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

August 6, 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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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

COWBOYS-AUSTIN’S REBOOT

OXNARD, Calif. — Tavon Austin never really had a fresh start with a new coach in Los Angeles because of a wrist injury that plagued him and a hamstring that popped before the last of five disappointing seasons with the Rams. The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft believes the opportunity has arrived through a trade to the Dallas Cowboys and the health that Austin hoped would come with it. Having something to prove is nothing new for the 5-foot-8 hybrid receiver/returner/runner. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 770 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB:

ORIOLES-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, “Who are these guys?” With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team. The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ASTROS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers finally got the best of the Houston Astros and it took a pair of players not on last year’s World Series roster to do it. Brian Dozier delivered a two-run double in the first inning and Manny Machado had three hits with two runs scored as the Dodgers defeated the Astros 3-2 on Sunday. By Doug Padilla. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ASTROS-OSUNA

LOS ANGELES — Roberto Osuna is getting a second chance with the Houston Astros. They also made it clear they won’t give him another one. The All-Star closer met his new Astros teammates Sunday and addressed the club for 10 minutes in a closed-door meeting after completing a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. By Doug Padilla. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

ASTROS-MCCULLERS

LOS ANGELES — The Houston Astros placed starting pitcher Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right elbow discomfort and activated right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna. Osuna was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade-deadline deal last week and is coming off a 75-day MLB-imposed suspension for violation of the league’s domestic violence policy. By Doug Padilla. SENT: 160 words, photos.

ASTROS-SPRINGER INJURED

LOS ANGELES — All-Star outfielder George Springer left Houston’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after injuring his left thumb trying to steal second base in the third inning Sunday. Springer exited with discomfort in his thumb following a headfirst dive into the bag. He was thrown out by Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal. By Doug Padilla. SENT: 270 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

WNBA:

MYSTICS-WINGS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kristi Toliver hit a fade-away jumper with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Washington Mystics to a 76-74 win over the Dallas Wings on Sunday. Toliver led Washington (16-11) with 16 points, including eight in the final two minutes. LaToya Sanders added 15 points and Natasha Cloud scored 13. Elena Delle Donne, who came in fourth in the WNBA in scoring at 20.9 per game, finished with just five points on 2-of-9 shooting. SENT: 210 words.

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