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

December 23, 2018

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

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--BUCCANEERS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Dallas Cowboys wrapped up the NFC East title when Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns and Jaylon Smith returned a fumble 69 yards for a score in a 27-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Smith’s long return came after a scrambling Jameis Winston lost the ball on a blind-side sack by Randy Gregory, who also recovered a fumble to set up a touchdown for a 14-point lead late in the third quarter. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 570 words, with photos.

FBN--TEXANS-EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA _ Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans 32-30 Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive. The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (8-7) need a win at Washington (7-8) next week and for Minnesota (8-6-1) to lose or tie or Seattle (8-6) to lose twice or lose once and tie to get a wild-card berth. The Texans (10-5) missed an opportunity to clinch the AFC South and also allowed New England (10-5) to take control of the No. 2 seed. The Texans would secure the division title with a victory against Jacksonville next week. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 610 words, with photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--FLORIDA STATE-BRILES

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ Florida State has hired former Houston assistant Kendal Briles as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The school announced Briles’ hiring on Sunday but did not disclose the terms. Briles replaces Walt Bell, who took the head coaching position at UMass earlier this month. Briles resigned Saturday from Houston (8-5) after the Cougars finished the season with a 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. By Bob Ferrante. SENT: 490 words.

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NBA:

BKN--MAVERICKS-BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Trail Blazers host the Dallas Mavericks. 600 words, photos.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--T25-COPPIN ST-HOUSTON

HOUSTON _ No. 21 Houston defeated Coppin State 75-44 on Sunday. 300 words.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--ISLANDERS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars host the Islanders a night after Dallas won at Minnesota on Alexander Radulov’s goal with 10 seconds left in overtime. New York is trying to earn a split on a four-game road trip. 650 words, photos.

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GYMNASTICS:

YE--METOO-SPORTS

One by one they came forward, more than 150 in all. Fearful yet defiant. Vulnerable but resolute, buoyed by the hope of catharsis and the promise of justice. Standing in a Michigan courtroom last January, women and girls sexually abused by Larry Nassar confronted the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, and over seven draining days detailed the devastating effect the molestation had on their lives. The (hash)MeToo movement reached the sports world in 2018 with a scandal that reverberated not just in locker rooms and gyms but in courthouses, in boardrooms and at kitchen tables. By Will Graves. SENT: 990 words, with photos.

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