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HOUSTON — The Tennessee Titans on Monday night face the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m. CST.
FRISCO, Texas — DeMarcus Lawrence may not get to last year’s career high of 14½ sacks, but the Dallas defensive end is doing plenty to earn another big payday, one way or another. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
METAIRIE, La. — Among the more encouraging sign for New Orleans during its 10-game unbeaten streak has been the emergence of several young, inexperienced receivers. They’ve quickly gained quarterback Drew Brees’ trust and more recently have helped New Orleans get in the end zone. The Saints on Thursday night visit the Dallas Cowboys. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
ASHBURN, Va. — The Redskins are expected to get left tackle Trent Williams back after he was hospitalized in Dallas, but Washington could go into a big game at the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles a week from now without its starting quarterback, third-down back, top two receivers and two-fifths of its offensive line. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas last played in the Big 12 championship game in 2009 when it looked to be there many, many times. The Longhorns instead have been through three head coaches and a whole of losing until their return to the title game this week. UT faces Oklahoma on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. By Jim Vertuno. 700 words, with photos.
FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-WIN & IN
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Neither No. 1 Alabama nor No. 4 Georgia is anxiously awaiting their playoff fates this season, but whoever wins the SEC championship game showdown is definitely in the playoffs. The Crimson Tide could even get in with a close loss. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
CHICAGO — The San Antonio Spurs on Monday night visit the Chicago Bulls. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.
WASHINGTON — Neither the Houston Rockets nor the Washington Wizards has been as good as expected this season as they head into a matchup Monday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.
BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL
Gonzaga pulled off what some considered impossible, stopping the Duke juggernaut in the Maui Invitational title game without one of its best players. Now the Zags are No. 1 again. Third in last week’s poll, Gonzaga leapfrogged No. 2 Kansas to the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 released Monday. The Zags received 32 first-place votes from a 65-person media panel, edging the Jayhawks by one. By John Marshall. SENT: 680 words, with photo.
FORT WORTH, Texas — After falling out of the new AP Top 25 from 18th, TCU will try to rebound from its first loss of the season at home against Eastern Michigan. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.
EUGENE, Ore. — Texas Southern plays Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.
BKC--TEXAS A&M-CC-TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Texas A&M-CC plays Texas Rio Grande Valley at UTRGV Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL
NEW YORK — Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday. Both teams faced deficits this past week in holiday tournament games before prevailing. The Irish needed to rally from 14 points down to beat No. 9 Oregon State in the Vancouver Showcase championship game to stay No. 1. The Huskies trailed St. John’s early in the fourth quarter at the Paradise Jam before winning by 10. Oregon, Baylor and Louisville followed Notre Dame and UConn in the poll voted on by a 31-member national media panel Monday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 470 words, with photo.
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NEW YORK — A postseason share on World Series champion Boston was worth $416,838, down from a record $438,902 for Houston in 2017. The commissioner’s office said Monday the Red Sox voted 66 full shares, 10.025 partial shares and eight cash awards. The Astros had 60 full shares, 9.23 partial shares and four cash awards. SENT: 160 words.
TOKYO — A French-American man from Texas has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean after a storm broke the mainsail of his support ship, organizers said Monday. Ben Lecomte of Austin, who had completed about 1,500 nautical miles of the 5,000-mile journey, called the premature end to the swim a deep disappointment. The announcement was made by Seeker, a San Francisco-based online science publisher that partnered with Lecomte and has been documenting his attempt. SENT: 180 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.
CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The former president of Michigan State University on Monday made her first court appearance since being charged with lying to investigators about what she knew during the investigation into sexual assault allegations against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Lou Anna Simon, 71, is accused of lying during an interview in May as investigators tried to figure how Nassar got away with his crimes for so long. She is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors. By David Eggert. SENT: 310 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
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