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

May 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 800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. David Warren is at the desk after 6 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — James Harden and Eric Gordon scored 27 points each and Harden and Clint Capela each grabbed 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors 127-105 to even up the Western Conference finals at 1-1. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKN--ROCKETS--GREEN’S JOURNEY

HOUSTON — Gerald Green was at a crossroads. Released by Milwaukee in training camp, the career journeyman couldn’t find another NBA team. He contemplated playing internationally and in the G League, but no one had any use for the over-30 player with almost a decade of NBA experience. “I was like: ‘Look man, when Jan. 1, 2018, hits, if I’m unsigned, I’m putting out a big statement on my Instagram letting everybody know, thank you for the awesome career over all these years but I’m done,’” he said. Just four days shy of his self-imposed deadline, Green received the call that his hometown Houston Rockets wanted him. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,110 words, with photos.

Also:

— BKN--NBA AWARDS FINALISTS — Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award. SENT: 140 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--ASTROS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — SENT: 750 words, photos.

With:

— BBA--ASTROS-MOVES — The Houston Astros recalled outfielder Tony Kemp from Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday after sending Jake Marisnick down after the previous night’s game. SENT: 330 words.

BBA--RANGERS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — The line drive off the bat of Seattle’s Jean Segura was estimated at 101 mph. As much as Texas starter Bartolo Colon tried to get his glove up and shift his body, there was no way he could avoid being struck. After Colon picked up the loose ball and threw Segura out at first base, he laughed as the Rangers staff rushed to check on him. “The important thing is we won the game and I was able to get the out,” Colon said through an interpreter. “He got me on the side. It was not in the middle. And I have a big belly so I can (handle) it.” All kidding aside, Colon put together arguably his best performance of the season on Wednesday, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Rangers a 5-1 win over the Mariners. By Tim Booth. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

College

FBC--OBIT-SLIVE

With bold vision, keen intellect and a gentle manner, Mike Slive guided the Southeastern Conference to unprecedented success and prosperity in 13 years as commissioner. He pushed for a college football playoff years before others embraced it and was a steadying force during a time of enormous growth and volatility throughout college athletics. Slive died Wednesday at the age of 77 in Birmingham, Alabama, where he lived with his wife, Liz, three years after retiring to battle prostate cancer. The Southeastern Conference did not provide the cause of death. During tumultuous conference realignment across the nation, the SEC expanded from 12 to 14 schools with the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M in 2012 under Slive. He was the catalyst behind the creation of the SEC Network, which launched in 2014. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--TEXAS-ALABAMA — Texas and Alabama, which last met in 2010 Rose Bowl, will play each other in 2022 and 2023. Texas officials announced the agreement Wednesday. Alabama will travel to Texas in 2022 and the teams meet in Tuscaloosa the following year. The Longhorns will push a home-and-home series with Ohio State from those years back to 2025-2026. SENT: 130 words.

— FBC--ESPN-SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL — National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC’s first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In week two, Penn State will face Pittsburgh for the ABC Saturday Night Game. Ohio State faces TCU at Arlington, Texas, the following Saturday night. SENT: 130 words. Moved on entertainment and sports news services.

GOLF:

PGA Tour

GLF--BYRON NELSON

DALLAS — Jordan Spieth didn’t try to sell his peers on joining him at a new links-style course for the 50th anniversary of his hometown AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. The three-time major winner says he was honest when asked over the past year about the undulating layout, with no trees or water hazards, on what used to be a landfill a few miles south of downtown Dallas. The fields weren’t great the past decade at the TPC Four Seasons resort in suburban Irving, the tournament’s home for 35 years. The return to Dallas at Trinity Forest Golf Club, named for the 6,000 acres of thick trees surrounding the course, didn’t do much to change that, at least for now. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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