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

November 8, 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--MAVERICKS-JAZZ

SALT LAKE CITY — SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKN--SPURS-HEAT

MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside had 29 points, 20 rebounds and an NBA season-high nine blocked shots, and the Miami Heat snapped a four-year drought against San Antonio by beating the Spurs 95-88. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.

College

Men

BKC--T25-CS BAKERSFIELD-TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BKC--SAVANNAH ST-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — SENT: 600 words.

BKC--HOUSTON BAPTIST-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. — By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 700 words.

Women

— BKW--T25-RICE-TEXAS A&M — Chennedy Carter scored 22 points, Aaliyah Wilson and Kayla Wells combined for 34 and No. 20 Texas A&M defeated Rice 65-54 in the season opener for both teams. SENT: 160 words.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--SAINTS-BRYANT

METAIRIE, La. — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to join the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes from one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history in New Orleans’ Drew Brees. By Brett Martel. SENT: 860 words, photos.

FBN--HALFWAY-RUNNING RENAISSANCE

Ezekiel Elliott likes to give Todd Gurley credit for the renaissance of the running back in the NFL because the Los Angeles Rams star ended an unprecedented two-year stretch without someone at that high-profile position going in the first round of the draft. With Gurley and Elliott of the Cowboys among a growing number of productive and important backs, it’s a good time to be a runner again — not to mention the critical role that pass catching can play out of the backfield. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 1100 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.

FBN--BRONCOS-MOVING ON

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Vance Joseph says the Broncos and former Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas both need to just move on from their recent breakup. Thomas said in a radio interview Monday, a day after his successful homecoming in a 19-17 Texans win in Denver, that he was misled by the Broncos about the possibility of a trade, was asked to surrender snaps to the team’s rookie receivers and was heartbroken over not being named a captain this year. Joseph said Wednesday he had “great respect for D.T.,” was “disappointed with how he recalls the conversations going,” and “we’ve got to move on.” By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 710 words, photos.

College

FBC--SEC-WHAT’S AT STAKE

The calendar has barely hit November, but the Southeastern Conference championship game matchup is already decided: Alabama will meet Georgia for the league title in Atlanta on December 1. The remaining 12 teams can’t win the SEC, but there are still plenty of intriguing story lines during the final three weeks of the season. By David Brandt and Steve Megargee. SENT: 950 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--TEXAS TECH-BOWMAN — Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman has been released from a hospital again after sustaining a partially collapsed lung for the second time this season. SENT: 160 words.

High School

— FBH--TOP 10 SCHEDULE

BASEBALL:

MLB

— BBA--BLUE JAYS-COACH — The Toronto Blue Jays have hired Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens as their bench coach under new manager Charlie Montoyo. SENT: 150 words.

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