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

December 5, 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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SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points and Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds to power the Utah Jazz past the San Antonio Spurs 139-105. By Matthew Coles. SENT: 750 words, photos.


DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Dallas Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, 111-102 over the Portland Trail Blazers. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— BKN--CLIPPERS-BEVERLEY FINED — Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball at a fan during a game in Dallas. SENT: 130 words, photos.




Illinois’ recent seasons belie a program with a rich history that includes ranking in the top 15 in all-time wins and making 30 NCAA Tournament appearances and five Final Fours. The faithful cling to those memories as they keep showing up at the State Farm Center hoping to see the kind of winners Lou Henson, Bill Self and Bruce Weber put on the floor. Brad Underwood took over for John Groce and, now in his second season, is just beginning his attempt at a rebuild. Underwood said he wants to build an identity of toughness, togetherness and accountability. He knows his system works. At Stephen F. Austin, he went to three straight NCAA Tournaments and had a three-year record of 89-14. In his only year at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys won 20 games and made the NCAAs. By Eric Olson. SENT: 920 words, photos.


COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jeremiah Tilmon posted 10 points and 12 rebounds — his second double-double this season — to lead Missouri to a 65-45 victory over UT Arlington. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— BKC--UTEP-MARQUETTE — Markus Howard scored 21 points and Marquette jumped out to a big lead early and held off UTEP 76-69. SENT: 200 words.

— BKC--TRINITY-INCARNATE WORD — Christian Peevy scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Incarnate Word returned from a nine-day break to hand its cross-town, Division III rivals from Trinity University an 82-57 loss. SENT: 130 words.

— BKC--LAMAR-HOUSTON — Galen Robinson Jr. matched his career high with 20 points and Armoni Brooks added 17 points and nine rebounds to propel Houston to a 79-56 victory over Lamar. SENT: 150 words.

— BKC--CAMPBELL-ABILENE CHRISTIAN — Jalone Friday scored 19 points, Payten Ricks scored 18, grabbed five rebounds and made a school Division I-era record seven steals, and Abilene Christian held the nation’s leading scorer to 26 points in beating Campbell 83-68. SENT: 180 words.

— BKC--PRAIRIE VIEW A&M-LOUISIANA TECH — DaQuan Bracey had 22 points and Derric Jean drilled five from long range for 17 points as Louisiana Tech rolled to an 82-68 win over Prairie View A&M. SENT: 140 words.




PHILADELPHIA — After winning consecutive games for the first time since the Super Bowl, the Eagles are back in control of their playoff chances. They’ll clinch the NFC East if they win out but the road is tough. Philly on Sunday will visit the Dallas Cowboys. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 620 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.



NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray pulled off an impressive triple play during a brutal 30-hour stretch in April. On a Friday night, he played center field for the Sooners’ baseball team. The next day, he played quarterback in the football team’s spring game. After that, he played another baseball game Saturday night. It was a mental and physical grind for Murray, but his dedication to both sports has paid off. Two months later, the Oakland A’s selected him in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. He chose to continue playing football, and after posting one of the most impressive statistical seasons in FBS history, he was named a Heisman Trophy finalist on Monday. After a disappointing freshman season at Texas A&M in 2015, he transferred to Oklahoma. He sat out a year because of transfer rules, then waited last season behind Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 820 words, photos.



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FRISCO, Texas — The PGA of America is leaving Florida for a $520 million development in the Dallas area that will include a 500-room hotel, a massive conference center and two golf courses that will bring major championships back to Texas. The decision followed approval of an incentives package by the Frisco City Council and other government entities. The move is not expected until the summer of 2022, about the time the two golf courses, a 9-hole short course and practice areas are to be finished. The first tournament will be the Senior PGA Championship in 2023. SENT: 450 words.



— BBA--RANGERS-COACHES — The Texas Rangers have filled out new manager Chris Woodward’s staff with two more assistant coaches. Texas has announced the hiring of Oscar Marin as bullpen coach and Callix Crabbe as assistant hitting coach. SENT: 130 words.


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