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

September 4, 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

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AUSTIN, Texas — There’s an informal new course at the University of Texas: American Literature with Tom Herman. First on the syllabus: comparing a second straight loss to Maryland with the works of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck. Texas, Herman said Monday, was like the simple but brutish Lenny from Steinbeck’s classic “Of Mice and Men.” The Longhorns tried so hard to win they killed their chance to do it. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 730 words, photos.


CLEMSON, S.C. — Calmly and clearly, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney shared how once more the second-ranked Tigers will use both senior Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence at quarterback at Texas A&M this week. Both had good moments in a blowout win over Furman this past Saturday and both made mistakes, Swinney said. But neither gave the coaches any reason to stick them on the bench against the Aggies (1-0). By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 710 words, photos.



FRISCO, Texas — Travis Frederick will not go on injured reserve initially as he battles a condition that affects the nervous system, although the Dallas Cowboys still don’t have a timetable for the return of their four-time Pro Bowl center. Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Frederick hasn’t had any “drastic setbacks” while getting treated for Guillain-Barre syndrome. The disorder attacks nerves and causes weakness in various parts of the body. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 500 words.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott didn’t play for the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason, and fellow running back Frank Gore barely did for Miami. Sitting stars in exhibitions raise the age-old balance of getting them ready for that first big hit while protecting important pieces for Super Bowl hopes. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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HOUSTON — Alex Bregman homered for the third straight game and Yuli Gurriel also went deep to help the Houston Astros to their third straight win, 4-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Monday. Dallas Keuchel (11-10) scattered five hits over six innings and allowed one run, which was unearned, for his second straight win. Brad Peacock allowed a single with two outs in the ninth to load the bases but struck out Jorge Polanco to escape the jam and get his third save. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 510 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Shoemaker was excited to be back on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels, and the right-hander was rather effective in his return. Shoemaker threw five scoreless innings in his first start for the Angels in more than five months , since the opening weekend of the season after also missing the final 3 1/2 months last year with a right forearm strain, to get them started in a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. By Stephen Hawkins. AP Photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre wants to stay healthy and help the last-place Texas Rangers finish strong in the last month of the season. Baseball’s active career hits leader isn’t saying if it will be the last few weeks of his Hall of Fame-caliber career. “I’m not thinking about next year yet,” Beltre said Monday. “That’s going to be in the offseason.” By Stephen Hawkins. AP Photos.


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