional passing game even with the first 100-yard rushing performance of the season for star running back Ezekiel Elliott in a loss to Seattle. The vibes won’t matter to Patricia on Sunday when he goes after his first road win, just three weeks removed from a jolting 48-17 loss to the New York Jets at home in his debut. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 870 words, photos. Moved for weekend use.

FBN--TEXANS-FULLER

HOUSTON — Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller has played in six games where Deshaun Watson started at quarterback. He has had a receiving touchdown in all six of those games. Fuller and Watson have connected for nine touchdowns in limited action on the field together. The Texans are off to their first 0-3 start since 2008, but the locker room remains upbeat. Getting a win in Indianapolis on Sunday would certainly help them get going in the right direction. SENT: 580 words, photos.

FBN--TEXANS-COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson faces a different challenge Sunday. Yes, he’s up against a young defense that is pressuring quarterbacks, forcing turnovers and improving by the week. Sure, he hopes to end the league’s longest losing streak by giving the winless Texans their first victory since November. While Watson won a lot in college and even as an NFL rookie, now he must figure out a solution to the Texans’ woes. By Michael Marot. SENT: 790 words, photos. Moved for weekend use.

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— FBN--TEXANS-COLTS CAPSULE

Also:

— GLF-FBN--TONY ROMO-Q-SCHOOL — Tony Romo was 11-over par for 27 holes in the first stage of the Web.com Tour’s Qualifying Tournament. SENT: 140 words.

College

FBC--OBIT-TEXAS-WHITTIER

AUSTIN, Texas — Julius Whittier, the first African-American football letterman at the University of Texas whose family later sued the NCAA on behalf of college players who suffered brain injuries, has died. The school announced his death, citing family. No cause of death or age was given. Whittier was among the first black athletes to receive a scholarship to Texas. The Longhorns had the last all-white national championship team in 1969. Whittier was an offensive tackle for the Longhorns from 1970-71 and moved to tight end as a senior in 1972. He earned a law degree from Texas and became a prosecutor in Dallas. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 640 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.

FBC--BIG 12-TOUGH SLEDDING

The easiest way for a Power Five conference to produce a playoff team is to have one of its members go undefeated. Once again that might be nearly impossible for the Big 12 — even in league play. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

Women’s World Cup

BKL--WORLD UP QUARTERFINAL NOTEBOOK

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Nigeria coach Otis Hughley Jr. had other things on his mind as his team pulled off another last-second victory and beat Greece on Wednesday in the Women’s Basketball World Cup. He found out hours earlier that his family had been in a car accident just outside Atlanta. No one suffered any major injuries. Meanwhile, Life has been pretty easy so far for Australia star Liz Cambage. She is averaging a tournament best 27.7 points a game while playing only 20 minutes. Whether she decides to come back to the WNBA next year to play for the Dallas Wings isn’t high on her priority list right now. She’ll decide when she’s ready. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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