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

August 17, 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.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Rougned Odor singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning after an out call that would have ended the inning was reversed as the Texas Rangers rallied from a five-run first-inning deficit to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-6. SENT: 750 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is still out of the lineup because of his troublesome left hamstring, but still on the active roster and hoping to avoid a third trip to the disabled list this season. “That’s the question right now. We want to wait a couple days,” the 39-year-old Beltre said. SENT: 450 words, photos.

Little League


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Outfielder Rolando Rodriguez from Panama heard a reporter’s question, but doesn’t speak English. So Georgia shortstop Tai Peete helped him out, pecking the words into Google Translate to ask about how young baseball players are sharing technology during the Little League World Series. “It was easier than expected,” Rodriguez said of the language barrier, speaking through an interpreter. So goes life in the International Grove, the dorms where 16 teams all are staying during the double-elimination tournament in pursuit of a world title. Apps and even video games are making it easier for the boys to communicate and get to know each other — making smartphones a key part rather than a distraction during their moment of a lifetime. Eight teams are from U.S. states, including Texas, while the other teams represent various countries around the world and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. By Sara Perlowitz. SENT: 500 words, photos.




CLEVELAND — Dez Bryant and the Browns are still in the courtship phase. Their future together is uncertain. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his agent, Kim Maile, has met with team officials at the Browns’ headquarters in Berea, Ohio. The sides got to know each other better, and they are expected to meet again Friday to discuss a potential contract for Bryant with Cleveland. Released by Dallas in April after eight seasons, Bryant is looking for a new NFL home and Cleveland, could be the place where he continues a brilliant career that has stalled. By Tom Withers. SENT: 730 words, photos.



FORT WORTH, Texas — Shawn Robinson started one game last season, which makes him TCU’s most experienced quarterback. The Horned Frogs, who made it to the Big 12 championship game last year, has solid running backs and big-play receivers around him. But they’ve already had a big loss on defense. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.


Texas Tech hopes to get defensive in the Big 12, and not be in a position where the Red Raiders feel like they have to score every position with a young quarterback. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 720 words, photos.


Baylor made a lot of progress in coach Matt Rhule’s first season despite that 1-11 record. “We’re tackling issues and tackling character development. We’re mentoring, developing, educating and I’m proud of the things we’re doing as a college football program,” Rhule said. “I know we’re trying to move away from the past and learn from the past, but part of that is being really proud about what you’re doing in the present.” By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 720 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — The frustration at Texas is visible in — of all places — the flowing golden curls of senior defensive end Breckyn Hager. Hager was a freshman when he vowed he wouldn’t cut his hair until Texas won the Big 12 Conference. His hair now stretches down to his sternum. Yep, it’s been that long — much longer, really — since Texas mattered in the Big 12. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 770 words, photos.


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M lured Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State with a huge contract to bring the Aggies their first national title since Franklin Roosevelt was president. Fans won’t have to wait long to see how the team stacks up against college football’s elite with 2016 national champion Clemson visiting College Station on Sept. 8 and the Aggies trekking to Tuscaloosa to play defending champion Alabama in Week 4. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 810 words.



MONTREAL — Johnny Manziel described his condition as a “delayed onset concussion” and said he had headaches. The Montreal quarterback spoke on a podcast five days after taking a big hit and fumbling at the goal line in the Alouettes’ 24-17 loss at Ottawa. SENT: 200 words, photos.


US Amateur


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Texas teen Cole Hammer has won two matches at Pebble Beach to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals. Hammer, the 18-year-old Houston player headed to the University of Texas this fall, beat Joshua McCarthy of Danville 1 up in the morning in the round of 32, and topped Zach Murray of Australia 2 and 1 in the afternoon in the round of 16. Hammer has won 12 straight matches, including his Western Amateur victory. By James Raia. SENT: 400 words.


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