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

November 28, 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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HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--STARS-OILERS

EDMONTON, Alberta — SENT: 650 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--SAINTS-GETTING DEFENSIVE

METAIRIE, La. — Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan doesn’t sound interested in reviewing how the Saints gave up 48 points in Week 1 or 37 points in Week 3. “Early in the year, they gave up some points and yards and things like that, but you just really look at them in their last I guess three or four ballgames,” Linehan said. The more recent version of New Orleans’ defense hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in any of its past three games. “They’re just really doing a good job of getting stops and creating negative plays for the other team, whether it be sacks or turnovers,” Linehan said. “We’ve got a big challenge.” By Brett Martel. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FBN--TEXANS-RUNNING GAME

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans set a franchise-record by running for 281 yards in a 34-17 win over Tennessee on Monday. Now the Texans will try and keep Lamar Miller and their running game going as they try to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games when they host Cleveland on Sunday. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--PITTSBURGH THREAT-NFL PLAYOFFS — Federal prosecutors say a San Antonio man who threatened to go through with a mass shooting and suicide at an NFL playoff game in Pittsburgh has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. SENT: 150 words. Moved on general and sports news services.

College

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

Oklahoma was No. 5 in the pivotal second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings just released, ahead of Ohio State heading into championship weekend when the final four will be set. The biggest question facing the selection committee this week was how much to value Ohio State’s 62-39 blowout of Michigan on Saturday. The answer: The Buckeyes moved up four spots but were still stuck behind the Sooners. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.

FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend’s Power Five conference championship games. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-BROWN

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina has agreed to a five-year deal with Mack Brown that will pay the former Texas coach $3.5 million annually in his second stint with the Tar Heels. The school released terms of the deal shortly before its news conference with Brown, athletic director Bubba Cunningham and chancellor Carol Folt. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 820 words, photos.

FBC--T25-BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma’s offense is statistically one of the best in college football history. It still might not be good enough to get the Sooners a Big 12 title or a slot in the College Football Playoff. Coach Lincoln Riley’s team leads the nation in total offense and scoring offense. The Sooners average 8.9 yards per play, ahead of the FBS record of 8.6 set by Hawaii in 2006, and they have scored at least 45 points in eight straight games. The fifth-ranked Sooners (11-1) are seeking their fourth straight conference title Saturday in the Big 12 championship game against ninth-ranked Texas (9-3). By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-GEORGIA-BAMA REMATCH

ATHENS, Ga. — They avoided the subject all season — especially in recent weeks, when they knew there would be a rematch against mighty Alabama. But make no mistake: This is a game the Georgia Bulldogs have wanted since last January, when the Crimson Tide pulled out a 26-23 overtime victory in the national championship game. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 910 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.

BASKETBALL:

College

Men

BKC--NORTH TEXAS-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Jamuni McNeace had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Oklahoma defeat North Texas 73-57. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKC--SOUTH DAKOTA-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas — King McClure scored 15 points, and Baylor finished the game on a 12-0 run in a 63-57 win over South Dakota. By Jason Orts. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— BKC--HOWARD PAYNE-ABILENE CHRISTIAN — Joe Pleasant had 15 points and Payten Ricks added 14 as Abilene Christian remained undefeated, beating Division III Howard Payne 90-53. SENT: 140 words.

— BKC--LAMAR-SMU — Jahmal McMurray led five SMU players in double figures with 18 points as the Mustangs took an early lead and coasted to a 79-65 victory over Lamar. SENT: 160 words.

— BKC--TEXAS-ARLINGTON-TULSA — DaQuan Jeffries drilled four from deep to scored 24 points as Tulsa took control in the second half to beat Texas-Arlington 72-58. SENT: 110 words.

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBO--PLAYERS CHOICE AWARDS

IRVING, Texas — Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson became the first three-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, part of the players’ association’s Players Choice Awards. SENT: 200 words.

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