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

December 14, 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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--LAKERS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ James Harden had a triple-double of 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and scored 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKN--CLIPPERS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight, topping the Los Angeles Clippers 125-87 on Thursday night for their largest win of the season. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKN--MAVERICKS-SUNS

PHOENIX _ SENT: 750 words, photos.

College

Men

_ BKC--ST EDWARDS-RICE _ Chris Mullins scored a career-high 24 points, including the go-ahead free throws in the final minute, and Rice turned back Division II St. Edward’s 78-73 on Kid’s Day. SENT: 150 words.

_ BKC--LAMAR-CAL ST BAKERSFIELD _ SENT: 150 words.

HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--STARS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-COLTS PREVIEW

INDIANAPOLIS _ Jason Garrett and Frank Reich understand the high stakes of Sunday’s game. If Dallas wins, it clinches the NFC East. If Indianapolis wins, it stays in the hunt for the AFC’s final playoff spot and possibly even a division crown. The two coaches and their players will get one more precious late-season chance to see how they stack up against another postseason contender. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, photos for weekend use.

FBN--COWBOYS-BUILDING DEFENSE

FRISCO, Texas _ Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli remembers the night the Cowboys traded up in the second round of the 2014 draft to grab DeMarcus Lawrence because they thought he was the last pass rusher on the board with the skills to become elite. Four years and several significant draft decisions later, Dallas is in line for its highest defensive ranking since 2003, and on the verge of joining that Bill Parcells-coached team as a defense-first playoff qualifier. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 840 words, photos.

With:

_ FBN--COWBOYS-BRENT-LAWSUIT _ A Texas jury has returned a $25 million verdict against former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent and the owner of a now-defunct nightclub in the death of Brent’s teammate, Jerry Brown Jr. SENT: 130 words.

FBN--TEXANS-JETS PREVIEW

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ After having their franchise-record nine-game winning streak stopped last Sunday, Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans are focused on getting back into the win column Saturday. They’ll take on Sam Darnold and the New York Jets, who snapped a six-game skid that might have saved coach Todd Bowles’ job _ for now. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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FBN--JETS-INJURIES:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. _ New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will not play against the Houston Texans on Saturday because of injuries. Crowell is dealing with a toe ailment that kept him out of practice all week. He leads the Jets with 685 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Elijah McGuire, who is questionable with an ankle injury, and rookie Trenton Cannon are expected to replace Crowell in the backfield. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 220 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-TRAVELING ROBERTS

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. _ Andre Roberts loves to travel and has visited all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica. One place he has never been to is the Pro Bowl, and the New York Jets kick returner is doing all he can to book a trip there this season. The Jets on Sunday host the Houston Texans. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 950 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.

High School

_ FBH--PREP SCORES

BASEBALL:

MLB

_ BBO--RANGERS-BREWERS TRADE _ The Milwaukee Brewers have added another reliever to their strong bullpen, getting durable left-hander Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for a draft pick. SENT: 110 words.

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