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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

February 28, 2019

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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--COWBOYS-WITTEN’S RETURN

Jason Witten is coming out of retirement and rejoining the Dallas Cowboys after one season as a television analyst. The 36-year-old Witten says the “fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong.” The Cowboys announced Thursday that the 11-time Pro Bowl tight end had agreed to a one-year contract. Witten retired last May to become the lead analyst for “Monday Night Football.” By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 600 words, with photos.

FBN--COMBINE-MURRAY’S SIZE

INDIANAPOLIS _ Kyler Murray may not throw at the NFL scouting combine, but he checked in just over 5-feet-10 and weighed 207 pounds. His hand size, as measured from his pinkie to his thumb, was 9½ inches. Murray’s measurements on Thursday compare favorably to two other undersized quarterbacks in recent years: Russell Wilson in 2012 and Baker Mayfield, last year’s top overall draft pick. Murray turned down the Oakland Athletics and a career in baseball for a shot at the NFL. By Arnie Stapleton. 600 words, with photo.

FBN--DEMARYIUS THOMAS-CRASH

DENVER _ Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans receiver Demaryius Thomas has been arrested on allegations including vehicular assault stemming from a crash earlier this month. Police say Thomas was taken into custody Wednesday after turning himself in. He was also being held on allegations of reckless driving and not having proof of insurance. Thomas was involved in a crash on Feb. 16, a few days after he was released by the Texans. SENT: 340 words, with photo.

COLLEGE:

BAYLOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

WACO, Texas _ Prosecutors in Texas have rested their case in the trial of a former Baylor University football player accused of raping another student in 2016. The prosecution rested Thursday, one day after opening statements in the Waco trial of 26-year-old Shawn Oakman, who’s the Bears’ career leader in quarterback sacks. SENT: 140 words. Could develop. Moving on news & sports lines.

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BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--Heat-Rockets

HOUSTON _ The Miami Heat visit the Houston Rockets. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

BKN--MAVERICKS-DONCIC TURNING

DALLAS _ At some point, Luka Doncic will be measured by wins and playoff success rather than how many triple-doubles he had as a teenager, or so Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle hopes with his rookie sensation. The budding Slovenian star’s final game before turning 20 was just the illustration his coach had in mind. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 600 words, with photos.

COLLEGE/WOMEN:

BKW--T25-TEXAS A&M-KENTUCKY

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ No. 11 Kentucky hosts No. 19 Texas A&M in its SEC home finale. UPCOMING. 150-words. Game starts 6 p.m. CST.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--T25-BIG 12 INTO MARCH

Eddie Sutton took Oklahoma State to the NCAA Final Four, Bill Self and Scott Drew were Big 12 newcomers and George W. Bush was finishing his first four-year term in the White House the last time Kansas didn’t at least share a piece of the league’s title. That was 2004. Could this really be the year that the Jayhawks’ impressive championship streak ends? By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.

_ BKC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 350 words.

BKC--TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY-CHICAGO ST

Texas Rio Grande Valley plays Chicago State at Jones Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--OLD DOMINION-UTSA

Old Dominion plays UTSA at UTSA Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--TEXAS-ARLINGTON-SOUTH ALABAMA

Texas-Arlington plays South Alabama at Mitchell Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--TEXAS ST-TROY

Texas State plays Troy at Trojan Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--FLORIDA ATLANTIC-NORTH TEXAS

Florida Atlantic plays North Texas at UNT Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--STARS-KINGS

LOS ANGELES _ The Dallas Stars, who are one point out of the wild card in the Western Conference, visit the Los Angeles Kings. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m. CST.

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SOCCER:

MLS:

SOC--MLS-SEASON PREVIEW

Major League Soccer embarks this weekend on its 24th season with, appropriately enough, 24 teams. Commissioner Don Garber says MLS “is still a growth story.” By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. With Eastern and Western Conference Capsules.

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