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

September 27, 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--ASTROS CLINCH

TORONTO — The Houston Astros moved their celebration from the team hotel to the clubhouse. The Astros marked their second straight AL West title by dousing one another with wine and beer and enjoying cigars after Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. “We’re getting used to this,” infielder Alex Bregman said. “I like it.” It was the second celebration of the day for the Astros, who clinched the division just after 2 a.m. Wednesday when Oakland lost at Seattle 10-8 in 11 innings. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — John Gibbons said he wasn’t going to cry, but the veteran manager struggled to contain his emotions in his final home game with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays gave Gibbons a winning home send-off Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros, who broke out the bubbly anyway. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 1280 words, photos.

With:

— BBA--ASTROS-McCULLERS-FAN — Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has offered advice and a free playoff ticket to an 8-year-old special needs girl who apparently was yelled at by another fan for loudly cheering at an Astros game. SENT: 120 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.

BBA--RANGERS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--DESPERATE TEXANS

HOUSTON — A season so promising just a few short weeks ago is on the verge of falling apart for the Houston Texans. One of only two winless teams in the NFL, the Texans are desperate to get a victory on Sunday against the Colts and try to salvage their season. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 640 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--TEXANS-HAL — Houston Texans safety Andre Hal’s Hodgkin lymphoma is in remission. Hal was diagnosed with the disease in May and immediately began treatment. He received the news of his remission on Sept. 18. He chose not to undergo chemotherapy, instead opting for a less aggressive form of treatment with hopes of returning to the field this season. Texans trainer Geoff Kaplan says there is a possibility that Hal could play this season and called his recovery: “the best-case scenario that you could imagine.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 160 words, photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-DEFENSE

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma is licking its wounds after going to overtime with Army and its triple-option rushing attack. The sixth-ranked Sooners will take the lessons they learned into Saturday’s game against Baylor. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 610 words, photos.

FBC--ARKANSAS-DEFENSIVE HOPE

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — If there is a bright spot in the early going for Arkansas it is on defense. The Razorbacks (1-3) are coming off a 34-3 loss at Auburn, but the final score is a bit deceiving when it comes to the effort. The Hogs held Auburn to only 91 yards rushing on 36 carries. The front seven led by junior McTelvin Agim and senior Randy Ramsey had a better game against the rush than Auburn, which allowed 149 yard on 38 carries. Defensive coordinator John Chavis and company will be facing his former team Saturday for the first time when Arkansas plays Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas. The Razorbacks have lost six straight to their former Southwest Conference rival and they are counting on Chavis’ knowledge to prepare. By Andrew Epperson. SENT: 470 words, photos.

FBC--SEC-BRUISING BACKS

Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. has rushed for 340 yards in two SEC games and ranks third nationally with 540. He is one of four SEC backs ranked in the top 20, including Ole Miss’ Scottie Phillips, Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams and LSU’s Nick Brossette. At a time when mobile quarterbacks are all the rage around college football, successful teams are always looking for durable running backs. Just ask Alabama’s Nick Saban. While the Crimson Tide’s passing attack is soaring, Saban wants more out of his ground game with 1,000-yard rusher Damien Harris on the roster. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GOLF:

Ryder Cup

GLF--RYDER CUP-NOTEBOOK

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Texan Jordan Spieth went the entire PGA Tour season without a victory, and he was the only American on the Ryder Cup team who failed to reach the Tour Championship. One week can still make this year feel like a success — by winning the Ryder Cup in France. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 940 words, photos.

SOCCER:

US Open Cup

— SOC--US OPEN CUP — Mauro Manotas scored twice in the first half to lead the Houston Dynamo to the U.S. Open Cup title, 3-0 over the Philadelphia Union. SENT: 60 words, photos.

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