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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX

November 20, 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored 29 points and nine rebounds, Julius Randle added 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in 25 minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their third straight with a 140-126 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. By Brett Martel. SENT: 750 words, photos.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 28 points, Marc Gasol added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 98-88. By Clay Bailey. SENT: 750 words, photos.




KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas Tech rallied to beat Southern California and Nebraska routed Missouri State to reach the finals of the Hall of Fame Classic. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 850 words, photos.


— BKC--NORTHWESTERN ST-HOUSTON — Armoni Brooks scored 16 points and three teammates came off the bench to score 13 point each as Houston routed Northwestern State, 82-55 in the Men Against Breast Cancer Cougar Cup. SENT: 130 words.

— BKC--EASTERN NEW MEXICO-UTEP — Evan Gilyard tied a career-high with 29 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and UTEP fought off pesky Division II-member Eastern New Mexico 66-59. SENT: 140 words.

— BKC--UTSA-UC IRVINE — Robert Cartwright scored a season-high 17 points to help UC Irvine beat UTSA 65-56 in a first-round game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. SENT: 170 words.

— BKC--JACKSON ST-SAM HOUSTON ST— RJ Smith scored all of his 12 points in the second half and grabbed nine rebounds to help Sam Houston State beat Jackson State 75-60 in the Cayman Islands Classic mainland. SENT: 200 words.

— BKC--TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY-EAST CAROLINA — Jayden Gardner scored 15 points with six rebounds and East Carolina held off a late push to beat UT Rio Grande Valley 69-64. SENT: 140 words.

— BKC--PRAIRIE VIEW-UNC GREENSBORO — Francis Alonso had 18 points as UNC Greensboro got past Prairie View 74-66. SENT: 180 words.

— BKC--ARLINGTON BAPTIST-LAMAR — Josh Nzeakor scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting and Lamar beat Arlington Baptist 105-40. SENT: 140 words.

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NEW YORK — Filip Chytil scored the tiebreaking goal 4:32 into the third period to rally the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. By Denis P. Gorman. SENT: 700 words, photos.




HOUSTON — The Houston Texans became the first team since 1925 to win seven straight games after starting 0-3 with their victory over Washington on Sunday. Now they’ll try to continue the streak and set a franchise record for consecutive wins when they host AFC South rival Tennessee next Monday night. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans need the extra day off before their next game both to allow injuries to heal and figure out what went wrong in their worst loss this season. Marcus Mariota is recovering from a stinger that knocked him out of the Titans’ 38-10 loss to the Colts, not the elbow injury announced during the game. Coach Mike Vrabel said he is hopeful Mariota will play when the Titans visit Houston on Nov. 26 and Pees also will return to work, even his boss plans to limit the coordinator to banker’s hours of 9 to 5. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT; 620 words, photos.


FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott still had five more games to watch last year after the Dallas Cowboys lost in Atlanta at the beginning of their star running back’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. After playing a huge role in helping the Cowboys thrust themselves into the NFC East race with a win at the Falcons, Elliott will be right in the middle of trying to get them back to the playoffs instead of having to watch a season go south without the 2016 NFL rushing champ. It’s quite a two-game streak to build on for Dallas (5-5), and it set up a Thanksgiving showdown against Washington (6-4) on Thursday with the division lead on the line. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 700 words, photos.


ASHBURN, Va. — Colt McCoy knew exactly what his teammates needed to hear. In the aftermath of a gut-wrenching two-point loss and the sickening season-ending injury to Alex Smith, McCoy stood up in the Washington Redskins locker room and addressed the group. McCoy “told us we were in good hands,” running back Chris Thompson said. “We had no doubt about that from the jump. We lost the game, but I will say Colt talking to us afterwards really had the dudes hyped up and we’re ready to get to Dallas.” By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 790 words, photos.



BATON ROUGE, La. — Coach Ed Orgeron makes it clear that he doesn’t see LSU’s regular-season finale at Texas A&M on Saturday as just another game on the schedule. While LSU’s hopes of sneaking into the College Football Playoff are slim at best, a victory would give the No. 8 Tigers their first 10-win regular season in six years while virtually assuring LSU a spot in a prestigious “New Year’s Six” bowl game. The Tigers have not participated in one of these upper-tier post-season games since losing to Alabama in the national title game at the end of the 2011 season. By Bryan Lazare. SENT: 770 words, photos.


— FBC--TEXAS-HAGER REPRIMANDED — Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager has been publicly reprimanded by the Big 12 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship and ethical conduct policy after he made a disparaging joke about Oklahoma to a reporter after the Longhorns’ last game. SENT: 130 words.



— SOC--FC DALLAS-PAREJA — FC Dallas and coach Oscar Pareja have reached a mutual agreement to part ways after his five seasons as head coach and an affiliation with the organization that dates back 20 years. SENT: 180 words.



— TEN--AUSTRALIA OPEN-USTA WILD CARDS — Whitney Osuigwe, a 16-year-old from Florida, has earned an Australian Open wild-card berth from the U.S. Tennis Association. Osuigwe clinched a spot in the field at next year’s first Grand Slam tournament by faring the best in recent lower-level tournaments, including a title at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Tyler, Texas. SENT: 180 words.


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